Earlier this month, students in Brad Rosen’s “Law, Technology & Culture” lecture enjoyed a day in Reddit’s proverbial sun when their paean to songstress Sarah Bareilles went moderately viral. Their YouTube video is best understood as testament to a larger truth: Yalies, by and large, are good at the Internet.
Proof abounds. We have RumpChat and Overheard at Yale. We’ve got multiple student-made Bluebooking apps, and one of Sam Tsui’s most recent YouTube videos has 11 million views, which is seven million more than the most popular video of the Israeli national anthem and ten million more than the official Spyglass Entertainment trailer for “The Love Guru.”
Alas, a huge and evident gap threatens to undermine our virtual credibility: GIF-making. Although Yalies are happy to pilfer moving images from the BuzzFeed post du jour, we generally seem less eager to make GIFs of our own.
Are we just incompetent, or is this a failure of nerve? Making GIFs is easy and fun (here are two guides): an excellent way to procrastinate, express yourself and increase your employability in a turbulent job market.