men r turds
Hugo Arcier: 3d printed titanium sculptures
Mark Sample makes a call for Protest ‘Bots of Conviction’ and narrates his own experiences of deploying twitter bots.
There are not many bots of conviction, but they are possible, as @ClearCongress demonstrates. It turns out I have been making agit-bots myself, though I didn’t realize it until after the horrific mass killing in Santa Barbara on May 23. I woke up the next day heartbroken and angry, so I made a bot. This seemed to be a more productive way of channeling my anger than calling Congress—hopeless, selfish Congress—about gun laws.
Mark also makes some interesting criticisms of the current bot canon that is taking shape. I have to agree, I moved away from making twitter-bots when the scene got saturated with gag-formula bots, but Mark’s words are encouraging provocations to revisit the medium.
rather than ambivalence and anguish being the key markers of canon-worthy bots, it’s absurdism, comical juxtaposition, and an exhaustive sensibility (the idea that while a human cannot tweet every word or every unicode character, a machine can). Bots that don’t share these traits—say, a bot that lists toxic chemicals in drinking water or tweets civilian deaths from drone attacks—are likely to be left out of the bot canon.
especially when we’re talking about a white dude
it’s deeply disturbing that people are so eager to associate mental illness with mass violence, yet refuse to associate misogyny with killing women