I “interrupted” at the Interrupt3 conference at Brown University by offering the audience the chance to collaboratively create a live, real time 5 min Twitter manifesto on writing and new media. Posting with #fail, the manifesto is quite wonderful. Coming home after dinner I was forced to wade through 11 hours of #fail (lots of failure on Twitter) to find the window we had posted in. The end result is about 70 screen shots. I hope to install it at some point. It will likely fill a few feet of wall. Our disparate voices are like needles in the haystack which begs the question of what manifesto means in today’s networked world of social media.
John Caley invited me to Brown University to cover Interrupt 3 a conference on new media writing and poetics. I had the opportunity to hear conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith’s controversial poem. I decided to post this essay in response. I appreciate filmmaker and critic Keith Sanborn adding it to the reading list for Bard University’s MFA summer program. I hope this continues the conversation Goldsmith began.