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Original: Eye Rolling Robert Downey Jr.

Description: In The Avengers scene, released in theaters on April 11th, 2012, the character Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) rolls his eyes after the character Captain America candidly exclaimed that he understood a reference during a meeting at the superheroes headquarters. On August 27th, Tumblr user lostiel posted an animated GIF of Downey rolling his eyes, which received more than 35,400 notes over the next four years.

Notes on content

On April 2013, the GIF was submitted to the animated GIF database Replygifs. On August 27th, BuzzFeed highlighted the reaction GIF in a compilation titled “The 32 Most Iconic Eye Rolls Of All Time.” On March 29th, 2013, a still from the scene was uploaded to a Meme Generator page titled “Robert Downey Junior Face,” which accumulated over 14,000 variations over the next three years. The picture was subsequently reposted to Imgflip, where it garnered more than 130 pages of “The Face You Make” captioned examples.

GIF-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=5Pl1LAr-Cd4

Notes on form

This is the original photo. There is no caption yet but one can already guess that this memetic photo could go viral. Already we see a genre of humor because we can generate captions or background information in our minds. Most who roll their eyes do so because of something annoying or irritating but as a funny, joking-like response. It is likely that no form of application or photoshop was used but simply the screenshot tool to create this macro image.

Notes on stance

Participation: This meme came from a GIF which came from a movie clip which came from a movie. The sharing audience could be those who have watched The Avengers, those who are Tumblr users, or simply teens.
Keying: tone is funny, register is teens or young adults, specifically those who have a Tumblr account or who watch the movie
Communication function: Referential-- refers to the movie. Emotive-- it provokes laughter or a smile.

Memeticness

Frozen Motion is working here. Viewers see Robert Downy Jr. rolling his eyes and think "I could make a meme out of this". This original photo is very memetic for that reason. It wasn't until someone took a screenshot of the original GIF from the original movie clip that this scene became memetic-- although this photo did come from an already memetic GIF.
It also includes an ordinary person, although he is a celebrity, in a humorous, simple moment of movement.

Specify the kind of variation

This is the original.

Memetic features

This is the original. It's popularity is still being researched and evaluated therefore there is no information about it's life as a meme.

Genre

Stock Character Macro and film. This is a screenshot from a movie so it appeals automatically to anyone who has viewed this movie.

Family Guy

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Description

This image was found on know-you-meme, and was a submission by a user named tomberry. According to his bio he is a "database moderator & French specialist & pony hater". It was uploaded about a year ago.

Notes on content

This image is a derivative from the original photo-- someone added a caption to the already funny screenshot. "When a Family Guy joke goes on for way too long". This is referring to the fact that in a lot of Family Guy episodes, some funny scenarios, fights, jokes, or off-topic events last for several minutes in the show. As a fan of Family Guy I can relate to the meme. Yeah the joke is always funny but when it starts to surpassed 30 seconds we feel like "here we go again..."

Notes on form

This image contains the original along with the classic "meme text"-- the caption is in large white letters with black outline. It was definitely used with a meme generator. The genre is humor.

Notes on stance

Participation: All of the 158 views shown on the right indicate that people have seen it. It could be someone who found the meme on google or was someone like me who found it on know-your-meme.
Keying: Rolling of the eyes is usually a sign of annoyance or a reaction to something that has been repeated way too many times. (Like when your mom tells you to clean your room for the umpteenth time and your sick of hearing it). Here, the rolling of the eyes is in response to the repetitiveness of Family Guys prolonged jokes.
Communication function: Referential because it is referring to a Tv show that a selective group of people watch. Also emotive because it makes us laugh is we understand it. Register would be young adults, adolescents, and more specifically those who have watched Family Guy and understand the caption.

Memeticness



Specify the kind of variation

Remix-- the original photo is there, just a caption is added.

Memetic features



Genre

Stock Character Macro and film and now television.

Frozen

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Description

This image was also uploaded by tomberry. It has had 208 views and was uploaded about a year ago, probably the same time as the Family Guy image. It can be found through google search or at know-your-meme.

