Twitter Poetry Project

11 Jun

When I started developing this project, I wanted to use today’s technology as a tool for making literature work. Ever since the development of computer technology the internet, many have found ways to put literature on the forefront from hypertext to the use of the Rabelasian web. The internet has made literature more accessible to the public not only because of the many possibilities of free content, but also expressing their craft in many ways unimaginable with the paper copy. Many of us can update our stories in real time, and have it live in as little as a few seconds. Many can use graphics and animate the story as it progresses. Technology enhances the storyline not only to take the story from paper to screen, but also to expand our creativity. We now can do more with literature than we did a hundred years ago, and with new trendy websites or technologies popping up each and every day, our drive to tell the story becomes more advanced—and also complex.

While others have experimented with flash and altering website, I decided to take another path. Its simplicity makes it the perfect platform to express what I’ve created throughout the planning stage. Why simplicity? Because it’s more accessible and sometimes more revealing. The readership can relate more to simplicity rather than a complex set of images. However, the poem that I’m writing could also be hard to interpret just on face value—it’s simplicity could be too simplistic for that matter. It could be just like any other poem, or not a poem at all. It could be seen as a boring, depressing rant by a loner, or it could open a lot of ideas to the imagination. It’s not a traditional poem in the sense that it’s designed like Twitter updates—also known as “tweets.” In my untitled poem, the unnamed protagonist updates the world—anyone, everyone who has Twitter—of his daily musings and events. Each “tweet” that he makes is like the verse of a poem, with one revealing something supposedly interesting. While his rants may seem to be of interest to him (after all he made the effort to write these updates), in face value, it seems like a boring conundrum of events leading up to his day. The updates—ranging from waking up to eating something for dinner—would seem of little interest to the reader, but are obviously of great interest to him. However, as the poem (or the “tweets”) progresses, the protagonist feels less confident—possibly as a result of no one finds him interesting. His acceptance of his fate leads us to believe in his actual isolation from the real world—the internet world seems to make him acceptable in their eyes but the real world doesn’t seem to take that same opinion.
The point that I’m trying to make with this poem is how the internet makes us more self-centered. We want the whole world to know what we’re doing with our lives—we want to seem interesting to everyone. However, we separate ourselves from reality when we become selfish; the rest of the world doesn’t matter to what we think. We’re more relevant to our lives than what else is going on in our world, which separates us from the real world. The internet world insulates us in a way we allow our egos to explode. No longer do we need approval or concern of what we’re doing, it’s already out there.

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