Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crafting Fictional Personas With the Language of Facebook

Cultural Studies - Crafting Fictional Personas With the Language of Facebook - NYTimes.com: "I HAVE a feeling that if Andy Warhol were alive he would be spending the summer writing a novel that takes place in real time on Facebook. In that spirit, Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser have been writing a clever serialized novel on Slate called “My Darklyng.” Their innovation: the plot unfolds not just in text but on Facebook and Twitter.

For the purposes of what they affectionately call their “gonzo art project,” the veteran young-adult novelists Ms. Mechling and Ms. Moser created a fake Facebook page for their main character, 16-year-old Natalie Pollock. What’s fascinating is that Natalie’s page may seem fake and stilted and artificial, but only in the way all teenagers’ Facebook pages seem fake and stilted and artificial."