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Hometown Pokemon

Pokemon in Cape Town! Generation Y?

Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is ……………… Ok before that please read this next part first, it gives you a backstory of why Google Releasing this Google Maps Pokemon challenge is so culturally significant to my generation. But watch the official Google Video first.

 

 

 

If you were born from 1982 all the way up to 1992 you are part of Generation Y, this is the generation that is only recently started taking power of the world economy and media.

We generation Y’s are also called Millennials by some intellectuals.The name Millennials stuck because we were all in high school around 1999. Y2K scare? Are you too young to remember.

That is ok, while you were watching Hannah Montana, or Witches of Waverly place, we were watching Charmed, Sabrina, The Teenage witch. While you were watching BEN 10 and Yugiho we were watching Transformers, He Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles. You had Teletubbies, we had Barny and Pumpkin patch. Captain planet, Power Rangers, Dark Wing Duck, Duck Tales, Tail Spin, The Tasmanian devil, Animaniacs.

As us Millennials grew up past 2005 we were starting to work and become successful, lots of internet companies came from GEN Y / Millennials. Facebook, MySpace, Youtube, Google, Android. It was also GEN Y that worked on the first PC’s and consoles. The PC / Internet grew up with us, it changed from day to day just like we did. What does this mean? C:>/dir .

Ok so what is our generation most valuable artistic influance, as in what idea did we create that became part of global culture, nevermind social media, Pokemon.

POKEMON!

Yes we are part of the Pokemon generation, it was cool till high school. You were almost a man, but still a boy, so you got away with it. Sure, Bleach, Naruto and all that is much better. But Pokemon did something we all wanted, they colledted amazingly interesting pets. We all love cats and dogs, and hamster and goldfish and the list is endless. People love their pets. Pokemon takes pets to the next level. Imagine owning an Oddish. Oddish is my favourite pokemon in the world. And I cannot seem to find it on Google Maps.

Pokemon in Cape Town

So finally I get to the point, Google has released a one day Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge, there is only a day left to catch them all. I found one on top of Table Mountain, in my home town of Cape Town South Africa. And you can do it too. All you need is Google Maps App on Android or iPhone. On Android you ca just tap your GOOGLE NOW button and go to maps, then hit the START Button, see GIF below:

Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge
Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge
Find them all over the world.
Find them all over the world.

So Cape Town has Pokemon too, and the Kruger National Park has one, and there are probably more, so you should go and try it out for your self. The game ends on the 2nd of April at midnight. Here are the screenshots from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Enjoy, please share more places in the comments.

I love Oddish, he is my favourite Pokemon
I love Oddish, he is my favourite Pokemon
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This game is fun and challenging.
Snorlax was chilling at the Vatican today.
Snorlax was chilling at the Vatican

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Hometown Pokemon
I found a pokemon in my hometown!
Pokemon Servine
My other favourite is Serperior, 87% Males, it evolves to this from a Servine at lever 36.

 

blue jasmine meme

Meme Culture – Modern or Mind Control?

So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.

A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.

Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.

But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.

EASY MEMEs: 100% effective:

TROLL FACE:

Troll Face, Coolface MEME
Troll Face Meme started on September 19th 2008 but only reached MEME status around February 2012, almost 4 years later.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED. So Emma pulled a face that looked very similar to Troll FACE MEME, so she joined the JOKE. This is how Memes evolve and spread, most people who has never seen the ORIGINAL could still find it funny, but those that know about the ORIGINAL TROLL FACE will have a deeper experience with the joke.

 

So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!

But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com

“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART[1] handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem

Troll FACE origins.
Troll FACE origins.

Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.

ORGANIC MEME:

A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.

MANUFACTURED MEME:

A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.

CAPITALIST MEME:

The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.

These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories.  We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

The original photo was changed to become a Meme, the creator of the image had no control over the MEME.
The users create their own custom MEME messages using the original picture of the baby on the beach. This is a User Active MEME.

Manufactured MEME:

This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.
This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.

CAPITALIST MEME:

Capitalist Meme or Organic?
Capitalist MEME? or Organic? Does this help the Daft Punk Album? It does, so might belong to both groups.

So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.

My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.

Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.

PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…

NEXT POST PREVIEW: Has MEMEs gone political?

Political Memes?
Political Memes?
Political Memes
Political Memes
Political MEMEs
Political MEMEs
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GAY Uganda Refugee

Cape Town Gay Pride 2014 – Uganda takes center stage.

On the 1st of March we had Cape Town pride. With all the gay rights violations happening around the world it seemed very hard to pick a theme for this years pride. To me Uganda was the biggest topic for gay rights this year. Yes Russia had made a very unfair anti-propaganda law that would make being an out gay illegal, telling gays that they better not show anybody how gay they are. Russia used a very sneaky law to do almost the same as Uganda, except Uganda made it illegal to be gay, not only can you not be out, you can not be gay in anyway or know any gay people. You will go to jail for being who you are, and if you are a known gay in prison I do not see you coming out of prison alive.

 

So I created my Uganda Gay Pride Flag to create awareness and to have a resource for other LGBT pride parades.

Please download the UGANDA GAY FLAG by clicking anywhere on this line of text. 

CLICK one this line to download the HEART SHAPED UGANDA Flag. 

 

Please use the Uganda Heart or Normal Gay Uganda Pride flag at your next pride or gay rights rally.

 

Hundreds of people loved my shirt design that me and my boyfriend was wearing. Many other people wore UGANDA shirts and South Africa’s second largest political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) had all their LGBT members wear UGANDA T-Shirts (PICTURE BELOW). My mother and father was also at pride wearing P-FLAG shirts. ( Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays.) My dad and mom have started a Somerset West / Strand PFLAG group on Facebook, please follow them by clicking HERE. I am really lucky to have parents that support me and love me. Me and my sister are LGBT and they give us all the support and love we need to thrive. We all had a great out and pride parade, so enjoy our pictures and remember to keep the message strong, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS!

GAY Uganda Refugee
A mini bus that talks about refugees from Uganda who are escaping to South Africa to be safe.
DA Loves Uganda
DA Loves Uganda
LGBT Friends
LGBT Friends
Gay Pride Eye  Candy, Hunks
Gay Pride Eye Candy, Hunks
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
My boyfriend, me and mom and dad.
DA (Democratic Alliance)  Supports LGBT rights
DA (Democratic Alliance) Supports LGBT rights
Mr Gay SA
Mr Gay SA