Scenes from the Wire

Scenes from the Wire screenshot

Last week Zach Whalen reminded me of a tumblr site Ryan Brazell turned me onto last year: “Scenes from the Wire”. The tumblr is run by a bot—an art form Zach turned me onto yesterday—that automatically creates GIFs with subtitles numerous times a day until it has giffed every moment of dialogue from the entire first season. I’m actually finding it a great resource for refreshing my memory about particular episodes. I wonder how much more dialogue it has to GIF before it’s done?

It got me thinking, while talking with Zach about bots yesterday, what a wire106 bot might look like. So I think I might have bigger project for this class—above and beyond the assignments—figured out. I want to create a wire106-inspired bot through something like Tumblr, Twitter, or some other application—although Twitter seems like popular choice. Here’s to ds106 for making me feel creative again. I love this course!

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3 Responses to Scenes from the Wire

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  3. MBS says:

    You should reach out to Boone (of course) about this. He created a Twitter bot that remixed anything hashtagged #aln12 at Sloane-C 2012. And generated a new Tweet with that tag. It used some sort of natural language algorithm so that the Tweet kind of made sense, but not quite. It was pretty funny, and obviously a bit subversive.

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