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cooljeanius
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(09-05-2014, 02:17 PM)
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You know, this one:

It seems that often on NeoGAF people will post it as if they were sincerely clapping for the post they quoted. I long suspected that this was the incorrect usage of this gif, but as it had been a while since I had actually seen Citizen Kane, I actually thought it was incorrect in the wrong direction. I used to interpret it as a begrudging clap, as in, "I don't normally like to clap for you, but your post was just so good that I find myself forced to clap for you despite my dislike for you. Touché, you bastard." However, I recently was reading a film theory textbook that had some analysis of Citizen Kane in it, and that reminded me that my previous interpretation was actually the exact opposite of the correct context for the scene. As some background, leading up to this scene, Kane had been trying to build up his mistress-turned-second-wife, Susan, as an opera star to make her look like more than just some fling he had. In this scene, Susan had just given a "bad" (by the standards of the time) opera performance, and Kane realized that it was bad, but was still forcing himself to clap for it to show support for his creation. So really, the correct usage of the gif would then be to have it mean, "Your post was really bad, but you are my protégé, and so I must clap for you to build the impression that your post was actually good, because my mental well-being depends on your posting success." However, I rarely ever see anyone use it in this third way. I realize that that exact context is kind of rare, but could people at least be aware of it before just using the gif willy-nilly? Unless someone else has a better interpretation...

(and I fully expect to see someone try to use the gif self-referentially in this thread at least once... they will most likely be doing it wrong though)
Tempesta di Fuoco
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(09-05-2014, 02:17 PM)
That is the Citizen Kane of gifs.
NegroNinja
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(09-05-2014, 02:18 PM)
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It's not that serious dude.
strafer
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(09-05-2014, 02:18 PM)
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is there a color version?
GK86
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(09-05-2014, 02:18 PM)
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Now we have to use gifts correctly?

Herewego.gif
BronsonLee
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(09-05-2014, 02:19 PM)
Whenever I want to, dammit
Dicer
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(09-05-2014, 02:19 PM)
I'll use it how and when I want...
George Oscar Bluth II
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(09-05-2014, 02:20 PM)
Using GIFs "correctly" would kind of invalidate a lot of them, I think.
CapitalismSucks DonkeyBalls
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(09-05-2014, 02:20 PM)
Go outside, dude. Holy shit.
Tempesta di Fuoco
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(09-05-2014, 02:20 PM)

Originally Posted by Dicer

I'll use it how and when I want...

Prophet Steve
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(09-05-2014, 02:20 PM)
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Either we already had a thread on this once, or the subject was brought up in a thread. Also people seemed to not be able to agree, whether he was blinded by love or whether he knew it was bad.

It is a gif of a clapping guy, people use it as a guy that is clapping. The context in the movie does not matter.

EDIT: Well, not blinded by love. But blinded because of his personal involvement makes more sense. Has been a while since I've seen the movie.
Last edited by Prophet Steve; 09-05-2014 at 02:23 PM.
Reuenthal
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(09-05-2014, 02:21 PM)
It's a clapping gif, correct usage varies and has little to do with a person's understanding of the meaning of the clapping in the film.
erpg
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(09-05-2014, 02:21 PM)
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The intention doesn't matter. It's a man clapping, and you use it when you want to evoke the thought of a man clapping.
number11
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(09-05-2014, 02:21 PM)
Always wondered where that gif was from (Never seen Citizen Kane)
cheezcake
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(09-05-2014, 02:21 PM)
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I wonder what percentage of people know this gif is from Citizen Kane in the first place
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impirius
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)
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I don't get it. Why is he clapping if there's no food?
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)
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Originally Posted by Prophet Steve

Either we already had a thread on this once, or the subject was brought up in a thread. Also people seemed to not be able to agree, whether he was blinded by love or whether he knew it was bad.

It is a gif of a clapping guy, people use it as a guy that is clapping. The context in the movie does not matter.

Yeah, there has been a thread on this. It was in that thread that I first learned the context.
Reuenthal
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)

Originally Posted by impirius

I don't get it. Why is he clapping if there's no food?

He has just seen a film
StuBurns
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)
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Kane isn't clapping to show support, he's clapping because he's an egomaniac who can't accept that his girlfriend doesn't have the talent he'd hoped. He was unable to accept his defeat, showing a decline in his objectivity following the end of his political career.

And it's a gif of a dude clapping, who gives a fuck?
zoukka
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)
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Internet is not that smart OP I'm sorry.
monome
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)
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all I can think about now is the the same attitude while he spanks her for her shitty performance.
Dicer
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(09-05-2014, 02:22 PM)

Originally Posted by Tempesta di Fuoco

sixteen-bit
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(09-05-2014, 02:23 PM)
gif police
Squalor
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(09-05-2014, 02:23 PM)
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O.P., get off the Internet and get some sleep.
VegiHam
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(09-05-2014, 02:23 PM)
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I mean, it isn't just a gif of a man clapping. It's a man clapping with an intense, off-putting expression. I find it odd how people use the gif and ignore how pissed off the dude looks.

So I kinda get the OPs point here.
George Oscar Bluth II
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(09-05-2014, 02:24 PM)
This thread is a great excuse to post this GIF.

cooljeanius
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(09-05-2014, 02:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by GK86

Now we have to use gifts correctly?

