Share it Please
I started my research this weekend my posting three images (all found on Pinterest) to my Facebook page. The images are posted above. They are all different aesthetically and perhaps have different purposes, but I think that they are all meant to help somebody both want to read the play "Macbeth" and perhaps understand it better. The feedback that I got was interesting. Each of the three images was valued by different people for different reasons. Most said that while they were not interested in reading Shakespeare, the graphics did intrigue them. I then posted the pictures on our Slack channel, after discussing my idea with a few people. The feedback I have received has been different on Slack than it was on Facebook. This gives space to explore the issue of how Shakespearian scholars prefer visual interaction vs how those that have nothing to do with Shakespeare like it. This small bit of research helped me a lot in being able to understand how different images work for different people, and how a search engine like Pinterest could truly help engage both the Shakespeare scholar and layman alike. That's what I want my paper to encompass and prove, that the social media resources we have can be useful in a deep, profound way in valuing some of the greatest work ever written.
I want to focus my paper on a few different plays; I'm thinking "Macbeth" and "The Tempest" specifically. I think those are two visually intense plays that could lend themselves well to Pinterest. However, it may be interesting to see how Pinterest could help with a play like "Measure for Measure", one that isn't well known and perhaps doesn't have the visual intensity that the previously aforementioned plays do. I'm still working through these ideas, but I'm excited to continue my research and see where it brings me.