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Daniel Sinker is an assistant professor at Columbia College Chicago, where his focus is entrepreneurial journalism and the mobile web. He is the founder and chief technologist of the mobile storytelling project CellStories. He was a 2007-08 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the impact of mobile technologies on traditional publishing models. He received his BFA in video production and new media from the School of the Art Institute in 1996.
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Dan Sinker did not intend to create an Internet phenomenon, but when he Tweeted his first 140 obscenity-laced characters as @MayorEmanuel, the Columbia College associate professor launched one of the first long-form literary successes ever to take over Twitter. A fictional account, @MayorEmanuel chronicled the adventures of former White House chief-of-staff and then Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. Sinker’s inside joke evolved into a multi-character epic story and took on new life as an experiment in the written form. At this special literary event, Sinker shares his insights on how new media, like Twitter, are changing how we write, while providing writers with entirely new methods of creative expression.
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This program is generously underwritten by Paula R. Kahn.
Artist Siebren Versteeg writes his own software code, avails himself of online media and commercial databases, and creates high-tech works. He discusses his work and the role of the artist in the digital age.
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