• "Tiny Flashing Thumbs: How to Bot Your Way to Fake News Success"

    Author(s):
    Zach Whalen
    Editor(s):
    Shawn Graham
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Digital pedagogy
    Item Type:
    Course Material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    DPiH, DPiH History, DPih Course Material or learning objects, Practice, Advanced, Forking
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/v4cg-8w11
    Abstract:
    Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: An important role of the historian is to humanize the past, while confronting the audience with the simultaneous alienness of it. What Mark Sample calls “bots of conviction” can enable that confrontation (“Protest”). This artifact shows how to make a Twitter bot (an account that tweets automatically) powered by a variety of different generators. The potential power of a Twitter bot for history is demonstrated by Caleb McDaniel’s “Every Three Minutes” bot, which tweets every three minutes with the historical details of a slave sale in the United States. The associated paradata post by McDaniel, “Slave Sales on Twitter,” discusses the underlying research and rationale for this particular bot. Students could use Zach Whalen’s templates to tweet a historical event in real time, to adopt the persona of a historical personage, or to follow McDaniel’s example to uncover similar histories.
    Notes:
    This deposit is part of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and published by the Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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