so here are the majority of the slides from the presentation on The Great Meme Thesis, plus some of the main survey results
DISCLAIMER: please keep in mind that this was meant to explain a 60+ page study in 5-8 minutes, so obviously, i didn’t go into detail on a lot of things here that i expanded upon in the final essay.
it also comes off as more reductionist than the essay, because it posits these opinions as coming from “4chan” and “tumblr” as if they are monolithic entities–something i address and complicate in the essay. most of the political opinions from “4chan” came from /pol/, because /pol/ was the most interested in the subject matter of the survey (for obvious reasons.) so keep that in mind.
4chan is not a monolith any more than tumblr is a monolith.
bonus meme slides:
(i basically couldn’t find any 4chan ted cruz memes except some early off-hand jokes about him being the zodiac killer on like /b/ and shit so i admittedly pulled that one out of my ass lbh)
(obviously “donald trump’s existence” content warning on the video–which is actually how i introduced 4chan trump memes)
I submitted my Master’s thesis last month, but for some reason there was no defense (????), and the results came out two days ago.
It’s a disappointment as much as it’s an inconvenience because it puts me in front of some very difficult choices: a) rework the existing thesis (knowing that my relationship with my current advisors is very difficult and stressful), b) find another advisor and start something new from scratch, or c) declare that 7 years in university are enough and try to find work without this degree. And I need to make my choice by the end of the week.
‘The Duel of Fingolfin and Morgoth’ and concept art
Finally remembered to post the photos from my Senior Thesis show back in March. I wish I could provide better pictures. I never went to bed the night before the senior show cause I was still working on the painting so I had zero sleep and I guess whenever I thought I was taking a clear picture it wasn’t at all… OTL
It did not go at all the way I wanted…I didn’t have my book done in time for the show so pretty much all of my thesis work wasn’t shown in the show which really depressed me. And is the reason why I haven’t really wanted to draw Silmarillion stuff lately because i devoted so much time to it just for that to happen so its kind of scarred me.
So I tried my best to finish my painting the best I could in time for the show. It’s not even close to being finished since first off I didn’t even get to paint Fingolfin really. Like you can see a little figure on the top but I didn’t get to develop him at all. And there’s a lot of fixes i needed to do with the lighting, and I don’t hate how the armor came out, but the design isn’t what I had in mind at all. Whenever I’m able to pick it up from school and I feel in high enough spirits I’ll try tackling it again.
But despite my display not being what I had in mind it turned out better than I thought as far my situation went and it was really well received so I was able to have a good time that night since it wasn’t a complete disaster.
18.4.16// new study place in company of my sista and friends. We studied in the library, at Suor Orsola Benincasa University which has a beautiful and ancient building and a fantastic garden.
I also tried to pick a mandarin but it was too unripe and tasted bitter.
The holotype specimen of Liophidium pattoni. Yes, it really is pink in life! Usually the color red fades the fastest in preserved specimens, yet this species has retained its pink lines and tail while the yellow belly has completely faded away. No one knows whether the pink is due to a pigment or the structure of the scale and the way it reflects light.
Photo from Vieites et al. (2010)
Vieites, D.R., Ratsoavina, F.M., Randrianiaina, R.D., Nagy, Z.T., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2010. A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships. Salamandra 46: 1–10.
This Monday Pratt Institute’s Photography Department Spring 2015 Thesis Exhibitions continue with exhibitions by Sarah Frohn, Lauren Wansker, TJ Elias and Hannah Solomon. Please join us for an opening reception beginning at 5pm on Monday, March 9th in our new Photography Galleries!