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Zack Snyder And J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Are Having A DC/Star Wars Tweet-Off

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They’re two of the biggest pop culture events on the horizon. Zack Snyder is attempting not only to serve up a sequel to the high-grossing but controversial Man of Steel, he’s kicking off an ambitious planned series of interlinked DC films designed to rival Marvel’s massively successful Cinematic Universe. And then there’s J.J. Abrams, also a larger-than-life Hollywood personality some love to hate, who’s bringing Star Wars back to the big screen in a major way with Episode VII, which will itself kick off a reinvigorated — and more tightly policed, canon-wise, Star Wars universe. I imagine Snyder and Abrams would have plenty to talk about should they get the chance to share a beer at some point, but in the meantime they’ve been busy tweet-flirting. It all started with the image below, tweeted by Snyder just as San Diego Comic-Con was kicking into gear.

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What Does Commander William Riker Google? Everything.

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rikerFew TV characters come across as more confident as Commander William T. Riker, the Star Trek: The Next Generation character that Jonathan Frakes made famous. Perhaps it’s something hiding in his signature beard. In any case, we now know some of the things that must have been floating around in his mind for all those years, thanks to a clever (and fake) Twitter account that offers insight into the things that Riker is searching for on Google. And yeah, some of it is total filth.

The plainly titled RikerGoogling has been active since February, but has seen a mere 96 tweets come through. This leads us to believe that either Riker already knows pretty much everything else, or he’s just going to Wikipedia for what he doesn’t. Unless there are RikerYahooing or RikerBinging accounts that I’m unfamiliar with.

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The Modern Twilight Zone Twitter Drags Rod Serling’s Classic Series Into The 21st Century

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SerlingSubmitted for your approval: your average social media experience takes on a strange new reality as Rod Serling’s poltergeist starts sending you new Twilight Zone pitches in 180 words or less. These aren’t just recycled plotlines from Serling’s seminal science fiction series, mind you. No, these are entirely new twists on our modern world, a world of Instagram and Netflix and Starbucks lined up two or three per block. You are entering a world of The Modern Twilight Zone on Twitter, which is regularly serving up 21st century twists on Serling’s iconic anthology series.

The Modern Twilight Zone Twitter has been up and running for several months now, and what’s interesting is that it’s not just the simple punchline farm you might expect. It would be easier to just parody the storytelling style and trademark twists of Serling’s beloved Zone, but TMTZ doesn’t seem to be interested in just going for the laughs. Some of the tweets are funny, but for the most part they are earnest attempts to imagine Zone-style stories grounded in the realities of modern day-to-day life. What spin would Serling have put on Facebook, for instance?

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A Lie Detector Test For Twitter

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twitter hoaxI use Twitter all the time, mostly for news and tips for stories I might want to write up for GFR. I require my students to use it for possible leads on sources for their research papers. On the day of the Boston Marathon, I happened to be on Twitter just as the first explosion occurred — bystanders tweeted about it a good 45 minutes before news outlets reported on it. But then, reports of other explosive devices emerged on Twitter, and other detonations, and all kinds of stuff that simply wasn’t true. It’s tough to draw the line between believing tweets from firsthand witnesses and being skeptical about tweets from people jumping to conclusions. As with all social media, responsible use of Twitter requires a carefully honed bullshit detector, and sometimes not even that is enough. Enter science, and a new system that can tell fact from fiction in our 140-character tweets.

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Star Wars And Marvel Take To Twitter To Swap Lightsabers And Magic Hammers

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SWMarvelIt’s been over a year since Disney stunned the world by buying Lucasfilm, and with it the Star Wars franchise. With that one deal, the future of the Star Wars franchise changed massively. As we’ve seen with Pixar and Marvel, the Disney is nothing if not ambitious, and in the past year they’ve moved aggressively, announcing new films, shows, games, comics, and more. And unsurprisingly, plenty of folks have speculated whether Disney’s various top-tier factions might team up, something we’re already seeing hints of with a rumored Pixar animated Star Wars movie. But what about Marvel and Star Wars? Well, sure enough, we’ve got our first official team-up between the House of George Lucas and the House of Ideas. Well, on Twitter, anyway.

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Hard Sci-Fi Movies Twitter Account Ruins Everyone’s Fun With Reason And Logic

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GravityHaving been raised by a father who was a full-time engineer, part-time astronomy teacher, I’m well acquainted with the fun of nitpicking movies and TV shows when they decide to take liberties with things like the laws of physics or common sense. But to paraphrase old Ben Kenobi, your enjoyment of that activity depends largely on your point of view. If you’re the one doing the nitpicking, it can be good fun. If it’s somebody else pointing out the flaws in one of your favorite movies, however, it can become a greased-up waterslide into a vat of pure rage. Thankfully the Hard Sci-Fi Movies twitter account has removed the names of the offenders so we can all enjoy the fun. Even though the offenders totally know who they are.