Poetry in the Textbox
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The textbox is simultaneously the most basic form of posting content and a ground for innovation and experimentation. In past platforms like MySpace users could control and alter the functionality of the platform itself by directly typing in html and css. In current platforms users are leading product development, see Twitter and the user invention of the hashtag, and using text to program new interfaces, like TikToks text to speech feature. The textbox offers the opportunity to reframe programming and our agency with software from a one-sided affair of cold logic dictated by platforms to one of poetics, intentionality and community. After all, what do programmers do all day? Type text.