For this exercise I chose to conduct an interview for the fictional cartoon character ‘Johnny Bravo’. In writing the interview I greatly took into account his overall character and considered how it would apply to the scenario of an interview.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with his character I included a link to one of the episodes of his TV show.
Here are a few snippets from the interview I conducted,
If anyone wants to read the full interview.
Continuing this exercise I wanted to create a page on social media that the character could visit and receive information on what he enjoyed or the products he liked in one location.
Here are a few of the recipes I created for the characters twitter page using the IFTTT site. It was quite challenging at first figuring out how to configure different recipes but after a few trial and errors I was successful.
And here are early screenshots of the recipes in action as well as additional activity on the twitter site.
Currently I still receive updates for the site and astoundingly I’ve noticed that people actually enjoy it. I’ve been getting constant notifications about new followers or responses that people gave to the posts the recipes have continued to make. However, not only am I surprised at the sites activity but how people are still responding to the posts even though they’re not tweeted by an actual person, but a bot. This idea really made me think about the concept of identity on the web and how people are able to conceal themselves behind facts that are fake or fictional (alias’s, avatars). If that’s the case how do we truly know who we are communicating with on the web?
Different points on this theory can be connected to one of the points made in the Radio Lab podcast ‘Talking to Machines’ on how machines and robots are replacing the roles of humans in relationships on the web and in the real world. One account given on the podcast describes how a man unknowingly fell in love with a bot on a local dating site and can be used to support the idea I mentioned earlier. Thus, the fact that a bot can sound convincing enough to cause a man to fall in love over the internet has definitely made me worry about the future of bots on the web.