Fast Five: Multimedia Marilyn
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Five ways that 21st-century technology and interactive media are used to keep alive the memory of Marilyn Monroe:
Twitter: There are several Twitter accounts devoted to Marilyn Monroe, but @MarilynMonroe -- "Tweeting on behalf of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe (MarilynMonroe.com) -- is the most active. Last week, most tweets were about giveaways of the book "Marilyn in Fashion." Tweeted gems include a link to pixel art by Craig Alan (yfrog.com/ocq3abp). The account is maintained by Authentic Brands Group, which owns the rights to all things Marilyn Monroe.
Facebook: The Marilyn Remembered Fan Club has an active site with the stated mission, "Preserving the memory of Marilyn Monroe with dignity and grace since 1982," while facebook.com/MarilynMonroe has more than 3 million likes. The community page "Marilyn Monroe ?" features a profile image of the blond bombshell at the center of a Hollywood "Last Supper."
Online community: ThisIsMarilyn.com, designed to connect fans worldwide, allows members to create blogs and comment on others. It is free, but registration is required.
Video game: "Hard Evidence: The Marilyn Monroe Files" by Perfect Home (Windows XP Home Edition; $30.99). Gamers become investigators -- reporter, D.A., county coroner and police chief -- to examine evidence, including witness testimony and "classified documents" involving the Kennedys and mobsters, and come to their own conclusions about the star's death.
Web of images: Among the YouTube channels devoted to the star is "The Marilyn Monroe Official Channel" by Peter Sneyder (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMarilyn1969monroe). The channel features slide shows of rare photographs set to music, such as a 1956 press conference with Laurence Olivier and Andre DeDienes' "The Army Blanket Photos Sitting 1947." His and other rarely seen photos also can be viewed at immortalmarilyn.com.
First Published August 5, 2012 12:00 am