Once, GIFs were simply jokey pictures on the internet, like so:
Now, the whole internet is GIFs. Which is great, because a GIF’s repetition allows you to appreciate the intricacies and combinations of skill that make up a goal, for example.
Or combining the action to highlight Things Like This, tough to do in any other medium:
It’s a new way of telling a story. It’s also a new and great way of making sportsmen look silly.
They’re also wonderful for making poetry from easily missed moments off-field, like crowd catches…
….people getting hit in the face…
…and Arsene Wenger having trouble operating a pocket competently.
There’s obviously room for the weird and wonderful. This is quite fantastic:
As is this. Sign him up.
And in case you ever wondered if Batman colour co-ordinates his boardies to his utility belt when surfing, now you know.