breaking! this past week, it has been reported that yes, bots were on the rise again on twitter... except they weren't russian bots - this was the work of kean students!
and i'll be the first to admit that i think everyone did a great job with living double lives in their own twitter as both a tired, politically distraught student and a persistent, politically distraught bot! the purpose of the bots were to create conversation, but to ask the questions in a believably human-sounding way. the class did a great job of framing their questions and getting a few outsiders to comment! before we set the bots up, though, we did a test on Botometer to see if our twitter accounts were perceived to be people or bots... i wonder if our scores went up?
— hailey (@stryii) April 10, 2018
Kicking the shit out of the back board on my computer desk because" Dabbing" is bull shit— wint (@dril) March 17, 2018
also, can you believe that he's not a bot? it's weird.
we also played the bot or not game on www.botpoet.com to get a feel for the potential for generative language for bots and how certain "real life" poetry can come across as robotic, repetitive, or seemingly randomly generated. i also wanted to point out that the bot poetry was a lot more poetic than some of the poems by real poets. in particular, the one bot poem "some men" was the best poem i saw come up by far:
"some men just want to watch the world burn
some men just want to watch the world learn
some men just want breakfast"
- generated by Every Google User using Google Predictive Search
Close enough pic.twitter.com/Vzf9FStNC6— hailey (@stryii) April 10, 2018
one of my favorites examples of e-lit (specifically generative poetry) is poem.exe, which creates haikues / short poems through randomized images, lines, and juxtapositions that are often beautiful and thought-provoking. the generated juxtaposition especially works with haikus because of the suddenness of subject change, which is important in creating a complex message and image that often stays with the reader long after they have read the poem.
cherry blossomsand then it moves
— poem.exe (@poem_exe) April 16, 2018
aloneunder my clothesnow a little nap
— poem.exe (@poem_exe) April 14, 2018
blossoms at nightbetween my handsthoughts muddled
— poem.exe (@poem_exe) January 15, 2018
buddha lawgravestonesfor a hand-picked peach
— poem.exe (@poem_exe) September 3, 2017
can't wait to see what else is in store for us and teaching more people about the wonders of e-lit! super excited.