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Identifiable by Pixels Alone

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Identifiable by Pixels Alone or A Great Historical Moment Can Be Recognized by Pixels Alone refers to a catchphrase used in a series of posts in which a pixelated image of a widely recognizable figure, scene, artwork, meme, etc. is shown under a variation of the phrasal template, "a successful X should be identifiable by their pixels alone," encouraging viewers to guess what is being shown. The posts became popularized on Twitter in March 2023, gaining viral spread to sites including Instagram and Facebook.

Origin

On March 19th, 2023, Twitter[1] user @misamericana posted a pixelated image of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, writing, "A really successful character should be identifiable by their pixels alone," garnering over 3,900 likes in a week (shown below). This is the earliest known example of the meme.


yasmin (taylors version) @misamericana A really successful character should be identifiable by their pixels alone F 3 +4 *** 8:03 AM-Mar 19,2023-134.6K Views 대도서

Spread

The trend spread over the course of March 2023. For example, on March 24th, Twitter[2] user @aesforloona posted a pixelated image of K-pop star Loona, garnering over 1,700 likes in three days (shown below, left). On the same day, a Redditor posted a pixelated image of Hasan Piker crushing a watermelon with his thighs to /r/okbuddyhasan,[3] garnering over 500 upvotes in three days (shown below, right).


Loona's aesthetic stylist @aesforloona By the pixels alone or whatever that tweet is cons 11:33 AM - Mar 24, 2023 28.1K Views Posted by u/RogueStereo 3 days ago a really successful artist should be identifiable by their pixels alone Meme Image

On March 25th, 2023, the Facebook[4] page Friends Addiction posted a pixelated image from Friends, garnering over 54,000 reactions and 3,200 shares in two days (shown below).


a great historical moment can be recognized by its pixels alone

Various Examples


kei @keitanople an iconic drag race scene should be identifiable by their pixels alone 2:00 AM - Mar 22, 2023 - 70.5K Views . ... a great historical moment can be recognized by its pixels alone what we do in the shadows wwdits out of context @TheShadowsOOC a great historical moment can be recognised by its pixels alone 9:08 AM - Mar 27, 2023 10.9K Views YOU @YouNetflix An iconic scene can be identified by pixels alone 4:00 PM - Mar 23, 2023 245.7K Views ... twilight renaissance | fanpage @twilightreborn an iconic movie scene can be identified by pixels alone 3:27 PM. Mar 21, 2023 544.3K Views .

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External References

[1] Twitter – misamericana

[2] Twitter – aesforloona

[3] Reddit – okbuddyhasan

[4] Facebook – Friends Addiction

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