PRESENTLY DEVELOPING “JABBERSQUAWKEY: THE AUTOMATED POLITICIAN GOSSIP GENERATOR

1. You are a politician and are the vehicle by which gossip is generated online.
2. You merely have to be present to begin generating gossip.
3. The more people you have present in the screen, the more politicians appear which provides more diverse gossip generation.

Whether you have been assigned to be the vehicle for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Condeleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, or another politician, you will enable and perpetuate the political “rumor-mill.” More specifically, when you enter the screen you are assigned a politician. When you are alone, and there is only one politician on screen, that politician makes comments about him- or herself regarding content collected from online gossip articles or publications in a speech-bubble above their head. This sentence of gossip is simultaneously being posted to Twitter account #Jabbersquawkey, to be read by the masses.

When a second politician enters the room, and there are two, the gossip comments (also culled from real online gossip) become slanderous attacks on the opposing politician in the room. When politicians get physically too close to eachother, either a “Back Off!” line appears between the two celebs, or if they are from the same party a Democratic or Republican symbol. If there are three or more standing too close other graphics, like oil pumps or free health injection animations appear. In addition to the gossip comment, there is a live real-time Twitter feed from each of the politicians official twitter accounts above their heads, displaying one word at a time. When people have stayed in the screen for too long birds, stars, and binders full of women circle around their heads reflecting that you have become dizzy with gossip. See how many of your friends you can fit into the screen.

The title Jabbersquawkey is a spin-off of “Jabberwocky” is a nonsense verse poem written by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book tells of Alice’s adventures within the back-to-front world of a looking glass. In a scene in which she is in conversation with the chess pieces White King and White Queen, Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realizing that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognizes that the verse on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of “Jabberwocky”. She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has walked into, later revealed as a dreamscape. “Jabberwocky” is considered one of the greatest nonsense poems written in English. Its playful, whimsical language has given us nonsense words and neologisms such as “galumphing” and “chortle.”

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