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previous idea and interpret it in their own way.”


Of course, social media is by no means the sole preserve of the visually artistic. The Collaborative Project, a free website set up to “bring people together to participate in projects that are fun, interesting and creative”, is currently running a collaborative writing project entitled ‘The Story’ which is fiction written by members of the public. Each participant only sees what the person immediately before has


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written so that the finished fiction will be “full of many unexpected twists and turns”.


We are in an unprecedented age of information freedom where anything and everything is but a mouse click away. Social media sites allow us to process and make sense of this huge abundance of information in a way that is tailored to our own personal interests and foibles and, in doing so, can act like a huge adrenalin injection straight into the heart of our creativity.


For further information visit: http://www.ted.com/ http://www.flick r.com/groups/ uketsyswap/ http://ukhandmade.co.uk/content/ inspire-creature-round-robin http://www.thecollaborativeproject. co.uk/


Creature Round Robin images courtesy of Olly Freuhler, Shaz Shanehchi, Gez Hughes and Julia Marsh.


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