kander – LookingOutwards06

For this Looking Outwards assignment, I selected Citation Needed (@needsref) by Allison Parrish, which is a bot that crawls through Wikipedia and tweets out sentences that are marked “citation needed.” Seeing a feed full of assertions that we would normally believe in the context of a full-length Wikipedia article, but we actually have no way of actually checking their accuracy, highlights the willingness with which we will accept information. There’s also a certain humorousness to seeing sentences completely out of context, as well as a more subtle humor to seeing sentences that are probably very subjective and up for debate being attempted to be passed off as fact, such as “England is considered the home of the game of football.”

Parrish works primarily in fields of text, and seems to be especially interested in poetry , and words and code.

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