Monday, April 13, 2009

If Wishes Were Horses

Kudos to Aaron Winter who has created a great Michael Kohlhaas mash-up with Google maps to illustrate events in Kleist's great novella about the crises of justice, equivalency, and interoperability that the story represents in its tale about a horse-trader turned leader of a peasant rebellion who engages in a fictional debate about human rights with Martin Luther.

Social media channels are also used to represent the narrative elements in literature and mythology humorously. "If Homer's Odyssey Was Written On Twitter" makes fun of both the large temporal scope of the original masterpiece and the caffeinated rapid-fire timescale of microblogging updates. "Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah" uses the site's emphasis on group norms, gifting, quizzing, and wall-writing to mock elements of its even more epic tale.

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