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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

Everyday messages are left across the Internet - on Facebook, on Twitter, on Craigslist, on MySpace.  As if many of these messages were not funny enough, now you can visualize the humor in social media.

Once upon a time it was "kids say the darnedest things" but now it is "Celebrities Tweet the darnedest things."  From Ashton Kutcher to William Shatner, it seems like every celebrity is tweeting.  In face is tracking over 10,000 celebrity tweets a week. 

However, the Museum of Modern Tweets has taken it to a new level. Every Tuesday on this blog, artist Odessa Begay renders a visual representation of a celebrity's 140-word message. Celebrity depictions have included Ryan Seacrest, Nick Jonas, John Mayer, Lance Armstrong and Jim Carrey shown below.  

The art has shown everything from Lance Armstrong sitting on a couch with mythical creatures in response to his tweet that said "Dinner at the house with @waterhero, @kingyoga and @chaincondom." to Lindsay Lohan reading a dictionary with an ape in response to any number of grammar and spelling errors in her Tweets. 

There’s also Sophie Blackwell’s Missed Connections blog, in which the artist illustrates those fateful Craigslist messages from everyday people (or maybe Celebrities in disguise - who knows).  In addition to Craigslist, the artist says she also pulls from classified ads in the Village Voice and Web sites exclusively dedicated to the digital message-in-a-bottle style listings.


Sophie, who works full-time as an editorial illustrator and illustrator of children's books, including the “Ivy and Bean” series, writes about "Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites."  The graphic above is for a missed connection posting that said "It was windy and pouring rain last night, and you were looking for directions in the East Village. You were wet and cold, so I gave you my umbrella. Unfortunately, I later discovered that I gave you the wrong directions and I feel just awful about it." 

While Sophie is popular online, there is already a book, I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections, which is about short comics based on the missed-connections ads from newspapers and Craigslist.

Not even Facebook, which already has real photos, is immune.  You can check out I'll have my Facebook portrait painted by Matt Held where the artist takes images of social media users and transform them into a classic form of painting-portraiture.

I guess you can say these are all examples of art imitating virtual life.


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