There’s this weird phenomenon on Twitter of HULK accounts, where some secret individual or cabal creates an online persona to criticize the status quo in some area of human experience, but in the lively patois of the old school Marvel Comics character, The Incredible Hulk.

Feminist Hulk, Adjunct Hulk, Editor Hulk and many others.

Now we can add OPEN ACCESS HULK to the party!

I was a huge fan of the Hulk comic series from the 1970s all the way through to the 1990s so I’m thrilled to see this development.

Who makes up the secret cabal of tweeters? Librarians? Scientists? No one really knows. But he/she/it/they are definitely worth following.

Here’s a sampling of some recent tweets:

OA Hulk put on eye patch and smash barriers to knowledge AAARRRRR!! smash toll access! that feels good. <link>

OA HULK SMASH PEOPLE WHO THINK OTHER PEOPLE DON’T NEED ACCESS JUST BECAUSE NO PHD. PUNY MORTARBOARD IS LOUSY SHIELD AGAINST OA HULK. <link>

OA HULK SMASH NICE LIBRARIAN NICENESS oh sorry, did that hurt? will these journal cuts be a problem? We’ll find a way somehow…SMASH, SMASH <link>

OA HULK KNOW LIBRARIANS NOT “UNLIKELY CAMPUS REVOLUTIONARIES”. REVOLUTION COMING, HULK LIBRARIANS WANTED. http://t.co/VF1gz6w2 <link>

Join the revolution! SMASH! SMASH! SMASH!

Comments

  1. #1 bob
    September 23, 2011

    YAY!

    This is good, I love open access. No PHD, in fact I not finished college, but I often need access to peer reviewed documents. I have sort of made a deal with the devil and sometimes use DeepDyve (you can screengrab to save the paper, I should write a script to do the work to grab and convert to pdf automatically).

    The most annoying thing is that even stuff that is 15 years old or more is still behind paywalls. There’s just no excuse for that.

  2. #2 Graham Steel
    October 13, 2011

    Became aware of @OAHulk a few weeks ago. A mutual follow now on Twitter.

    Had a DM exchange with “he/she/it/they” last night.

    I’m hoping to see some tweets from #OAHulk during #OAWeek :)

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