GIF’s are the new JPEG?


In reading Miltner and Highfield’s article about the GIF, I came to realize just how entrenched the GIF has become in daily life. One of their main points is highlighting the fact that everyone has accepted the GIF as an important type of media, even the Democratic and Republican national conventions (9). You can also see how social media platforms and other major digital companies have allowed for its use in within their frameworks. In the image above, you can see how Apple has included the “images” keyboard capability into messaging, allowing you to search for a certain kind of GIF to include as a part of your conversation. I use this keyboard at least once a day. I can’t even imagine certain conversations with certain friends without using GIF’s. The transition from static image keyboards to GIF keyboards is a testament to just how much GIF’s have revived themselves and inserted themselves into our daily technological actions.

I have attempted to partake in the art of creating a GIF before, including an attempt for this blogpost. There are websites such as that allow you to convert a video to a GIF. It sounds extremely simple, but there are so many components into creating the perfect gif that one might not always think of: it needs to be of good quality, of good pixel size, and it needs to get the message across, to name a few components. While I managed to create the GIF, I had significant trouble trying to embed it into this blog post. I don’t take for granted any of the wonderful GIF-connoisseurs out there.