Author Archives: shardcore

Drunk George redacted

Parody accounts are one of the prevailing cultural forms of Twitter. The combination of lazy anonymity and the 140-characters-of-wit format make it the perfect place to assume a character and play it out to a potential audience of millions. Back in the prehistoric days of Twitter, one of the first parody accounts to come to […]

The Mood of the Nation

As we approach the election, it becomes apparent that the narrative landscape of politics has changed. In the past, the discourse was led by inky newspapers and the satirical sniping of broadcaster-sanctioned comedians. The last election, in 2010, certainly had a social media component – manifested by the American-aping ‘televised debates’ and the associated back-channel […]

@nk_markov

North Korea recently published a list of 300 patriotic slogans, which read remarkably like Markov generated sentences. I’ve never been a huge fan of Markov chains for creating text, since the results can be somewhat haphazard and ungrammatical. However, when the source text is itself haphazard and ungrammatical, it seems fitting. @nk_markov takes these 300 […]

Emojfication

The emoticon has become ubiquitous in informal text-based communications. The necessity to modify the meaning of potentially ambiguous sentences with the use of pictographic shorthand has a long history, but really came into it’s own with the democratisation of publishing which came with the advent of the internet. They are a visual shorthand which saves […]