Responses to One-Tweet Book Proposals ebook

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[from Wikipedia]:
Ian Bogost is a video game designer, critic and researcher. He holds a joint professorship in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and in Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Chair in Media Studies.[1] He is a founding partner at Persuasive Games. His research and writing consider video games as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on games about social and political issues


From Twitter bio:
Blair MacIntyre: Professor at Georgia Tech, Augmented Reality Researcher, co-Founder of Aura Interactive. Atlanta, GA ·

Nyasha Junior is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Howard University School of Divinity, Washington D.C.  Blog @NoExtraCredit, Web

[note: I’d mistakenly put “August 13” in the the ebook description on book page].

Catherine Liu is Director, UC Irivine Humanities Center, Film & Media Studies, and Professor of Film & Media Studies. Author of The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique. [from UCI faculty page].

Josh Honn is Digital Scholarship Fellow at the Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation, Northwestern University, where he consults and collaborates with faculty and graduate students on digital humanities pedagogy and research projects. (from

“We enable thousands of creators to make millions of dollars” is the current tagline of Gumroad, the site on which the “One-Tweet Book Proposals” ebook was offered for sale.

Elizabeth Goodman is a designer, researcher, and writer on interaction design and ubiquitous computing living in San Francisco. She is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. (from her site

As of 9:30am PST, Ian Bogost’s twitter account @ibogost is apparently blocking my account @tmccormick, meaning I cannot message him there, or see his postings in my home timeline.


So far on Sun 04 July (to 11:20am PST), 14 new “One-Tweet Book Proposals” have been posted via #onetweetbookproposals.

Update 04 July 1155 PST: Public comments left by Bogost via Disqus comments on site:

2:35 p.m., Sunday Aug. 4
Email address: [redacted] | IP address:
  I never blocked you on Twitter. Claiming others work as yours by putting your name on it is one kind of assholery. Slandering me directly is another. Fix it.

2:37 p.m., Sunday Aug. 4
  I never blocked you on Twitter. Are you lying about that as part of your perverse trolling experiment, or do you actually believe it to be true?

Response: I observed (in post above) that account @ibogost apparently blocking account @tmccormick, because @ibogost posts in conversations were showing up as unavailable/”protected,” as shown in screenshot. (Note, I said “account” deliberately rather than Bogost because it is possible that blocking could be done by error, algorithm, or Twitter administrators).


Update 04 Aug 2050PST – confirmed @tmccormick account blocked by @ibogost.
See screenshot below – click on to view full-size.

Note:  @ibogost has 19,756 followers. The “followed by.. 100+ others” indicates we have over 100 mutual followers, who would see in their timelines not only regular tweets but any reply message (i.e. prefaced by @username) between Bogost and me. This list is primarily academics, journalists, writers, and media sources in higher education and digital humanities.



Update 04 Aug 2200PST – changed price for “One-Tweet Book Proposals” ebook on Gumroad from 99¢ to free. Note, I set up the ebook with a 99¢ price on Gumroad and made one purchase to test the mechanism, but it was subsequently turned it off and never accepted a payment from anyone else.

I am interested to see if people have concerns with tweet collection in the case of an ebook (PDF) offered at no charge. It could be seen as a type of “storify” collection, blog post, or book.  I am also continuing to experiment with various ways to present Tweet series as compound “long form” works.


What do you think? In what ways might be acceptable or useful for your tweets to be collected? Please comment using Disqus box below (connect w/Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Disqus account), or on Twitter with a link to the post and/or me @tmccormick and/or hashtag #onetweetbookproposals, or email me at tmccormick (at)




2 thoughts on “Responses to One-Tweet Book Proposals ebook

  1. I never blocked you on Twitter. Claiming others work as yours by putting your name on it is one kind of assholery. Slandering me directly is another. Fix it.

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