Seems like this Tweeting thang is starting to get to me. Back in June, I live-tweeted the heck out of our ELMCIP workshop in Karlskrona, and last week in Ljubljana my textin’ fingers were itching for some more action.
Seeing as nobody else had taken on the task, I set to work and managed to post about a hundred tweets over the two days of the workshop. During that time we passed the two hundred and two hundred and fifty tweet marks, and hopefully picked up a couple more followers along the way. In any case, I thought it was fun, and so for posterity I’ve posted another screenshot ‘over the fold’.
I realise that things have been a little quiet on this blog recently. I blame the onset of a fair-to-middling Swedish summer, which has encouraged me to get out of the office slightly more often than usual (not to mention the fact that the entire campus here in Karlskrona seems to have shut down over the summer break, library included).
Nevertheless, I’ve been thinking a lot about electronic literature over the past few months, which is just as well given that I’m currently undertaking a post-doc on the subject. I have to admit that even six months into the post-doc, I still feel like a complete n00b when it comes to e-lit. In many ways it’s been a real challenge to my preconceived notions about writing and the digital realm.
One experience that really helped to put my mind into focus in terms of grappling with these issues was attending the ELMCIP workshop my colleagues and I organised last month in Karlskrona on the subject of electronic literature pedagogy. While I did not present at the workshop, I did undertake the task of updating the ELMCIP twitter feed for the duration.
I must say, as someone who’s always thought that the people at the BBC who update the ball-by-ball text commentary during cricket matches have the best job in the world, that I really enjoyed the experience of composing short tweets on the presentations, responding to the tweets of others following the proceedings and re-tweeting various pithy statements.
The problem of course, as with many manifestations of electronic or digital media, that much of the context of that experience is/was temporal – ie, impermanent. It’s impossible to capture the full extent to which the ELMCIP stream was followed, responded to and digested. Nevertheless, I think it’s still necessary to do whatever one can to document these sorts of experiences.
So, I’ve made a screenshot of the hundred-odd tweets I wrote during the workshop. While the screenshot cannot capture the number of tweets that were re-tweeted, it does, hopefully, give a kind of summary which I can look back on with pride in my dotage (ie the duration of my life post-post-doc). Check it out, as they say, ‘over the fold’.
pls re-tweet & follow this if you can: CSI Fallujah trending, mission accomplished & war on terror continues unabated on the day obama died i was buying candles in abbottabad inadvertantly i liveblogged the whole damn cash transaction check your receipts, people - the asteroids have not landed she was a real mars crosser - & a sub-orbital patriot gamer did you see how QILF was trending? copy that & re-tweet if you agree, let's make it happen people, dance in the streets i count eight lines down already, six more & it's a sonnet - copy that if you agree, re-tweet &/or watch it start trending oh i see jack bauer is trending, funny that - follow me if you agree with what i'm saying, or don't. smokin' hashtags here, pplz, plz agree. did we mention instant fucking deathcamps? did i mention one million dead people trending? #justsayin'
who to follow >>>> what to despise what to wear >>>> when to wear it when to ask >>>> where to ask it where to buy >>>> 'n' who to care? how to follow >>>> why to cringe why to cry >>>> who to sneeze at who to kill >>>> what to do it with what to bring >>>> 'n' when to bring it? when to die >>>> where to do it where to dress >>>> how to care how to suck >>>> why to paste it why to lie >>>> 'n' who to spit on? who to shoot >>>> what to forget what to pout >>>> when to evacuate when to shiver >>>> where to radiate where to sing >>>> 'n' how to dance? how to levitate >>>> why to 'k' why to lead >>>> (cf. "who to follow" ...