Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Feel Like a Sir – Meme History

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Feel Like a SirBasically, the “Feel Like a Sir” meme dons the Victorian way of dressing which includes the top hat as his indispensable head gear, a piece of eyeglass for only one eye called the monocle, and different forms of mustaches.

“How’d ya like to ‘Feel Like a Sir’?” is one of the famous catchphrases – also known as Like a Sir -- of a rage comic male figure that conveys the image of such elegance, class and wealth.

The meme is also well-portrayed by the verbose characters below:

Good Mongrel -- Feel Like a Sir Clever Ruse -- Feel Like a Sir

Newchaps -- Feel Like a Sir Old Chap -- Feel Like a Sir

The Origin

The character was conceived on the 24th of March 2011 as first posted by a certain user known as “wberry” on the infamous Spanish site referred to as Cuanto Cabron. The comic all started with a female friend complimenting on a young man’s house. The boy, assuming the “sir-like” character, responded by saying: “No big deal!”

Countless search queries about “Feel Like A Sir” skyrocketed in March of 2011, the very same month that the first rage comic was published on Cuanto Cabron, and reached their highest peak in June 2011.

Below is the original – in Spanish -- comic portrayal of that instance:

Original Feel Like a Sir

“Feel Like A Sir” Meme Modifications

By LulzSec

Some time in the early part of May 2011, the computer hacker group called LulzSec – an abbreviation for Lulz Security - was organized. The group’s original leader was a computer security specialist using Sabu as an online moniker. Its motto: “"The world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense".

LulzSec introduced and made its official logo the modified version of “Feel Like A Sir” image, adding a glass of red wine to the rage comic character.

Lulz Security

By Reddit and Other Sites

On the 10th of June 2011, the first “like a sir” rage comic was submitted to Reddit by user wofdih14, with the character wearing an improvised monocle from a broken pair of eyeglasses.

Broken Glasses

The 13th of August 2011 marked the registration of the domain for LikeASir.com image database.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What’s All This Racket? – Meme History

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What’s All This Racket?“What’s All This Racket?” is a typical father-son story. The father enters the room of his son to see what he’s doing only to end up terribly disappointed with his son’s reaction. A father’s disappointment is being hilariously illustrated -- through conversations between a geek-like son and an irate father -- in a series of comic frames.

How it all began

The 4-pane funny series was conceptualized on 4chan some time 14th of April 2009. You may check on the Green Oval archive for the earliest archived comic threads. This had become a viral phenomenon in many different image boards -- such as the anime boards and the video game boards -- as well as in video-related forums around the early part of 2009. The earliest popular non-4chan site thread can be found on Batta forum’s Grand Holy Empire dated 18th of April 2009.

It can be noted that the original comic depicts a seemingly amusing father-and-son dialogue in Japanese anime. This is how the character of Otaku, a Japanese term which expresses deep interests in anime, video games and manga – came into existence. The Otaku style has captured the hearts of web readers from all ages.

Mirada Fija

Father’s Gaze

The father’s angry gaze, as often used in the so-called rage comics, is also referred to in the following names, as (1) “Mirada Fija” in an infamous Spanish site known as Cuanto Cabron; and (2) “Stare” in sub-reddit site’s f7u12.

Rage comics refers to an internet mimeme -- a term of Greek origin which literally means “something imitated” and more popularly known in the modern days as “meme” -- for a comic focusing on an enraged man creating an angry face which readily identifies an emotion such as anger. Meme’s origin can be traced way back to 2008 on 4chan site’s internet forum which later on surged popularity in 2009 through reddit, a social news site.

Here is a collection of the Most Prominent Rage Faces in Rage Comics:

Rage Comics