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Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



The word epic, in its modern usage, is resistant to explicit and precise definition. Any such attempts either fail to fully encompass it, or encompass too much. You can understand it through only example. Movie trailers are epic, as is their music in particular1. Bacon is (obviously) epic. The Joker is epic in all his forms2. According to exemplar theory, we gain a sense of the category of "epic" through these and other uncontroversial examples.3

Another curious feature of epicness is that it is fully self-guaranteeing as a descriptor. If you call something epic in good faith, that thing must be epic, and indeed becomes epic through the act of labeling it as such. You can clearly see this in Papa John's Epic Stuffed Crust pizza.4. It would not be epic if not marketed as such. It would merely be another crust option.

More to come.

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bedpan
Apr 23, 2008

bedpan won this avatar. If you see this text, reply, `fuck you, bedpan, you stupid piece of shit.`

:firstpost:

tokin opposition
Apr 8, 2021



Close thread ban op for being a Redditor

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



Like its cousin aesthetic category of realism, a "hyper" form of epicness exists. Hyperreality5 could be said to be too real, so that it is no longer as realistic as realism, and hyperepicness is similar. To demonstrate, we can turn to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)6. Its poster claims it is an epic of epic epicness, which sounds epic indeed. But by gilding the lily in this way, even though the film is undeniably epic, it becomes less epic than something more traditionally epic, such as the 300 Spartans of Thermopylae or the SPARTAN super-soldiers of the Halo franchise.

Vomik
Jul 29, 2003

This post is dedicated to the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan

epic is from the word epoch which was coined by sid meiers for his cult classic age of empires

Random Asshole
Nov 8, 2010



I thought the title said ‘Oncology’ which would also be appropriate.

mazzi Chart Czar
Sep 24, 2005

Idiot. Extremely deranged. Ignore me.

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=epic

It used more now than ever?
And apparently Colorado loves it's use
But it's also getting jumbled up with Epic Games who made a rival to steam


It's more like: what are the popular words of the internet?
(I tried to keep track of this: )

20??: Epic, Basic

2015: Yeet, Extra, Cringe

2018: Karen, Red pilled, Clown, Vibe, Slaps, Simp, Sus, Spyops,Thicc,

2020: Pog Champ, Lit, Legend, Mad lad

2021: Diamond hands, Cheugy, Wholesome

Cumskin (2021 honourable mention)

mazzi Chart Czar has issued a correction as of 22:06 on Nov 27, 2021

500 good dogs
Sep 11, 2001

 




gilgamesh is epic

ColtMcAsskick
Nov 7, 2010


epic cumskin

Slider
Jun 6, 2004

POINTS


op your thread is epically lame

Smythe
Oct 12, 2003

no meds = f4




nice thread op voted 5 thanks br0

Good soup!
Nov 1, 2010



i dont give a gently caress

Suspicious
Apr 30, 2005
You know he's the villain, because he's got shifty eyes.


epic and for the win, goon sire
all your base are belong to us

Terminal autist
May 17, 2018

Endorsed by:
Pentecoastal Elites!
fart_man_69!
Terminal autist!
Ruzihm!
Judakel!
Dixon Chisholm!
Nix Panicus!
Neurolimal!


Based

Aglet56
Sep 1, 2011


the SA vs. reddit animus itself feels like a 2010-era throwback. probably peaked with the campaign against /r/jailbait. nowadays, who feels any kind of way about reddit anyways? all of SA's jokes about reddit (le epic bacon and etc.) are just tired old tropes that are years out of date, and i'm sure their stereotypes about us are the same. cringe content has moved on

really queer Christmas
Apr 22, 2014



Cringe

vyelkin
Jan 2, 2011


Smythe posted:

nice thread op voted 5 thanks br0

Smythe is a man of his word

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



tokin opposition posted:

Close thread ban op for being a Redditor

Aglet56 posted:

the SA vs. reddit animus itself feels like a 2010-era throwback. probably peaked with the campaign against /r/jailbait. nowadays, who feels any kind of way about reddit anyways? all of SA's jokes about reddit (le epic bacon and etc.) are just tired old tropes that are years out of date, and i'm sure their stereotypes about us are the same. cringe content has moved on

Correct. By the time these characteristics of Reddit culture were widely recognized and mocked, they had already fallen out of fashion on Reddit itself.7 The internet impact of the 2010 Redditor and the subsequent paths memetic evolution took to ideologically capture people with similar neuro-sociological profiles is mostly outside the scope of this thread. All that concerns us is how Reddit's le narwhal bacon period influenced the history of epicness.

I posit that it immediately preceded the Last Epic Maximum that occurred in 20138. Just as the greatest point of capitalism corresponds to the apogee of its contradictions according to Marx, the greatest point of epicness is its greatest moment of self-contradiction, which must be when both wet shaving with straight razors and having a huge beard were somehow simultaneously in fashion. Therefore, le bacon narwhal was a sort of middle period which bridged the gap of early epic Colbert Report and Nolan Batmans of the late 2000s, to the epic Terry Crews Old Spice Body Wash commercials of the early 2010s. After that peak, epicness waned until it enjoyed a brief resurgence with kekistan and lib-pwning, which led to the election of president Donald Trump, itself an epic event.9

Soul_ has issued a correction as of 17:25 on Nov 28, 2021

AnimeIsTrash
Jun 30, 2018




We have moved from an own the libs economy to a cringe based economy now.

