aafad 225/365 under new management … flickr photo by lamont_cranston shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license We’re into state test prep season (our ELA test is a few weeks away) and our state of Massachusetts is in the midst of some pretty significant changes to what we call MCAS. The state claims to have moved away from PARCC, but that’s not really the case with its MCAS 2.o or MCAS Next Generation. Everything MCAS is moving to computer-based testing […]
This week we had the lovely opportunity to chat with Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel about fanfiction for our Studio Visit! Here’s a link to the SoundCloud version of the webinar, and if you’re interested, I tried to highlight some of the important parts of our wonderful discussion in the comments section below! To start with, I was particularly excited about this session because I’ve been interested in fanfiction since I was in 5th grade… so about over 10 yrs […]
Time for the weekly roundup!NetprovConfession time: When it comes to netprov, I ride to strugglebus straight to the end of the line, and then into the nearest body of water where I sink with the failboat. Much as I love Whose Line Is It Anyway, I'm not an improv kind of girl. Whenever I see actors doing improv well, I admire them because I just don't think quickly enough. I'm much more the sort to think of a great comeback […]
Those who grew up with the internet, an infinite virtual store of every kind of music and podcast, may not appreciate the joy of waiting until nightfall to twist the dial of a transistor radio to catch a radio show from a station a thousand miles away.
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Noise. Have you ever turned everything off and just sat in pure silence for awhile? This past week, in class and on my own, I took the time to just sit in almost absolute silence. Even then, there are noises that take up the space I live in. A distant hum of some electronic device, or a dog barking in the distance...he whir of the lawnmower next door. Sound is everywhere. This past week it's as if sound had annoyed […]
Any Layers of Fear fans here? No? Great, same here. That game is spooksville, man, and I’ve only watched Jacksepticeye play it like… once. Or maybe it was Markiplier? I don’t remember. Golly, look at that. Links already. Startin’ off strong. Now if I could keep that rolling by figuring out how exactly to progress from here, that’d be great. Stream of consciousness, don’t fail me now. [[Spoiler: it fails me.]] Oh! Before I forget! The four icon story from last blog […]
Both the fanfiction studio visit with Flourish and Elizabeth and the in-class conversation that followed were highly engaging. I went into watching the video with what I thought to be a “pretty good” understanding of the basic concept of fanfiction, as a whole. I left the video realizing that there was a lot I didn’t know and, as a result, many more questions emerged. (The more you learn, the less you know, right?) First, I had no idea this was […]
The third “studio visit” by the folks at the Networked Narratives earlier this week was with two interesting women with extensive experience and understanding about the worlds of Fan Fiction. If you know nothing about FanFic, then this studio visit is worth your time. There are entire communities — very large ones, in fact — where fans of novels (and television shows, and movies, and …) write entire offshoot stories with secondary characters, or mixing characters from one novel with characters […]
After I put Mom on the train to send her back to her home in Beaverton, OR, I felt dazed, jet-lagged. I felt like I had traveled to a far country for a week and was having to stage my re-entry, so I wouldn’t fall into a narcosis of the deep.That far country was a week at the Oregon Coast with my Mickey/Mom celebrating her 91st birthday with high surf and a terrific coastal storm. Mickey is fine–she’s alert, curious, and […]
Since we talked about netprov this week, and we’ll be talking about fan fiction next week, I figured this would be the perfect time to share a passion of mine, which kind of exists in the juncture between those two genres: original species. Original species communities tend to crop up in online visual art communities, most notably DeviantArt, but the generative literature they engender spans a variety of mediums. Just to clarify, when I use the term “generative” here, I […]
I still remember the student who came back from a weekend trip to Boston, all hyped up about the cosplay convention, and how excited they were during our morning meeting that they had found others who were into what they were into. Their classmates looked on as they explained the concept of dressing up like comic characters and interacting with others as if they were crazy. The student showed us pictures, and we all were intrigued. The classmates, though, didn’t […]
I’m… just gonna apologize right out the door. Though, confusedly, a bit. I hadn’t realized that the blog posts for our class are due Sunday night, not Monday night. I’ll get my act together in the upcoming weeks. Hopefully. Maybe. No, not maybe. I’ll do it. Okay, so. Gonna hit a few things tonight. And by a few I mean I’m planning on hitting two, and we’ll see where it goes from there. Three. After writing the first part, I’m realizing I […]
My blog posts: http://netnarr.arganee.world/author/justin-g/ https://netnarrsuperstar.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/avant-garde-a-clue/ My DDAs: http://daily.arganee.world/hashtags/justinsightfuls/ My Arangee Journal submission: http://journal.arganee.world/2018/189/ My Twitter NetNarr activity: https://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=1vEfH0ZKcQ2dZx8f31Pt18tnUCHi5nHKSSPndNHC2YUc&gid=400689247&name=Justinsightfuls Make Bank Leaderboard: 7th place! My Twitter Evolution: As I compiled just about all the work and data I have to show for this class, one word comes to mind to describe it all; dynamic. From the very first class (which I registered for just hours before), I always felt like this was one of the classes that Kean advertised as being […]
I am so glad that January is over.100% me.Some things that happened in January were cool though, like last week's Twitter chat! I'm so encouraged by the widespread class participation, and by the input of the open network participants. It's always so great to be reminded that our class is bigger than the four walls at Kean.Something that I especially appreciate about digital art is that it opens up new possibilities. For example, photo editing is so accessible. I don't […]
This is the general structure and shape of the open Networked Narratives course that ran from January-May 2017.