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Scripts have a variety of applications with regard to narrative/image:
- Process the pixels of a video 
- Assistant editor: Generate one or more edits,
- Respond to (live) input (data, user interaction)
- Assemble various forms of data to create new narratives
Examples of data-driven drama
From text to video...
- I love alaska, "The heartbreaking search history of AOL user #711391"
- Videogrep Subtitles + Search = Automatic Edit
- Epicpedia, by PZI alum Annemieke van der Hoek
A wikipedia article:
and its history:
Wikipedia has an API
Every Mediawiki (by default) supports the API:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php ? titles=Epic_theatre action=query rvlimit=10 prop=revisions format=json rvprop=user|timestamp|content|comment
Browser extensions that specifically handle JSON are handy!
Anatomy of a tweet
Bad Authentication data
Welcome to the new API
https://dev.twitter.com/docs/faq#10659 October 2012
Rules of the Road
https://dev.twitter.com/apps/new October 2012
Alternatives to APIs
Without using code, find a feed/data API of interest and make a mockup/prototype using (solely) the data it contains. The emphasis here is to focus on revealing something interesting in the data that is not necessarily evident in a public / "normal" view of that same data. On the basis of your mockup, you will then make a plan for realizing the sketch in code in the coming week.