How the Animated GIF Took Over the 2012 Election

Can GIFs really convey meaningful information?

"We’ve watched the animated GIF grow up … while GIFs used to be made by leet haxors [elite hackers] in the days of Usenet, they’re now made by employees of The New York Times and The Atlantic, reported on by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal,” Mike Rugnetta explains in his latest installment of the PBS Idea Channel. Guilty as charged. The little video loops have become a part of the political conversation, for better or for worse.