Nicolas Cage & Internet Memes
Over the span of nearly three decades, Nicholas Cage has proved himself as a transformative actor capable of playing versatile and often intense characters.
The single most viral instance featuring Nicholas Cage came in the form of an image macro, with his hair digitally manipulated in the shape of an eagle and a caption reading: “My Hair is a Bird; Your Argument is Invalid.” Based on a stillshot from set of the 2007 sci-fi action film Next, the photoshopped version is rumored to have originated on 4chan circa early 2008, although no archived thread exists to confirm this.
The phrase “Your argument is invalid” is often employed in debates of logic, and altough it predates the internet, many an internet know-it-all has used the phrase in chat, email, and on message boards. On May 19th, My Hair is a Bird made the front page of Digg.com.
In November 2009, the Internet witnessed the launch of Tumblr site Nicolas Cage As Everyone, a single topic blog dedicated to photoshopping the American actor’s face over everyone else that has ever been photographed. According to the site description, it was founded on the “belief that everything in life would be better with a little more Nicholas Cage, the most unique and versatile actor of his generation.”