Plumálin Analysis

The alter-ego “Plumálin” is centered around the questions of peace. He is a character that uses history to cope with and develop an understanding of the future with a keen eye on the modern day oppression dilemma. Proposed in a twitter stream, this alter-ego expresses the worry of society through the lenses of artifacts and self-reflection. Constructed in 17 individual tweets, Plumálin presents various ideologies, social theories, and articles that are formatted in a sequence of clues for an investigative approach.

In chapter four of  “Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media” by Bryan Alexander and David Herman, Web 2.0 is discussed as well as the various avenues used to present stories. “Character Blogging” is one of the avenues artists use to tell a story. Small Town Noir, one of the subsections of chapter 4, uses a consistent post property to tell a story. On Plumálin’s twitter account there is also a consecutive and thought-provoking collection of posts. Furthermore, when considering Small Town Noir, Alexander said, “Reading post after post, Small Town Noir offers a composite character of personal extremity and frequent desperation (61).” The words “extremity” and “desperation” are key when reflecting on Plumálin’s twitter posts. His posts are sometimes going too far extremes such as “Top 10 Most Wicked Popes” 

comes right after “ISIS- Facts & Summary” which has some severe differences in magnitude and proposition.

While reflecting on the proper angle to approach the analyzation of Plumálin, forensics seemed to fit perfectly. He has created a twitter account that is formatted like a puzzle to be solved. As stated earlier: the extremities and desperations of posts create the storyline. Plumálin is battling with the concepts of unity and peace and uses retweeting and expressions to describe his mental map. As readers, we must organize his tweets to understand his thought process and formulate a more profound explanation for oppression and cultural indifference. Plumálin‘s tweets are formatted in such a way as to cause the reader to gravitate to his explorations and discoveries from self-reflection.

The forensics approach offers several probing questions to arise. Plumálin lays down clues the directly relate to his understanding of peace. Also, by displaying multiple links and quotes, he creates an atmosphere of evolution. The evolution of society as a whole, but with a particular interest in the separation and disagreements between groups. In a post of September 2nd, Plumain blogs an article titled, “The Meaning of God,” with the caption, “A modern theme arrives, internal peace.”

He is grappling with the question of why there is conflict when there is a God, furthermore, if there is a God then what kind is he. Shortly after this post is a polar opposite in a thematic approach: “Justice is seeked by all, but whose justice is true.” He is providing several viewpoints of peace and unity by publishing contradicting claims.

Referenced by Alexander, Twitter storytelling can be divided into modes. The first being immediacy lends itself to live staged stories, with “each tweet being written to the moment (62).” Plumálin certainly is identified as a staged story that allows for cohesion between alter-ego and reader. Also, the author acknowledges that twitter stories welcome aphorisms of the established character over time. With the several tweets regarding oppression and revolutions, readers start to construct a concrete description of Plumálin. We are drawn to seeking his truth rather than our own preconceived ideas of peace.

Another interesting observation is one of the first tweets by Plumálin. He writes, “Peter Turchin’s War and Peace:which discusses the natural flow of communities forming to rival oppressors until conflict divides the cooperative into new enemies,” which beings to set the groundwork for understanding Plumálin.

He is a man wondering throughout the blog account the origins of war, the origins of peace, the source of division, and the focus of conflicts.

On page 62, Alexander discusses Twitter in the light of a stream of consciousness. Twitter is a place for ideas and thoughts to roll of the fingertips of authors onto the Twittersphere and then swiped through by someone somewhere else. Plumálin is written with a sense of the stream of consciousness in mind. He seems to be posting any and everything meaningfully related to unity and oppression but constructed in a well-proposed method. His posts have a sense that they tie together one at a time with a strong emphasis on the themes of the preceding post. However, towards the end (or top of the page) Plumálin switches gears a bit to contemplate if a solution to the worlds issues is a restart conveniently given by Space X. This change of direction only confirms the forensic approach to be the most critical viewing of his work.

Plumálin is a character that suffers from the emotions brung up by reflecting on our world’s developments and lack thereof. He questions if there can be unity amongst the people and if so, how. His attitude is hopeful but can be harsh other times. Plumálin mashes positives with negatives to almost replicate his viewing of the world’s issues: a clash of good and evil. Towards the end, he begins to unveil his beliefs. He slowly starts recognizing there is more good in the world and that these individuals are needed to promote change. However, Plumálin does show last minute hesitation with one of his final tweets referencing an opportunity for life on another planet. Even with this tweet, Plumálin has created two significant things for readers: a deeply rooted observation of the origins of conflict, and the human qualities that make up his personality. He is a human who contemplates things, worries, resolves, and then contemplates again.

 

 

Works Cited

Alexander, Bryan. The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Praeger, 2017.

Damos, Chris. “Plumálin (@VisionsOfUnity).” Plamlin, Twitter, 28 Nov. 2016, twitter.com/VisionsOfUnity.