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Every hour, this bot draws language from wikiHow, repackages and recontextualizes it as a sexting message, and tweets it. Part of its process is to add pronouns “I,” “you,” or both to the instructions and actions described, in addition to prefacing each tweet with “sext.” Its output invites readers to interpret bland, utilitarian language metaphorically because it’s conceptually framed as sexting. The scenario of people sending sexually explicit messages back and forth, describing things they are doing to their bodies, contrasts sharply with the step-by-step instructions common to wikiHow, resulting in surprising and humorous results. Follow this bot on Twitter to learn many new euphemisms for sexual acts and the expressive potential of conceptual reframing. (Source: Editorial Statement from the works collection site)

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Sebastian Cortes