Tim Burton is using Twitter to write his next story, using a collaborative technique known as the Cadavre Exquis or “Exquisite Cadaver”.  In 140 characters or less users will contribute to the story in sequence by building on the preceding line of text.

            The experiment in story telling will run from Nov. 22- Dec. 6.  Participants are allowed to tweet as often as they would like.  the best tweets of the day will selected for use in the story.  
            
            Burton's tale revives one of his characters of old, Stainboy.  The would be superhero was first popularized in 1997 in the authors macabre book of poems " The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories".


             Burton begins the tale with his own contribution of: “Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor…”

             As of the evening of November 24, 2010 numerous amount of tweets have been submitted but only 23 have been selected.  I myself have attempted to make the cut but alas my tweets have fallen to the cutting room floor.  It is an interesting use of social media and will probably result in an a lucrative final product.  Whether you tweet or not it is worth a read.  Check out the progress yourself here.

 


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