By Carly Stern For Dailymail. Giphy has released its round-up of the most popular GIFs of the year, and though some are some no-brainers, others may come as a surprise. Some seem to tap into universal truths better than others, making them go-tos to express particular emotions. Others are just cute. But one thing that every GIF in the top 25 have in common? Each was shared at least 32 million times this year.
Walking through the maze-like alleyways of the Ciutat Vella, it is almost impossible to miss the endless scrawl of graffiti across every available shutter and door. However, in a city where street art proliferates, the aesthetic and cultural value of this art form is sadly often overlooked. Given the fleeting nature of the majority of graffiti, pinning down the roots of this artistic movement is not a simple task. Luckily, the specialist tour company Barcelona Street Style Tour were on hand to clear things up. From Philadelphia the movement spread rapidly to New York as intrepid artists began tagging trains that linked the two cities. Almost immediately after Franco died in , however, Barcelona experienced a cultural explosion of sorts. Both street art and graffiti flourished as Spain transitioned to democracy, and the city quickly developed its own, mostly colourful and freeform, style. To this day, artists such as El Pez and Konair continue this vibrant aesthetic with their instantly recognisable tags of cheerful and purposefully childish images. You could essentially paint anywhere you wanted, and so the growth of street art was really natural.
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Sometimes, ignorance is diss. In the early aughts, Mariah Carey killed Jennifer Lopez with cluelessness, shutting down an interviewer who asked about the rival pop star simply by saying, "I don't know her. People see power in its blatant evasiveness, but it's also starting to look petty, a product of media pitting successful women against each other. The "I don't know her" meme was due for an update. This week, it got one: Keke Palmer's accidental roast, "sorry to this man. Here's what happened.
On Jan. Warnings were circulated in the media, mostly in British tabloids but also in more reputable outlets like CBS and BBC , launching an international hysteria which, of course, soon became prime fodder for parody and memes. In an interview with Vanity Fair during which she was hooked up to a lie detector, Palmer was asked who was a better vice president: True Jackson, VP a character she played on a Nickelodeon show of the same name , or Dick Cheney. Sorry to this man. The unintentional diss cracked people up and quickly became a meme. Palmer herself even posted one on Instagram. Among the biggest changes in internet culture was the prevalence of memes that originated on TikTok and then found their way to Twitter or Instagram. She goes through so many stages of emotions — curiosity, uncertainty, disgust, hesitant enjoyment, back to disgust, a split second of reconsideration, and then laughter — and it all happens so fast. The whole sequence of facial expressions was so relatable and applicable to so many scenarios, hence it swiftly turned into one of the most well-known reaction memes of the year. Will I like it?