Wow So Portland!

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Wow So Portland! is a bot-run twitter account by @tinysubversions that selects random images from Google Street View of Portland and pairs them with common sayings about Portland’s unique and quirky hipsterness. The effect of the bot, which runs four times a day, is broadly humorous as most street scenes look like any formerly industrial city trying to transition to a post-industrial economy.

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The media narrative of Portland is this revealed to be focused on the tiniest sliver of Portland life, the Portland of the upper middle class young creative professional that the press loves to cover, at the expense of the broad experience of the general population.

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Artwork as Recipe discusses some of the issues around algorithmic creativity

Horse_ebooks was thought to be a bot unintentionally producing poetic tweets, but the truth was more interesting.


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