Workshop: Making Twitter Bots for Digital and Cultural Literacy

On Saturday, July 29 at 1:15 pm, I will be offering a workshop on creating Twitter bots at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver.

Here’s a link to a Google document for the workshop that will allow you to read and make comments on the document. Please feel free to use the comment functionality to chime in and ask questions.

Those interested in participating will profit most from the workshop by reading the document and doing the first three steps:

  1. Explore the Twitter bot examples listed in the document for ideas and inspiration to come up with a concept and basic operation of a bot you would like to create.
  2. Think of sentence templates, variables, and datasets that you can use to generate the kind of output you want your bot to generate. Here are some useful resources.
  3. Create a Twitter account for your bot.
  • You will need an e-mail address for that account. You can create one from scratch, or if you have a Gmail account, you can add +botname to your e-mail address before the @ sign (leonardo.flores@upr.eduleonardo.flores+bot@upr.edu).
  • Flesh out the account with a profile picture, header picture, and description. This is where you begin to develop its character and personality.

And if you can’t do it, no worries! Those who don’t have an individual bot project to develop will work collectively to create a bot in the workshop. Here’s a link to our worksheet: bit.ly/digpedbot.

You can download a PDF of the document, visit the live document or read it embedded below.

Olá Portugal!

I am pleased to announce that from July 10-23 I will be visting Porto in a series of scholarly activities and public appearances sponsored by the Fulbright Specialist Program, the Fulbright Commission in Lisbon, and Universidade Fernando Pessoa (UFP).

Schedule:

  • July 13-14: Available for meetings and consultations 9:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00 UFP CETIC.
  • July 14: Presentation: “Electronic Literature and the Future of Writing” 18:00 – Salao Nobre at UFP.
  • At the Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Festival (July 18-22):
    • July 18: Meeting:  litElat: Latin American E-Literature Network 16:00 – 18:00 at Sala Fernando Pessoa, EEPG.
    • July 19: Panel Presentation: “Mainstreaming Electronic Literature” 10:30 – 12:15at UFP Auditório.
    • July 21: Roundtable Presentation: “Translations and Renderings” 10:30 – 12:15 at UFP Auditório.

Contact Information:

If you are interested in meeting with me in the Porto area, don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail so we can schedule an appointment, especially on July 13-14.

Additional information:

If you’re interested in knowing more about electronic literature, you can watch my TEDx talk on YouTube or attend the Electronic Literature Organization 2017 Conference and Festival (see poster below), with scholarly presentations, exhibitions, and performances at UFP and around Porto.

And special thanks to Dr. Rui Torres for this generous invitation!

My recent #criticalmemes

This semester has presented me with opportunities to create several critical memes. From teaching how to create memes that present complex ideas and critiques in my Digital Media Criticism course to a fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico that has led to an indefinite student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, I have had plenty of inspiration to explore this popular digital media genre. So here are some of my most recent memes.

My most recent one is inspired by this meme about Republicans planning to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s a link to the GIF version.

This series was inspired by Puerto Rico’s National Strike on May 1, 2017– a massive peaceful protest against austerity measures that was misrepresented by the media and many people when a small group of people engaged in vandalism after the event had concluded.

Finally, when Governor Ricky Rosselló, who repeatedly stated during his campaign that the debt could be paid and that he wouldn’t declare bancruptcy, declared bankruptcy, I created these two memes (click to enlarge).

I don’t know how much of an impact these memes will have, but they’re fun to create and circulate nicely in social media. My most successful one has received of 4,500 shares between Facebook and Twitter since it was launched a week ago. Most importantly, they allow me to express my perspective on current events while I practice my skills on and learn about what makes this such a popular digital genre.

And before anyone corrects me on this, I will clarify that I’m aware that:

Text over image of French presiden Macron: "This is not a meme / It's an image macron"

Share and enjoy!

Support the ELC3 with Your Vote

A publication I co-edited, the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3 (ELC3) has been nominated for a 2016 Digital Humanities Award in the category of “Best Use of DH for Public Engagement.”

Please support this publication with your vote here. Voting is open until Friday, February 25.

For more information of these awards read on or visit their page:

Digital Humanities Awards are a set of entirely open annual awards run as a DH awareness raising activity. The awards are nominated and voted for entirely by the public. These awards are intended to help put interesting DH resources in the spotlight and engage DH users (and general public) in the work of the community.

