The Internet Afterlife of a Baby Picture

The second incarnation of the "amazingly happy baby"

Today’s NYTimes.com (and tomorrow’s New York Times print edition) features an article that might be described as visual archaeology of the Internet age. It traces the permutations of a personal photo that a Florida father posted of his “…amazingly happy baby”  back in 2000.

Fast forward 10 years, and we discover that this amazingly happy baby photo has since found its way into Japanese Manga artwork, and has been portrayed with “a pompadour in one, a head full of snakes in another. His face was pasted onto Kurt Cobain’s head, carved into Mount Rushmore and tattooed onto David Beckham’s torso.”

Read the full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/fashion/16meme.html

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