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Prompt #12
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kayleythomas wrote in uf_enc1101
If Tyler Durden made use of the internet for Fight Club and Project Mayhem, how would he do it? How would he inform and recruit people? How would he give out assignments? How we keep updated with what his group members are up to? Would he be more or less successful and yield similar or different results? How would the story change if conducted this way? Think not so much in terms of Tyler and the narrator as character but Fight Club and Project Mayhem as social groups and movements.
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Tyler and the internet

Tyler Durden could use facebook, myspace, or even a blog. For example say he used a facebook. He could use it to inform and give out assignments he could do a couple of things: put it in everyones inbox, write on their page, or just write it on his own page. To recruit people you could look at their pages and that is a way to see what the members are up to. He could be more successful and have different results because everything would be done faster if he used facebook. I don't believe the story would change all that much. Just that their would be less people interaction within Fight Club and Project Mayhem.

If Tyler made use of the internet for Fight Club and Project Mayhem he would use Youtube. He would inform and recruit people by filming a fight session with his current members, and then posting the video on youtube. Once more and more people start watching this video, the video will appear on the home page of youtube under "Most Watched Videos." This will get other people interested in Fight Club. In order to give out assignments Tyler would film himself talking about the assignment and then he would post it on youtube. He would update his viewers by posting a new video every week. I think Tyler would be more a lot more successful because millions of people have access to the internet, and therefore can see what what Fight Club is all about, and join in. The story would change if conducted this way because the whole world would probably be involved in Project Mayhem, and everything would turn chaotic.

If Tyler Durden made use of the internet I believe he would use a website like facebook to organize a group for Fight Club and Project Mayhem. If he made a group he would be able to inform people easily about what events were going to take place and he could give out assignments by emailing the people individually. I believe he might be more successful due to the fact that all his commands would be right in front of the person that had to take the commands. Therefore the person would not forget what they had to do. The negative side of facebook would be that someone could potentially hack into the group and cause trouble. I believe that the men in the group would not be as close as they were in the movie and they may not have been brain washed as easily as they were.

www.fightclub.com/projectmayhem (made up website)

If Tyler Durden were to use the internet he could make a homepage. for example, www.projectmayhem.com. On the website he could have a contact us information, where people who were intrested could simply apply and send in photos or information they needed to know to screeen people who wanted to get in the club. Also on the website they could have all the information, on a calendar feature they could have all the events going to happen and when, and on the event listing it could even tell the members who was in the opt. Assignments could be sent to accounts on the website, like a email through their homepage, and checked on the calendars.
This approach can be successful in the sense that he could reach people in India, and Iran. So he could get much more followers, but the followers would not be so intouch with Tyler, so he would lose the ability to lure people during conversation, so it might be a larger group but scattered and unorganized. The whole story would be different if he ran everything from the internet. The place where most of the scenes would take place would be Tyler at his computer, messaging people and updating the website(what a thrill to watch haha)

If Tyler Durden had the internet as a tool to promote his theoretical views he would basically be another Hitler. Why I say this is because the internet is a tool that reaches the world globally. And from the movie itself it exemplifies how he was able to spread this organization as one man is varies cities and states. Who’s to say that with the internet Tyler couldn’t spread his message out to people in other countries? Because of his dominance as a man and the way he speaks to people in persuading them to follow his words plus the internet would have evolved 45% of the world’s men in Project Mayhem.

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