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The Original Tweeting Trump Book

A book aimed at children that displays Donald Trump's live Twitter feed on an e-paper display

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This project is intended to be a collaborative research project that uses a conceptual design as a starting point.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to be a contributor. Nobody will be refused!

The ultimate aim is to physically construct The Orginal Tweeting Trump Book in a participatory manner. All the components and code that have been uploaded to this project page are a result of my initial research on how to make this project physically possible. Project content can be changed by contributors as we work towards a final product.

Trying to achieve consensus for a change to the "Original Tweeting Trump Book" page might get messy but we will try anyway. If you'd like to start your own version of this project please do so. The more the merrier.

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The relationship between cognitive overload, social media and the omnipresence of Trump in the media seems deserving of some exploration. Trump’s propensity to frequently utter falsehoods has been well documented (Politico, 2019). The sheer volume, frequency and spontaneity of Trump’s lies makes reality hard to navigate while listening to him. It takes cognitive energy to distinguish reliable information from misinformation, distortions, pseudo facts and outright lies. The media has even begun to use the term “Trump Fatigue Syndrome” (Rennie Short, 2019).How can we ease our cognitive load when it comes to Trump’s words? 

One way to ease our cognitive load is to simply free ourselves from the context of non-Trump realities and start believing him, as Lamar Smith, (Chair of the House Science Committee) suggested in a 2017 speech to Congress. Lamar exclaimed: "Better to get your news directly from the President. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth”(House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) suggests people bypass the media and get their news “directly from the president.,” 2017).

While it may be too difficult for some adults to be able to transition fully into to Trump’s reality, perhaps it is not too late to save our children from the psychological torment of trying to discern fact from fiction. Perhaps, IoT technology can help. The Tweeting Trump Children’s Book is aimed at parents who want to ensure their children do not have to contend with a disconcerting reality they can do little about. The book doesn’t open and contains no other information other than Donald Trump’s live Twitter feed displayed on an e-paper screen. In order to make things fun for children, the book jacket features a whimsical cartoon caricature of Trump’s iconic hair.

Note to parents: This book is most effective in the absence of all other books.

PaPiRus-master.zip

Github repository for Papirus e-paper display.

Zip Archive - 7.43 MB - 08/17/2019 at 03:06

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  • 1 × PaPiRus 2.7" eInk Display HAT for Raspberry Pi The PaPiRus Screen HAT from Pi Supply is an ePaper / eInk screen HAT designed for the Raspberry Pi.
  • 1 × Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT)

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