The “GIF” has become a very powerful means of communication on the Internet for some time. I tend to send gifs to my friends in response or in response to something they said, and often they sent me one back. Then I would send someone else. Then someone would send someone else. Then someone else would send another one into the group chat. I don`t know if we`re really communicating at this point, but it`s just that we can`t talk in a different environment like this hostel! “Gif Wars,” on the other hand, isn`t really something I`ve ever gotten involved in, I`m afraid of it either. While I`m sure my friends participated, I`m not too clear and follow the rules. When I look on Reddit, I find that they are very different people trying to outdo themselves when trying to create the best gifs: www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/36o0n6/what_is_the_gif_war/ For me, however, I would normally participate in my own little GIF wars with friends by browsing sites like Giphy and finding the best gifs fun and relevant to the context. I would say that the goal of GIF wars is to achieve maximum happiness and entertainment in as short a time as possible.
For this reason, all participants are effectively on the same team – despite all the “ritual abuses” that can occur – so GIF wars can be seen as attempts to break the tennis rally world record rather than defeat an opponent in a tennis match. However, we can still establish some rules for participation. Personally, I don`t think GIF wars are a very common thing. Yes, I sometimes use GIFs in my online communication because I find them quite entertaining, but I`ve never really experienced or been part of a GIF war. I think they`re similar to emojis in that they add a humorous and light tone to the message you`re sending. When I scroll through my conversations in Messenger (one of the few messaging apps that has its own GIF keyboard), GIFs aren`t used much by me or the person I`m talking to. I realized that I could not fully understand the rules of this new form of communication without participating in it myself. I agree with Blommaert`s view that relational, interactional, and historical context is essential to understanding a meme, and I would argue that this also applies to GIF wars. They know the humor and limitations of the other participant. For example, if I sent GIFs to my brother about how drunk he was at our cousin`s wedding, he will find it funny and respond with a relevant GIF. But when I started sending cat GIFs, I doubt he`d even respond. Does that mean I win? Or did I lose by ending the conversation? I think the rules of a GIF war are much more implicit than winning and losing.
I see a GIF “war” more as a cooperative conversation; If you send all your best material and only get the GIF of the dancing baby, the conversation won`t be very entertaining. There is some pressure during these conversations to be as funny as the other participant. I never really thought about sending multiple GIFs in a conversation with friends or family as a “war,” but now I`m thinking about it, I can see how it could be. I guess it sounds like an actual war where two or more parties are fighting to win. As some of my other classmates have mentioned, you would assume that the rules of “war” are to keep sending those that are relevant to the conversation until someone gives up and stops sending them. If this person stops, he could be declared a loser and his opposition victorious over the war. Finally, contact No. 3 responded with a soft GIF of Pikachu and we continued the conversation with the GIFs for about 10 minutes before it became a written text. From this experience, I would say the rules are: take turns sending GIFs, the funnier the GIF, the better, find a GIF that maintains good communication, and the final rule is to make sure that the person you`re trying to fight a GIF war with has the right technology to be able to send one back. I`ve learned that GIF wars (or as I`d call them GIF conversations) are actually a common thing, despite my previous beliefs. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what the GIF is trying to communicate because there can be several different interpretations. This is especially true if you`re using a GIF without text.
However, it`s important to remember that GIF wars aren`t meant for serious purposes, they`re just a fun way to use technology as a means of entertainment. For a GIF war to actually work, from what I know, using it in a conversation, I would assume that each GIF must have a purpose that fits the conversation/war, otherwise what`s the point? Secondly, I think each GIF should only be used once, otherwise everyone would say the same thing, which would lead to nothing and end the war or conversation in my case. Third, as with any conversation, face-to-face, each person speaks one by one, unless there are interruptions or disagreements. Therefore, I think a GIF war would work the same way, for a group discussion, one person is speaking, but if there are 30 people in the group chat, then the field is open for everyone, then all could respond at the same time. Fourth, I would say that no one intentionally participates in a conversation they don`t want to join, so I think if you`re “downplaying” a GIF war, you shouldn`t be participating in imgur.com/gallery/Dj9YGvR. Fifthly and finally, I think a conversation would last as long as there is something to discuss. Similarly, I think for a GIF war, as long as there is a topic that can have an answer and there is access to the Internet, the war would only end when there is nothing left to post. So I guess those would probably be the rules of GIF warfare. As for the “rules” of GIF wars via Messenger, for me they are as follows: 1) All GIFs used must be known to both parties or at least have heard of them.
Using slightly less referenced GIFs can often end the conversation. 2) The more suitable the GIF is for the situation, the better! Which rule 1 can thwart in certain situations. 3) As with any conversation, context is extremely important. If someone sends you that their grandmother just died, don`t respond with a GIF. Or if you talk to your teacher, you may not start a GIF war either. 4) If the GIF/meme used between the participants in the war is frequently referenced in the group, bonus points! 5) It`s one GIF per turn. Personally, I see “gif wars” as a conversation, although it doesn`t explicitly involve written messages, but rather uses visuals and is generally more creative. In our homemade group chat, we have these “GIF wars”, if we can`t bother to type or make fun of each other, the conversation becomes more fun. They usually end up when the topic changes or a twist becomes too long, in terms of sentences that relate to each other, gifs tend to follow a topic, much like a written conversation and so you can see that they can follow other rules of conversation like taking turns. In summary, it seems that while there are no published rules for what constitutes a “GIF war,” people only measure how you interact with them based on the unwritten rules of the conversation. It also depends on who you`re talking to and the context of the conversation. Personally, I think the winner of a GIF war would be the person who made me laugh the most or used the most relevant GIF for a conversation.
I wonder if one day we will see other brands in GIF wars. Then I tried to answer the question “What are the `rules` of this game?” and I tried to understand what the main guidelines of this war are, which is perhaps a simple conversation for my family. In the case of my family`s cat, there is no real beginning. Truth be told, I don`t know when this GIF trend started. When I write a message, one of my brothers responds with a GIF, usually funny. Therefore, my other brother responds with a different GIF (thematically) and so on. We know that the GIF must be linked to the topic and each member usually sends them one after the other. Finally, I`m not quite sure I can answer you with the rules, the do`s and don`ts of a GIF war. This has always been something I understood as spontaneous, not a certain “let`s do it!”, someone will send a GIF, they will get something in return, and so on. My personal hypothesis of the result should be to see who can make themselves laugh the most! The question I am interested in is: How is this done? If a GIF war is some kind of conversation or some kind of “game,” what are the “rules” of the game? Is there a winner and a loser? How do I start and end a GIF war? What is the relationship between a “twist” in the conversation and the previous “twist”?.