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Volume 30, Issue 59
  • ISSN: 0845-4450
  • E-ISSN: 2048-6928


[What’s Happening?] I’m feeling emotionallooks to how animated GIFS, used as emotional aides in online conversation, might be changing the ways that we relate. While the reliance on GIFs as stand-ins for emotional expressions may be a way to build the social back into online communication and a reaffirmation of the role of emotion in society as an important and even critical requirement; the essay considers how the over representation of fictional characters, animals, and cultural stereotypes selected by algorithms may be shifting culture in ways we haven’t yet realized.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): Communication; GIFS; Internet; Online; Visual Culture
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