Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Narrative Style in the F#%king 21st Century
While it had the biggest audience among political junkies and other followers of the Chicago mayor's race, this account in the Atlantic makes a good case for the groundbreaking achievement of the epic fake Twitter account @MayorEmanuel. While there have already been a number of interesting works looking at Twitter as a communications medium, @MayorEmanuel is a work of literary art created from within the medium, taking advantage of its brevity, its real-time nature, and its serial distribution to a core audience of followers.
It didn't hurt that @MayorEmanuel was often riotously funny, taking great and inventive advantage of former Obama Chief-of-Staff/next mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel's reputation for baroque profanity.