Context—it’s all those teeny tiny yet utterly important bits of background information that help us make sense of the world, one story, one photo at a time. Without context, everything would be a random, chaotic mess that wouldn’t make any sense. Without it, there would be no intriguing stories—only bizarre snapshots that make us confused and open up the door to hundreds of conflicting interpretations.
Fortunately, situations without context also make for excellent meme and joke material. And the ‘Images That Require More Context’ Twitter page does exactly what it says on the tin and is dedicated entirely to showing everyone weird, confusing, and humorous photos that desperately need some proper context. Just a bit of additional info, pretty please?
Have a look through some of the most wonderfully bizarre photos below, upvote the ones that you liked the most, and if you like what you see, go on and give the Twitter page a follow! Oh, and if you’ve got some pics in the spirit of this list, consider sharing them in the comment section, dear Pandas. Ready to dive deep into the Land of no Context? I know I am.
Even though the ITRMC Twitter page has been active on the social platform only since February of this year, it’s already gained a strong foothold there. It’s amassed a following of nearly 143k users at the time of writing, and its presence can definitely be felt!
The founder of the ITRMC project is very clear about their aims: “My goal is to make people happy and make their day slightly better.” And I for one am fully behind this noble goal. It’s the same philosophy I subscribe to in my daily life.
By the way, if you’ve got any contextless weird pics that you think would look great on the page, go on and send the founder a message. They’re very open about the fact that they’re taking submissions. And as we all know, it’s the communities that help turn good pages into great ones. The more active a community is, the more content they share, the easier it is to curate things and post only the crème de la crème
At its core, context is about communication. When a photo, a fact, or a news snippet is given within a proper context that’s informative and educational, you feel satisfied. You feel like you’ve seen at least a glimpse of the bigger picture.
On the flip side, giving no context or providing very little additional information can lead to frustration. Similarly, no audience is going to stand for misinformation or poorly communicated details. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be the length of an academic paper but it has to be there.
If in doubt about whether you’ve provided enough context, try putting yourself in the shoes of the viewer and the audience: if you can’t make head or tails of what you’re sharing with others, then the odds are, nobody else will, either. Of course, that doesn’t matter if your goal is to make people laugh with weird photos, like the ‘Images That Require More Context’ page.