Posts Tagged ‘art’

Boys and girls, can you see which way Twitter went?

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Nothing says Christmas (in the UK at least) than a pantomime. And nothing says innovating online than successfully holding an online pantomime as a piece of performance art. How about a pantomime on Twitter I hear you say-

…traditional wait as you all shout ‘how about a pantomime on Twitter?’ at me…

Been there, done that, it was cutting edge in 2008. Jon Bounds recalls the bleeding edge of comedy 2.0:

 Looking back at the first Twitpanto, which was organised haphazardly and quickly. It stands out for me that it had no commercial or charitable goal. It was purely for the enjoyment and to see if it was possible, and more than that it was able to break across social groupings and filters. A nib in the Birmingham Post the following day reminds me of the cast: some people whom I was friends with mainly online and had never met; some people I had worked with; some journalists, and a cabinet minister. The cabinet minister was Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich near Birmingham, a ferocious advocate of digital technology’s place in the real centre of social discourse – but this was no demonstration piece, this was for laughs. This era, is sadly over. Could the now deputy leader of the Labour Party play Barron Tweetup today?

Apparently I am a Freesoul…

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Last year I was contacted by Joi Ito, asking for permission to use one of his pictures of myself in a photo gallery book he was putting together. The book was Freesouls and the aim was:

…to put together a photography book which is about all of the inspirational moments and inspirational people from the last year. I have been lucky to be able to capture many of those moments in my photography and I am hoping that a book will be a good way to provide context for and share those moments with a wider audience of people.

Here’s one of the pictures in the collection of someone that you just might recognise…

Ewan Spence, by Joi ItoThe picture was taken at Le Web 2007, and it’s one of the better ones of me from that period (there’s a reason I like audio podcasts). The goal is to prove that even though all the images in the book are licensed via Creative Commons, the artist (here it’s Ito, but it could easily be anyone else) can still make a living.

An admirable goal, and the CC crowd wait to read about the results, presumably to be posted on Joi’s blog first.

Stanley Kubrick describing Twitter

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Sometimes a passage in a book stands out at me, even though I’ve read it many times before. This, from today, is a classic example of just that:

I don’t think the verb “twittering” seems right. We must decide how these fellows talk.
Stanley Kubrick
pp48, The Lost Worlds of 2001, Arthur C Clarke.

So what did Kubrick know that we didn’t? And have we got ourselves a “Mineshaft Gap 2.0” between the tweets and the, ehrm, tweezers?

Stanley Kubrick on Twitter