“I’ll look to like, if looking liking move.” – Julie Lee
For my online intervention, I chatted with strangers on Omegle and chanted the lines of Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. Typically, the stranger and I introduced ourselves before I starting chanting Juliet’s lines. Until the very end, I would keep going until the stranger disconnected. I got very interesting results, ranging from hilarious to awkward to pitiful and it was fun to have a back and forth interaction with strangers who sometimes understood the reference and sometimes did not. I also found this project a way to bring in my love of literature onto the fast, impatient internet.
I saved these chat logs and compiled them into a book. I ordered these chats by chronological order, starting from Juliet’s first lines to her last.
I always had a love-hate relationship with Romeo and Juliet, especially with the character Juliet. It is very much an overrated literary work that does have its fair controversy and criticism, but it is still beloved by many folks who could appreciate its merits. I wanted to see how her words would hold up in a space like Omegle, where people go to seek intimacy and quick gratification. It was also fun to see how such dialogue would contrast with the blunt and brash language found in the chatrooms, specifically how these people would react to interacting with the words of a naïve, enamored girl who is molded into a romantic icon.
Honestly, I would like to do more with the project where I could do this but with different female characters from literary history (Ophelia from Hamlet, Lady Macbeth from Macbeth).
Overall, I found this an entertaining project that I would be happy to continue with different variables.