Mark Marino & Rob Wittig | Center for Twitzease Control

Center for Twitzease Control

Center for Twitzease Control is archived in three forms, each equally valid and equally problematic for recreating a real-time, participatory, transmedia, netprov project.

  • The Original Project Site, used by participants as a guide and home base during the netprov:

Center for Twitzease Control: Infectious Wordplay: Pass It On!
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  • An archival site, re-designed by Jordyn Swenson”

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  • Twitter’s current archival version of the hashtag used for the project:

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About Center for Twitzease Control

In April 2013, the Twitterverse was attacked by a series of plagues. Only one site could monitor them all: The Center for Twitzease Control

The Center for Twittzease Control is dedicated to the identification, perfection and promulgation of social media text mutations. Mutant wriding manoeuvres run rampant — mzspellings, V15UAL PUN5, vrbl cntrctionz — creating a #ashtag #ash of bzzre wordzmbies roaming the legible landscape intent on eading aye!-balls. Some of these saucy dish-eases are netprovised by humans, others are autonomically produced by alrogythmically progummed infirmware. In all bud a few cases their libes are cut shrt before they blossom. They have not the miminum viability g*d g*ve a flu.

CTwitzC is a netprov by Mark C. Marino and Rob Wittig, featuring twitbots by Brendan Howell and Mark Sample, and a host of contributors.

The website offers you full descriptions of all the Twitzeases. Attached you’ll find an archive of tweets that we would format in an easily readable style similar to WorkStudy Seth, adding back the avatars, et cetera.

About Mark Marino and Rob Wittig

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of electronic literature living in Los Angeles. His works include “a show of hands” (, “Living Will” (, and “The Ballad of Workstudy Seth” ( His recent work includes Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House (, a collection of interactive stories that he is writing with his children. He is the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization. (portfolio here: He currently teaches writing at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (, a collaboratory exploring the explication of computer source code. When he is not masquerading as Spencer Pratt or Heidi Montag on social media, Mark writes netprov and makes homemade pasta sauce in Los Angeles.

Rob Wittig plays at the crossroads of literature, graphic design and digital culture. A Silicon Valley native, he co-founded the legendary IN.S.OMNIA electronic bulletin board with the Surrealist-style literary and art group Invisible Seattle — a ground-breaking online art project of the digital age. On the basis of this work, Rob received a Fulbright grant to study the writing and graphic design of electronic literature with French philosopher Jacques Derrida in Paris. Rob’s book on that work, “Invisible Rendezvous,” was published Wesleyan University Press. He then embarked on a series of illustrated and designed digital fictions, including “Blue Company” a subscription novel in e-mail, “Friday’s Big Meeting” a fictional chatroom with emotive photo-avatars, and “El Dorado,” a horizontally scrolling travelogue (as part of an international collaboration with writers from Hamburg, Germany). Alongside his creative projects, Rob has worked in major publishing and graphic design firms in Chicago, rising to positions of creative direction and leadership of R&D teams. Rob’s web fiction “Fall of the Site of Marsha” was among the first works of electronic literature to be archived in the Library of Congress. In 2011 Rob earned an MA in Digital Culture (equivalent to a US MFA) at the University of Bergen, Norway, completing two major electronic literature projects: “Chicago Soul Exchange” and “Grace, Wit & Charm.”. He is currently developing high- design, collaborative fiction in a form called netprov, networked improv narrative. Rob is an assistant professor in the Art & Design and Writing Studies departments of the University of Minnesota Duluth.