Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels

Reminder: Lisa Gitelman will be visiting DePaul TODAY for “Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels” (about the online translation of Melville’s novel into emoji). Gitelman is the author of Paper Knowledge, a media history of different document forms, from the library card, to the promissory note, to the PDF.

WHEN: THURSDAY, May 11, 4:15-5:30pm
WHERE: Richardson 115

Refreshments will be served!

Gitelman Emoji Dick

Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels

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Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji. Each of the book’s approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book. In total, over eight hundred people spent approximately 3,795,980 seconds working to create this book. Each worker was paid five cents per translation and two cents per vote per translation. The funds to pay the Amazon Turk workers and print the initial run of this book were raised from eighty-three people over the course of thirty days using the funding platform Kickstarter.