A Villain’s Guide to Social Media and Interactive Digital Storytelling

  • Mark BernsteinEmail author
  • Clare Hooper
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11318)


If we have not yet achieved planetary super-villainy on the desktop, it may be feasible to fit it into a suburban office suite. The familiar perils of fiction and deceit can now be augmented by mass customization, allowing powerful malefactors to shape perceived reality to suit their preferences. Social media permit the modern villain to deploy traditional cruelties to great and surprising effect. Interactive digital storytelling lets us exploit weakness and illness for profit and help us normalize wickedness. Because the impact of villainous techniques is radically asymmetric, our fetid plots are difficult and costly to foil.


Hypertext New media Literature Fiction Implementation History of computing Politics Villainy 



This is a satire. Don’t try this at home. The works cited here are not villainous. We thank David E. Millard, Charlie Hargood, Dr. Fionnbar Lenihan and Robert A. Sullivan for helpful conversations on related topics. Of course, none of them are in any way responsible for this villainous paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastgate Systems, Inc.WatertownUSA
  2. 2.VancouverCanada

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