Notes on content

This image would have been popular especially back in 2013 when Frozen first became a phenomenon. The idea behind this image is the response to the rapidly growing popular of the movie, at the time. Frozen this, Frozen that. It was the Justin Bieber of 2013-- if you hadn't heard of it, watch it, or seen social media posts about it, you were out of the loop. I can related to this image simply because Frozen was such a breakthrough in Disney film and it broke blockbuster records as well as created a slew of merchandise.

Notes on form

This was made with a meme generator as well-- watermark is in the right bottom corner. Genre is humor.

Notes on stance

Participation: the 208 viewers are participating. The meme was probably on social media via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram during it's hype so I'm guessing participation includes a much bigger number than just of those who view it through know-your-meme.
Keying: tone is funny and relatable, style is classic and consistence to other memes since it's from a generator. Register would be adolescents or even adults with kids. It's designated to those who are annoyed with the Frozen hype-- but really that should be everybody.
Communication: Referential because it refers to a movie that one would have to be familiar with.

That Face You Make

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Description

This image was uploaded to know-your-meme by a user named Don. His description reads "Administrator & Meme Daddy". It was uploaded about a year ago-- I'm starting to see that maybe this meme overall was popular last year. There's 236 views that were from know-your-meme. This image originally came from imgflip.com, a meme creating site. It was created by a user named Meme_maker9 19 months ago.

Notes on content

This is a relatable image to anyone who has been in this situation. This image addresses to situation where one is working hard and then not for a few moments and gets scolded.

Notes on form

This image was created with a meme generator. It contains the "meme text" with the white and black outlined letters. The genre is humor, as all of these images relate to some kind of annoying but relatable situation.

Notes on stance

Participation: The 236 viewers from know-your-meme are participating. Those who have shared, viewed, or posted it on other social media sites are participating.
Keying: Tone is funny, but situational. One needs to understand the caption but it is easy for those who haven't been in this particular situation too. Register could be anyone with a phone, anyone with a job, and more specifically those who have been in this situation. My guess is adolescents or young adults who keep their phone close at work.
Communication: ??

Memeticness

Notes on memetic features that the meme is using.

Specify the kind of variation


Memetic features

Make an extended consideration of the features that make the meme memetic: those features that spur the creation of variation and spread. Draw on Shifman's list of features, but also supplement her observations with your own.


Does this meme show other features that spur memetic development, or features that seem to put an end to development? Parody? Satire? Nastiness? …. Or, is there another reason circulation of the meme has died?


Genre

Refer to Shifman, chap 7. She lists nine. There will be others. You may discover others.

New Year

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Description

This image was also uploaded by tomberry. It has 196 views from this site and was uploaded about a year ago.

Notes on content

"New Year, New Me", is a common caption/ post around that time of year. People have posted derivatives like "New phone, new me," or "new hair, new me". But this is the original caption. This image mocks and makes fun of that idea. Just like Family Guy Jokes and Frozen, this is an image humorously displaying the outrageous popularity of something that is considered annoying and repetitive.

Notes on form

This was made with a meme generator. it has the logo in the bottom right corner. It contains the same text and font and the other derivatives.

Notes on stance

Participation: The 196 viewers are participating, and anyone else who has viewed, shared, or posted it.
Keying: Humor and mockery. The register could be anyone, especially those who have social media sites and see these posts frequently.
Communication: Referential because it refers to other captions, tweets, posts, status updates that have occurred in the past.

Memeticness

Notes on memetic features that the meme is using.

Specify the kind of variation


Memetic features

Make an extended consideration of the features that make the meme memetic: those features that spur the creation of variation and spread. Draw on Shifman's list of features, but also supplement her observations with your own.


Does this meme show other features that spur memetic development, or features that seem to put an end to development? Parody? Satire? Nastiness? …. Or, is there another reason circulation of the meme has died?


Genre

Refer to Shifman, chap 7. She lists nine. There will be others. You may discover others.
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