Herewego.gif

gifs, like words, have meanings. If you would like other people to understand your meaning behind posting your gif, it would be helpful if your meaning for the gif aligned with the meaning that your interlocutors also assign to it. Otherwise we're just talking past each other or otherwise misunderstanding one another.
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(09-05-2014, 02:25 PM)
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Another .gif that bugs me, is the one with the guy who is trying to say something and then probably thinks it over or something, and cheekpalms (sic) himself.

I don't know the film it's from, so I don't know if this is the correct context, or if he just realises there's no point in disagreeing with what the other party considers a given.
heliosRAzi
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(09-05-2014, 02:25 PM)
The context doesn't matter since a lot of people haven't seen the movie. What does matter is that his expression is usually interpreted as "That shit is so damn good!"

Limiting gifs to just their contexts from the shows they're pulled from would really put a hamper on everything.
Ovid
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(09-05-2014, 02:25 PM)

Originally Posted by Not The Droid You're Looking For

This thread is a great excuse to post this GIF.

Was this from the Americans clapping for food thread?

LOL, I missed this.
wildfire
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(09-05-2014, 02:26 PM)

Originally Posted by zoukka

Internet is not that smart OP I'm sorry.



Following OP's guidelines
slit
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(09-05-2014, 02:26 PM)
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Ae you kiddng? GAF can't agree on anything.
Riposte
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(09-05-2014, 02:26 PM)
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I wanted to make a thread about what gifs precisely mean to you...

In the case of the OP, I don't believe the original context matters much.
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(09-05-2014, 02:26 PM)

Originally Posted by Not The Droid You're Looking For

This thread is a great excuse to post this GIF.

aka "you really eat too much, but you are american so i must clap for you" :)
cooljeanius
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(09-05-2014, 02:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by EskimoJoe

Yeah, there has been a thread on this. It was in that thread that I first learned the context.

Well I searched for "Citizen Kane" and couldn't find it... do you have a link?
Yrael
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(09-05-2014, 02:27 PM)
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I have always loved this gif. The original context doesn't matter to me - what sells it is the fierce, vehement expression on his face as he claps. It comes across as someone fervently applauding a post as though at that moment, it's the most important thing in the entire world.
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(09-05-2014, 02:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Not The Droid You're Looking For

This thread is a great excuse to post this GIF.

That is amazing.
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(09-05-2014, 02:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by sixteen-bit

gif police

Prophet Steve
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(09-05-2014, 02:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by VegiHam

I mean, it isn't just a gif of a man clapping. It's a man clapping with an intense, off-putting expression. I find it odd how people use the gif and ignore how pissed off the dude looks.

So I kinda get the OPs point here.

Well, in the movie that isn't too weird as he isn't exactly the most cheery type. It is an intense look though, but you don't have to see it as off-putting.
Dicer
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(09-05-2014, 02:29 PM)
Clap for me, I made a thread on the wrong side...
RionaaM
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(09-05-2014, 02:30 PM)
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I never watched this movie. I've heard, however, the famous phrase "it was his sled" (spoiled just in case). I have no idea what it means in context.
Randam
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(09-05-2014, 02:31 PM)
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Yeah, the context in the movie doesn't matter.

For me it is kind like, that post was so awesome I am almost not able to clap, but I force myself to do it anyway, because the post just deserves it.



And I bet, there are a couple of more gifa not used in the "right" context.
Prophet Steve
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(09-05-2014, 02:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by Vandrar

Another .gif that bugs me, is the one with the guy who is trying to say something and then probably thinks it over or something, and cheekpalms (sic) himself.

I don't know the film it's from, so I don't know if this is the correct context, or if he just realises there's no point in disagreeing with what the other party considers a given.



This one? It is from the show Firefly. But I do think it was something where there is no point of going against it. I am not sure what you think that others mean.
cooljeanius
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(09-05-2014, 02:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by StuBurns

Kane isn't clapping to show support, he's clapping because he's an egomaniac who can't accept that his girlfriend doesn't have the talent he'd hoped. He was unable to accept his defeat, showing a decline in his objectivity following the end of his political career.

Hm, this may be a better interpretation, although it limits the usage possibilities of the gif even further though, unless you just throw up your hands and say:

Originally Posted by StuBurns

And it's a gif of a dude clapping, who gives a fuck?

At which point... actually nvm.

Originally Posted by Squalor

O.P., get off the Internet and get some sleep.

I only just woke up, and the first thing that greeted me on the Internet today was someone misusing this gif. This thread was just something to do while I eat breakfast...
George Oscar Bluth II
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(09-05-2014, 02:32 PM)

Originally Posted by Prophet Steve



This one? It is from the show Firefly. But I do think it was something where there is no point of going against it. I am not sure what you think that others mean.

I think it's from Castle.
ObbyDent
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(09-05-2014, 02:33 PM)

Originally Posted by Prophet Steve



This one? It is from the show Firefly. But I do think it was something where there is no point of going against it. I am not sure what you think that others mean.

That is actually from the cop show Castle. :)
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(09-05-2014, 02:34 PM)
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That's the The Last Of Us of gifs.
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Originally Posted by heliosRAzi

The context doesn't matter since a lot of people haven't seen the movie. What does matter is that his expression is usually interpreted as "That shit is so damn good!"

Limiting gifs to just their contexts from the shows they're pulled from would really put a hamper on everything.

But if you do know what the context of the GIF is, their post sometimes ironically turns into the exact opposite of what they meant. That's what bugs people
Prophet Steve
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(09-05-2014, 02:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by Not The Droid You're Looking For

I think it's from Castle.

Originally Posted by ObbyDent

That is actually from the cop show Castle. :)

Ah yes, that could have been it too. My bad.

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