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



To gain a complete understanding of the ontology of epicness via its historical progression, it may help to look at examples that are more contemporary. Here are a few things that are varying degrees of epic from the past two years:

  • The release of Kanye West's album Donda10
  • The Jan. 6 capitol riots 11
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Sped-up lip synching on TikTok12
  • COVID

Numerical Anxiety
Sep 2, 2011

Hello.


I am profoundly disappointed by the absence of dactyls itt.

really queer Christmas
Apr 22, 2014



AnimeIsTrash posted:

We have moved from an own the libs economy to a cringe based economy now.

This is bid3n America now bictch

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



There was a time in living memory when it was controversial to suggest that a woman could be epic. That's why I'd like to take a moment to look at the intersection between epicness and feminism.

Dustcat
Jan 26, 2019

Christian Mama



are you gonna stare directly at the intersection between epicness and feminism

Dolphin
Dec 5, 2008


im pretty sure this is the worst thread in the history of the earth

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



It's commonly and erroneously reported that Joan of Arc (1412 - 1431) was the first epic woman. Critical historiography, however, reveals that she was not epic during her own lifetime and only became epic posthumously. The first attestation of her as epic was in Shakespeare's Henry VI, written over 150 years later, and even that was questionable. In actuality, the first epic woman was probably Catherine the Great (1729-1796).

Centrist Committee
Aug 6, 2019


I had a college assignment to explain the difference between ontology and epistemology once. vomited out some poo poo from wikipedia but never did really figure out the answer. this thread is kind of like that for me

papa horny michael
Aug 18, 2009



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_k5CSYKhg

Homeless Friend
Jul 16, 2007



ascii joe biden

SugarInverted
Nov 7, 2021


language is all about subliminal domination

everybody hates partisan politics. a good person, then, is not a partisan

Dr. Killjoy
Oct 9, 2012

:thunk::mason::brainworms::tinfoil::thunkher:




gently caress you op

Dustcat
Jan 26, 2019

Christian Mama



what's wrong with the voting buttons

i can't find the 7

goochtit
Nov 1, 2021




Voted 5 so you can get gold to fund this groundbreaking research

oscarthewilde
May 16, 2012


I would often go there
To the tiny church there


Referenced wikipedia: instant F, voted 1

vyelkin
Jan 2, 2011


oscarthewilde posted:

Referenced wikipedia: instant F, voted 1

oscarthewilde is also true to their word

Karl Barks
Jan 21, 1981



it's posited that in the early oughts, manbabies were not only golden, but they also had characteristics of epicness

spacemang_spliff
Nov 29, 2014




ColtMcAsskick posted:

epic cumskin

Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



Until the 20th century, though more and more women were becoming epic, it was mostly restricted to rulers and writers, such as the aforementioned Catherine the Great and Jane Austen.13 The women's suffrage movement in the early 20th century appeared epic to some at the time14, but hindsight has shown that it was largely not an epic affair. The first moment of widespread female epicness occurred with second-wave feminism in the 60s; however, its most epic feature, bra burning, was not actually a widespread practice.15 True female epicness blossomed in the 90s with girl power, when women showed they could kick just as much butt as men while being martial artists, superheroes, or vampires/vampire-slayers. Sometime in the 2000s women achieved epic parity with men, and in the 2010s actually became even more epic than men. This can be seen everywhere from female Ghostbusters, to Hillary Clinton's fight song, to the brave women speaking out against the satanic Bill Gates COVID vaccine in PTA meetings and town halls across the country.

Smythe
Oct 12, 2003

no meds = f4




Soul_ posted:

Until the 20th century, though more and more women were becoming epic, it was mostly restricted to rulers and writers, such as the aforementioned Catherine the Great and Jane Austen.13 The women's suffrage movement in the early 20th century appeared epic to some at the time14, but hindsight has shown that it was largely not an epic affair. The first moment of widespread female epicness occurred with second-wave feminism in the 60s; however, its most epic feature, bra burning, was not actually a widespread practice.15 True female epicness blossomed in the 90s with girl power, when women showed they could kick just as much butt as men while being martial artists, superheroes, or vampires/vampire-slayers. Sometime in the 2000s women achieved epic parity with men, and in the 2010s actually became even more epic than men. This can be seen everywhere from female Ghostbusters, to Hillary Clinton's fight song, to the brave women speaking out against the satanic Bill Gates COVID vaccine in PTA meetings and town halls across the country.

lmfao

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Soul_
Mar 7, 2021



As we move on from this topic, let's appreciate a few more epic woman moments from recent history.

1912: Georgia O'Keeffe's whole schtick.
1950: Mother Teresa is wholesome 100. Faith in humanity restored!
1987: Margaret Thatcher says there's no such thing as society (the yin to the Joker's yang)
1993: Lorena Bobbitt commits one of the most epic crimes ever.
2008: Twilight: Breaking Dawn is released, followed three years later by Fifty Shades of Grey.
2016: Hillary Clinton becomes the first American woman to lose a presidential election.

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