The Abstraction of Pepe the Frog

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Pictured above is Pepe, also known as “Sad Frog”, is a picture of a depressed looking frog that dates back to 22 January 2009 and is based off of a drawing by Matt Furie (knowyourmeme). Since its first post, Pepe has slowly made its way across the internet. Many people view this sad frog as a blank canvas for expressing themselves, and it is this accessibility that has led to the popularity that Pepe sees today. Along with many other people on the various forms of social media available, I have seen this image and variations of it countless times. It has gotten to the point where I think of this frog whenever I see any combination of the three main colors that make up the picture.

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