Tuesday Trends is a “sometimes” weekly post that covers, in brief, emerging movements, innovations, or strategies that you can integrate, tweak, or ponder as you organize your program.
You’ve heard me talk about tumblr on this blog before. Tumblr is a popular blog platform among teens and tweens where affirmation, individuality, and affinity are accentuated and empowered. Tumblr, like Twitter, has become a platform alternative for teens who are disinterested in Facebook and seeking anonymity.
ANIMATED GIFS: EMERGING EXPRESSION
For some time there has been a growing increase in teens who leverage gifs as a means of expression and emotional connection. We all know that a picture paints a thousand words but for students who use tumblr a gif paints and portrays their deepest emotion. This is different from a meme which uses a single image accompanied with words in a sarcastic manner.
The following examples of this use where lifted from a few Tumblr blogs where kids are using this form of expression.
Today my English teacher gave the class a list of things that we should read in order to become an “intelligent, well rounded human being”.
One of them was Le Morte D’Arthur
And I’m just like
Here’s another example…
So over the last few weeks I have made a bunch of new friends on here
but I crave more
so anyone who likes/reblogs this I will take it as you want to be best friends & I will message you!
What does this mean for youth advocates?
I’m sure I’m not sharing with too many of you new information but if you’re like me and you’re looking for ways to connect and capture communication moments animated gifs may help you articulate things perfectly! When you’re using digital platforms and possibly even live presentation moments gifs can be a way to connect with students to convey a point in a language they understand and gravitate toward.
Animated gifs are not a communication crutch for kids as much as they are a way of building affinity for their topic or words. They know how to express themselves but will sometimes do so through a gif because it’s funny and creates a sense of credibility around the subject of the gif.