This week, America was lucky enough to celebrate Independence Day. July 4th came, saw, ate too much, nearly blew its hand off with a homemade sparkler bomb, and it conquered.
With America’s birthday, came a wide range of amazing things on Twitter, a truly renewable resource of crowd-sourced humor. Because Twitter is great. And it’s terrible. It’s all things at once and nothing. Among the things this past week that caught my eye was a renewed interest in the movie Jaws and — in particular — in watching it in real time. Presumably started by H. Michael Kremer as a way to have watch the film in a different, fun, and infectiously shareable way.
As Jaws unfolds, you are supposed to watch only the portion of the movie that occurs on that day itself. So, on June 28: when the Shark takes its first victim, you would only watch the 3 minutes of movie that occurred on June 28th.
This blending of an all-time classic movie, with social media in the present day got me wondering: what if Jaws wasn’t just watched in real time. What if the characters from the movie were actually live-Tweeting their experiences on Amity Island as they occurred? Let’s find out.