There are hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons that could be discussed for the 30th anniversary of the family appearing on the Tracey Ullman Show, but what may go unmentioned is one of the show’s greatest contributions to internet culture: the Frinkiac. The Frinkiac is an image generator developed by Simpsons fans Sean Schultz, Allie Young and Paul Lehrer that matches a quote from any episode of The Simpsons with its corresponding scene so people can share the exact moment they’re thinking of. It’s become the equivalent of sending a GIF of a yawning dog to express how tired you are, David Tennant’s 10th Doctor from Doctor Who standing in the rain to demonstrate how sad you are, or perhaps more importantly, a GIF of Homer Simpson doing anything to express, well, anything. The Frinkiac is one of the websites I visit most often because of how important the supplementation of GIFs, images and videos have become to online conversation. Why try to find a phrase that expresses how you feel (says the author) when there’s an image of Bart Simpson yelling “Don’t have a cow, man!” that can do it much better? The more I use it, the more… Read full this story
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