Collaborative Twitterature

At Plymouth State University, Dr. Ann McClellan and her DigitaLit class demonstrated the social media writing-style “Twitterature” with their collaborative poem!

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This week #Digitalit at Plymouth State University has been studying the “Twitterature” phenomenon. First introduced with Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin’s print book, Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less, the genre quickly expanded to radically innovative online creations like Mark Sample’s Twitter bot experiment, Station 5100, which explores the weather and the world from the perspective of an unmoored NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) buoy, and the ‘netprov’ experiment by created by Mark C. Marino and Rob Witting, in collaboration with British reality TV celeb, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, known as TempSpence.


One of the most critically acclaimed Twitterature in recent years, however, was Teju Cole‘s Hafiz. Cole wrote out an original short story about three characters witnessing and responding to an anonymous man’s heart attack, asked his friends if they would each tweet out a specific line, and then retweeted…

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