I’ve been meaning for a while to comment on the Album Cover generator meme running around Facebook and elsewhere. A meme about extratextuals is too good to ignore, and it provides a good opportunity to discuss the flatness and the seeming paint-by-numbers nature of many extratextuals.
First, though, for those of you who don’t know the meme, here’s how it works:
1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random” or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 – Go to “Random quotations” or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover (it will need to be a .jpg, not a .gif or .bmp).
4 – Use Photoshop (or similar) to put it all together.
5 – Post it to Facebook as a note and tag the friends you want to join in.
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