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Thou shall reblog thee: Shakespeare in Tumblr

by Shara Mariel B. Escorpizo, BA English Studies: Language

University of the Philippines – Diliman

Disclaimer: All media used in this post are not mine unless otherwise stated.

 

Growing up to the company of my dolls, being alone has been a habit. I play alone, I watch alone, I do things alone. And in 2009, as a high school Freshman familiarizing myself with the internet, I have been introduced to Tumblr, a micro-blogging site. Since then, I have been more alone than ever.

I first encountered Shakespeare on Tumblr. One regular day of reblogging everything I find aesthetically pleasing, I came across a collection of romantic quotes from Shakespeare’s plays in beautiful typography. Of course, being a young, unattractive teenager, I do not really know how it feels to be wooed by anyone, so romantic quotes was the closest I could get to romance.

 

http://nycejonez.tumblr.com/post/134151290062/love-me-or-hate-me-i-still-win-something-to-think

Typography using a Shakespeare quote

http://dekehlmark.tumblr.com/post/134237592723/john-austen-1886-1948-illustrations-pour

John Austen’s Illustration of Hamlet

http://cy-lindric.tumblr.com/post/134132422378/something-wicked

Graphic art of Macbeth from cy-lindric.tumblr.com

But of course, other than these love quotes and stuff to help you call yourself “cultured”, I have learned a lot about the world through Shakespeare in Tumblr.

http://iamwerewolfroyalty.tumblr.com/post/133892950721/people-who-think-mercutio-is-straight

People speculating about Mercutio’s sexuality

 

http://blue-delusion.tumblr.com/post/134191659880/so-maybe-im-the-rosaline-and-at-least-i-dont

This woman thanking the Lord she’s not Juliet

http://nerdy–astrology.tumblr.com/post/134234502607/the-signs-as-shakespeare-plays

The signs as Shakespeare plays

http://methodmadness.tumblr.com/post/133966899862/the-only-thing-i-want-to-be-compared-to

This woman and her standards

http://captainsassyginger.tumblr.com/post/133896595537/was-shakespeare-a-grump

This person asking the important Shakespeare questions

http://empressofperdition.tumblr.com/post/133877913228/shakespearian-aesthetic

Shakespeare aesthetic

http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/post/132623847584/hotline-bling

This blog that knows what’s up with pop music

 

The escalation of the Shakespeare things I saw went from artsy and innocent to half-SFW, half-NSFW. #startedfromthebottomnowwehere

All of these are just a hint of the random things you see in Tumblr. With how Global Shakespeare is, it is impossible not to have Shakespeare in a social media platform like this one.

 

Works Cited:

“@people Who Think Mercutio Is Straight.” Damn Those Vampires,. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“The Signs as Shakespeare Plays.” Celestial. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“The Only Thing I Want to Be Compared to.” What Am I Doing? Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Was Shakespeare a Grump???” Insert Something Clever Here _______ –. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Bestof-society6.” BEST OF SOCIETY6. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Blue-delusion.” So Maybe I’m the Rosaline and at Least I Don’t… Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Cy-lindric.” The Cylinder’s Den. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Dekehlmark.” Le Prince Lointain. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Empressofperdition.” Internally Screaming. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Nycejonez.” Love Me or Hate Me I Still Win. Something to Think… Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

“Popsonnet.” Pop Sonnets. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

 

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