On December 11th, 2012, NYU graduate student Josh Begley set out to tweet the entire public history of US drone strikes from 2002 to 2012. The catch: he wanted to complete it in ten minutes. On the first day, Begley successfully tweeted over 100 drone strike instances, but only managed to reach March 2010. Since then, his paced has slowed and the DroneStream tweets are currently at December 2010, but Begley has no intention of stopping.
Alright, I lied. Too many strikes to tweet. @dronestream is going to take a lot longer than 10 minutes.— Josh Begley (@joshbegley) December 11, 2012
In an interview with New York Magazine, Begley explained that the experiment began as a project for his Narrative Lab class to study how stories are told from the web. After reading reports of drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, Begley was inspired in part by Instagram stream Dronestagram to start up the Twitter feed. Due to the vast amount of reported US drone strikes and the fact that he manually tweets each message, the frequency of tweets has decreased, especially since the first day, but he intends to see it all the way through. In fact, he told New York Magazine that he was actually being more meticulous when composing tweets and choosing what links to include rather than concentrate on speed. It may take awhile to complete, but when Begley reaches his goal he plans on switching the tweets from history lessons to current events.
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