#1B1T: Twitter’s social reading of American Gods

In the spring of 2010, inspired by groups and communities who were social reading novels, member of the Twitter community decided to do a “One Book, One Twitter” reading online. “Let’s love one book together, our actual geographical location be damned.”  Very loosely organized participants voted on their selection – Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”. Considering the content and nature of the work it was a controversial choice. Confined to the 140 character limit of the Twitter platform and structured into a schedule of chapters, denizens of the domain began with high hopes and a lot of enthusiasm. I will consider the preparations, execution, and conclusion of this crowdsourced attempt to facilitate a global social reading, the pitfalls that the endeavor encountered, and the benefits of such a massive attempt to read together.

I will need a smart setup (computer, access to the ‘net, projection) to show a backdrop presentation.

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About Denice Szafran

I have a limited background with tech - I can install a moodle learning platform, teach online courses, mess up a web server, program in Perl (learning Ruby, but slowly) and code HTML, and play on the IRC. I used to be able to deltree in DOS but they won't let us do that anymore. My research interests are in digital and cyber culture, language, community, and spaces in the commons - I'm an anthropologist, but don't judge me by that.. I heard Žižek speak at UB, was not impressed, he;s obnoxious - my theory heroes include folks like Tim Ingold, Howard Rheingold, David Graeber, and Clay Shirky. Oh, and I love Oxford commas.