Rat – Turkey Vulture

 

rat-vultWhen it comes to conducting tests related to intelligence, learning, and drug abuse,[1] a free-style combination of land animals, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans[2] can cause damage to agricultural crops and garden plants, and are[3] diametrically opposed to those very fruity wines marked by[4] the iconoclasm of the Byzantine Isaurian Dynasty.[5] Archaeological evidence indeed shows first traces of[6] a collaborative form of fine art that uses[7] a single reed made from the cane of Arundo donax, a type of[8] “Afro-Latin music” similar to what was played[9] by national chains and commodious theatres.[10] By analyzing related languages with a technique known as[11] barbecuing, often shortened to “BBQ”,[12] biosolids can be produced in[13] exogenous chemical compounds, both natural and synthetic.[14] However, another study in northern Alaska found that ground squirrels and[15] ancient commentators were divided about whether the ambitious Olympias promulgated the story of[16] a mandatory temple tax, a one-tenth tithe which all inhabitants paid to[17] fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly.[18] Conversely, sometimes unrelated taxa acquire a similar appearance as a result of[19] the color of many nectar bearing flowers, however,[20] its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses.[21]

 


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Not Again?!?

Just when we thought we were safe from Ark Music Factory (who am I fooling there?), they release another monstrosity on the world, taking banality to new lyrical levels. If you thought Friday or It’s Thanksgiving were banal, this new song proves once and for all that banality is indeed the new uncanny!

Of course, as is with pretty much anything Ark Music Factory releases, Chinese Food went viral quickly, leading to the inevitable parodies and commentary vlogs… here are a few:

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Vintage – Diagram

vinIn many wine regions, especially in the New World,[1] factors such as wind direction, the position of the sun, and other conditions may affect[2] a light thrusting weapon that targets the torso (including the back), neck, and groin, but not[3] the sons of the gentry that were independent from[4] the system of sugar plantations successfully used by the Portuguese in Brazil.[5] These men, known as coureurs des bois (runners of the woods), extended[6] the invitation of the provisional government formed after the withdrawal of[7] additional lettered avenues running from Avenue A eastward to Avenue D.[8] This measure was taken in response to the wave of methanol poisoning cases resulting in[9] the largest and bloodiest theatre of combat in history,[10] two centuries of Viking raids to southern and western areas,[11] and the cultivation and farming of[12] psychological problems, such as major depression, criminality, school failure, and[13]  repetitive, nonrhythmic motor movement or vocalization involving[14] the primary pharmacological action of[15] flight, and the aerodynamically efficient body shapes of birds.[16] Several tubes arise in a bundle from a small chamber connected to[17] the white blood cells in the capillaries in front of[18] Euclid’s algorithm to determine the maximum common divisor of two[19] modern techniques such as[20] engineering blueprints, and architects’ sketches.[21]


Iterative Adentification

FROM CREEPY TO CONDESCENDING

We can define iterative adentification as a process of almost self-perpetuating reincorporation without recuperation. With image macro memes, the first order is to substitute content with context. The context may remain the same, but the content has been altered to produce, at times an increase in severity, to play at an irony that  still maintains, if not requires an understanding of the original context of the appropriated image. We can take the Condescending Wonka image macro as a an example. Yes, Willy Wonka, at least in Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the character, is smug,  sarcastic and condescending to his invited guests.

creepyWhat occurs in the meme is an inflation of this attitude that distances itself from the original content through substitution. It is interesting to note that in the scene from which the source image of the meme is lifted, the character of Willy Wonka is neither sarcastic or condescending; in fact, the image comes from a scene in which Wonka demonstrates both humility and pride around the invention of the “everlasting gobstopper” mechanism.

That said, it should be noted that the Condescending Wonka meme is in fact a second order variation of an earlier meme — Creepy Wonka — which did maintain a more direct, albeit vulgar connection to the content of the appropriated scene.  In the scene from the film, Wonka is about to reveal the machine that makes the “everlasting gobstopper.” When his guests ask what the machine does, Wonka asks in return, “Would you like to see?”  The Creepy Wonka meme took advantage of this provocation, replacing the actual verbiage from the scene with the text, “Close the door. I’ll show my my [sic] fudge packing machine.” Though this macro is the first to use the image, and does have a more direct link to its source material, it is the Condescending Wonka meme, the second order meme as it were, that transformed macro to meme.

condeWe could be tempted to chalk up the success of Condescending Wonka to a reduction in scatological content, but there are plenty of successful image macro memes that are at least as vulgar. Perhaps then, the success of Condscending Wonka is based on a different kind of rhetorical transfer. To understand the context of the Condescending Wonka meme, one must have an understanding not just of an individual instance in the film, but a more generalized understanding of Wilder’s portrayal of the character. Where the Creepy Wonka meme plays rather simply at a momentary perverse condition, Condescending Wonka allows the attitude of the character to operate as a sublimated vehicle for humorously couched insolence.

 

MemeSpan

Born out of an original already steeped in banal sentimentality (be its usage ironic, calumniatory, nostalgic or fauxstalgic), the elevated source as image meme is introduced into a messy process of replication through variation, becoming zombie … It is the offspring of zombies that makes a meme a meme. Eventually, however, like all big (image) banks, through amateur investment in the status of the meme as meme, the viral*ity of the source, its patterns and rhetorical fabric begin to fade, its model growing less productive.

What was once so revolutionary in the original combination of source and caption
now devolves and decays, becoming heavy
with the corrosive simple sugars of workaday affect.

In effect, the effectiveness of the original rhetorical model as measured through its popular replication, variation, and dissemination, its

valence ultimately becomes its downfall.

The pedestrian moves on.