Bookloot and strange Tweets

Ok, so I was not planning to post again today, just as I was not planning to go to the bookstore today. But after meeting a friend for coffee, I somehow mysteriously, through a slight unintentional (yeah, right!) detour on the way from the cafe to the pet shop, found myself browsing the shelves at one of the two bookstores in Yerevan that have a quarterway decent English collection of books. This is what I came home with:

booksThe top-book speaks for itself, below is a book called Gender: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Tina Chanter, the last book is called Deviation: Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature. This combination of books was unintentional, but it made me laugh.

When I came home I sent out this Tweet:

Went bookshopping. Came home with anthology of contemporary #Armenia writers, book on #gender and an English translation of the #Koran.

Within seconds this one came back:

ThaBookie@armenianodar You should read Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

The Tweet contained a link to a page at Amazon for a book with that title. ThaBookie? I don’t follow a ThaBookie and neither does it follow me.  Turns out @ThaBookie is a bot that makes book suggestions based on your Tweet. Now I am wondering what exactly triggered it to come up with a book about angry and controlling men? Koran and gender in one sentence maybe? Or possibly gender and Armenia? The more I think about it, the more it annoys me, because it is such a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way to confirm already widespread prejudices about Islam.

And for the record: no, I am not interested in ThaBookie’s recommendation, thank you very much.

5 thoughts on “Bookloot and strange Tweets

  1. Interesting choice, I’d say, albeit unintentional. I’d be curious to browse through the list of contemporary Armenian writers, though. I think at this point I am a complete ignoramus as far as contemporary literature goes…

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