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Middle East’s Twitter Revolution In Book Form

As we’ve written before, Twitter’s impact on the Arab world is well-documented, notably in the key role it played in the Arab Spring uprisings.

And new research suggests that Twitter use in the Middle East is very much on the rise.

So it’s unsurprising that a new novel called Kapow! by British author Adam Thirlwell takes a look at social media’s role in the Arab Spring — in book form.

As FastCoDesign writes, “Thousands of personal accounts, broadcast through Twitter, email, and weblog, mingled with the reports of newscasters and mainstream journalists to weave a living, breathing fabric of stories.”

In the book, Thirlwell tries to replicate the experience in print of the real-time global news whirlwind that was the Arab Spring.

How does that work, you ask?

Some paragraphs in the book flip upside down, while others melt into shapes.Fold-out accordion pages let text spread across 12 inches of paper.

“As the book progresses and gets increasingly more noisy, the visual treatment of the digressions also gets crazier and crazier, acting very much as a reflection of the narrative,” publisher Britt Iversen told Creative Review.

So incredibly cool. The concept of rendering Twitter in physical print form is super intriguing – and it seems like Thirlwell’s done a great job.

You can order Kapow! for yourself right here.

(Images via Visual Editions)

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