Collective Narrative: Thoughts on Final Proposal

For my final proposal, I want to continue with the theme that I explored in the last project, the Gallery of Lost Objects. In the prototype, I used only my own story and envisioned interviewing others to fill in gallery. There’s a place, though, where an archive of a range of stories about lost objects exists and is constantly updated: Twitter.

In the past few days, I’ve been exploring the tweets that come up with the search “I lost my,” and range of responses is fascinating. There’s the standard social media drama:

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Some are slightly more serious:

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And some are sad (though I tend to be skeptical of the motivations of anything personal posted to social media):

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Using the Twitter API, I want to collect the tweets that contain this phrase, categorizing them by the word that follows “I lost my…” I’m not yet sure how I want to display the text, other than the fact that want to distance them from the Twitter aesthetic and treat them each as a mini story. I’m also in Data Art and a digital mapping class, so I’m also thinking about creating visualizations down the line. For next week, though, I think I’ll stick to writing and a web page.

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