Twitter performance of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Two Ulysses enthusiasts, videogame designer Ian Bogost from the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleague Ian McCarthy, wanted to try to use the site in a “culturally interesting way” rather than just as a service that let users send 140-character messages, known as tweets.

They came up with idea of recreating a chapter from the classic book on Twitter.

They chose chapter 10, Wandering Rock, which is famous for showing the interlocking events of 19 characters walking through central Dublin doing their daily business.

Bogost and McCarthy registered 54 of the novel’s characters as Twitter users and adapted the chapter in a large series of 140-character or less first-person statements, using a specially created software to automate a performance.

On June 16 or “Bloomsday,” the day the action in the novel takes place in 1904, these characters all sent tweets about what they were doing at the correct fictional times.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/5557361/Twitter-performance-of-James-Joyces-Ulysses.html

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August 28, 2011. Uncategorized.

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