I have been nominated twice for DH awards in the past for I ♥︎ E-Poetry, earning the following awards:

 

 

New Video & Resource: My Networked Narratives Studio Visit

On Tuesday, January 31, I participated in the first Elements of Networked Narratives Studio Visit. Here’s a description of the course and event, which was hosted by Mia Zamora (@MiaZamoraPhD) and Alan Levine (@cogdog).

Networked Narratives is an open connected course of digital storytelling, world building, civic imagination, and a bit of digital alchemy. Join a group of registered students at Kean University for a journey starting January 16, 2017

The studio visit was recorded via Google Hangouts on Air and is now published on YouTube (see below) and beautifully documented and annotated (via Hypothes.is) in their website.


Thank you, Mia, Alan, and all the participants for the invitation and putting together such a wonderful experience and resource!

My Appointment as Department of English Interim Director

I am pleased to share the good news that I have been chosen to serve as the next Interim Director of the Department of English at UPR: Mayagüez.

I wish to thank all the colleagues who supported my candidacy with their vote, writing, and encouragement. This couldn’t have happened without you.

I also wish to thank my wife Kara and my mother Nelsie for their incredible support. I couldn’t do it without your help. And thanks to my loving children Blake and Olivia for their patience with me as I become busier over the next few years.

I especially want to thank Interim Dean Fernando Gilbes Santaella and Chancellor John Fernandez Van Cleve for placing their trust in me.

I’m looking forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to strengthen and transform our English Department so that it can better serve our students, our University, Puerto Rico, and the world in the challenging times ahead.

Spring 2017 Courses

Next semester I will be teaching two courses, both of which focus on digital literacy, rhetoric, and skills:

  • Digital Humanities Internship (INTD 4995) is a course I’ve been teaching every semester since Fall 2013. This course is structured as an internship in which I work with students in the development of digital projects, such as the English Department Website, I ♥︎ E-Poetry, and the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3. This course has a capacity of 8 students and it is by invitation only. The course is full for next semester, but if you’re interested in participating, contact me, and I will add you to the waiting list for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Digital Media Criticism (INGL 3300) is concerned with the production of criticism using a variety of writing genres and formats developed and facilitated in digital media. The students will research, write, and produce criticism of a variety of works available in print and digital media, while learning the genres and conventions of digital genres, such as: blogging, podcasts, videos, listicles, social media performances, electronic literature, and live streaming performances. The course will be taught next semester only on M,W 4:30-5:45 pm. Here’s the flyer.

3300flyer

E-Literature for App Makers

This is a series of links that I will reference in a brief talk I will have with the AppCreator group at UPRM on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Here are 4 examples of historical e-literature in chronological order:

Christopher Strachey & Alan Turing working on the Ferranti Mark I computer
Christopher Strachey & Alan Turing working on the Ferranti Mark
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5.25″ floppy disk for the 1st edition of First Screening
Screenshot of
Screenshot of “Enigma n” by Jim Andrews
Screenshot from
Screenshot from “Taroko Gorge” by Nick Montfort

Teaching Critical Memes

Materials for my “Teaching Critical Memes” presentation:

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
     And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
     As any she belied with false compare.
  • Hamlet Memes Slideshow

Mi columna en 80 Grados

Hoy publicaron mi primera columna en la revista digital puertorriqueña 80 Grados, titulada “La literatura electrónica y el futuro de la palabra“.

Este es el comienzo de una serie de columnas mensuales acerca de la literatura electrónica, su historia, trayectoria, tradiciones en distintos países, idiomas y las tecnologías utilizadas. En esta serie se podrán vislumbrar algunos de los futuros potenciales de la palabra en los medios digitales, más allá de los ebooks. Este tipo de escritura es importante tanto como fenómeno literario como una manera de promover y cultivar el alfabetismo digital. El mercado de empleos del presente y futuro lo requiere y nuestro sistema educativo debe incorporarlo por el bien de nuestro pueblo puertorriqueño.

Esta columna es parte de un proyecto recién aprobado por el Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez y la Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades, titulado “La literatura electrónica en Puerto Rico: Divulgando el futuro de la palabra.” Para más detalles del proyecto, lea esta entrada en mi blog.

¡Estoy muy entusiasmado por esta oportunidad de conversar con mi pueblo!