A professor at the University of Calgary has created a computer-generated Twitter feed that parodies U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's messages with random replacement words.
John Aycock was developing a Facebook status simulator that would spit out posts for his computer security class when he realized the random generator was choosing bizarre word combinations.
But while his Facebook experiment didn’t work, Aycock took the opportunity to start his first Twitter account.
Sample tweets from the parody @TransforMitt Twitter account include: "I posture to make Erotica a job-gyrating manacle. With the right kind of dealership, we can get Erotica back."
The tweet from @MittRomney, the presumed Republican nominee's actual official twitter feed, reads: "I promise to make America a job-creating machine. With the right kind of leadership, we can get America back."
The computer science professor said he was torn between whether the random generator should parody U.S. President Barrack Obama’s Twitter account or Romney’s, so he flipped a coin.
Accidental art project
Aycock’s computer-generated tweets replace a few words from Romney’s tweets with a few of its own. Aycock then proofs them, to make sure nothing inappropriate or offensive gets through.
Aycock says the accidental art project is meant to be a comment on "the silliness" of political campaigns.
"Why do the parody? Well I think it’s important for universities to actually engage with society, as opposed to being stuck in an ivory tower and so this seemed like a nice way to make a statement about political campaigns through art."
Aycock said he choose to focus on U.S. politicians just because the election is closer than a Canadian option.
And, the computer security expert is having a lot of fun with it — and his colleagues are, too.
"A lot of people who have been greatly amused by it, I hope they’re also taking some time to reflect on what my real goal was, which was compared to the original are the computer-generated parodies anymore meaningful or truthful."