Teaching Twitterbots

Possible Design Brief

Not all democracy is the same, indeed, philosophers have debated what constitutes democracy since its origins. If we beleive that we can design technology to enact poltical theory, or "do politics," then it stands to reason that we can design technology to do different forms of democracy. Research at least two constrasting theories of democracy and design a Twitter bot that  attempts to enact each political theory.

Questions for reflection

  • Do some political theories seems more difficult than others to translate into software? Why do you think that is the case?
  • What is lost in translation from theory to code? What is gained?
  • Should we consider Twitter bots as unique political actors, or are they simply extensions of human intention and voice?

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