The ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ Meme’s Photographer Explains All

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You’ve seen it by now, maybe enough times to be sick of it: A man walks down a city street with his girlfriend, head turned backward, face curved into a Tex Avery ogle directed at a woman walking the other direction. This is the “distracted boyfriend” stock photo, an image that launched a thousand memes. And no one’s more surprised at its popularity than the man who took it.

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A Very British Response to Terror

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These moments encapsulated something about Britain’s calm, defiant response to the threat of terror. Even as we face an increasing number of attacks, we are learning to cope with grief, loss and violence in our own way…

In the face of this, we’re choosing vigilance, calm and just a little bit of humor. And any fear projected on to us will be met with a very British response: Sarcasm.

…A New York Times headline that said that London was “reeling” from the Manchester attack also became the subject of British Twitter’s wrath. Brits turned #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling into a hashtag that started to trend higher than the news of the attack itself.

See also this article on #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling.

Brands Tackle an Online Foe: The Meme

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Memes — those playful, satirical photographs with clever, sometimes biting captions under them — have long been used on the internet to ridicule the latest celebrity gaffe or highlight a political misstep. However, a surging number of disgruntled consumers are now using memes to target companies to complain about broken products, poor customer service and other negative experiences.

That has big brands scrambling for cover. After all, the viral nature of a meme can have a faster and farther-reaching impact than a single news article.

“The brand becomes a temporary punching bag for many, many people,” said Jay Baer, the founder and president of Convince & Convert, a digital marketing advisory firm. “People will pile on even if they haven’t actually been aggrieved.”

The universe reached down and blessed us all with a new Meryl Streep meme

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An old picture from the 2015 SAG awards shows the inimitable actor shouting through closed hands. The internet wisely chose to use this pic as a way to shout out the things they most want to shout.

Related article.

The BBC Dad: Lots of Articles

 

This was awesome! Here are a bunch of articles, analyses and memes:

  • Breaking Down the Father on BBC Being Interrupted by His Children
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  • When the Children Crashed Dad’s BBC Interview: The Family Speaks
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  • The Real Reason Everyone Loves The BBC Dad Video:
    “Who can resist a little kid in glasses?” [link]
  • ‘Mommy, Come Wipe Me!’ and Other Perils of Working From Home
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  • This Parody Imagines How a Woman Would’ve Handled That Viral BBC Interview
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We Talked To The “White Guy” From The White Guy Blinking Meme And He’s Blown Away By It

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The GIF has made its way onto most of the social spaces on the internet. (The numbers on single tweets have certified its ~virality~). It’s become one of the most versatile and accessible expressions in our meme tool belt.

This #BootBae Drama After A Woman Stuck Her Boot Up For Her Man Is Really Something

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She said when the man’s girlfriend stuck her boot heel to her, she didn’t think too much of it and just kept it moving.

“In the moment I thought, Oh OK, she’s not a cool with this, it’s whatever,” Smith said.

To her, that was that, but the internet was just getting started. That moment was immediately turned into meme fodder.