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Alan Levine aka CogDog

Kean University, The Network

The Evolving #netnarr Twitter Shape

As that guy Neo profoundly said… woa. Today was our Networked Narratives twitter chat on What is Alchemy?. I admit I’ve never even been fully on in a twitter chat, sometimes it looks like a lot of Hey the sky is really blue #obviouschat. That’s likely an unfair characterization. We had our 19 or so Kean University students in the classroom with Mia Zamora. We had done a first activity of doing a Daily Alchemy right there in the moment […]

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Kean University, The Network

The #netnarr Labyrinthus, Intercepted Videos, and oh yes, Students

It’s open and out of the gate. That is, the open, connected Networked Narratives course I am co-teaching with Mia Zamora. My paranoid self thinks all the colleagues I have talked to about this, and badgered into a slack Slack, are secretly shaking their heads at me. But with some early openings of a Daily Digital Alchemy, and rabid participating by folks like Kevin Hodgson, Terry Elliot, Laura Gibbs, Sandy Jensen Brown, we have a flow in the twitter waters […]

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Kean University, The Network

Who Wants to Walk Through the Strange #NetNarr Doorway?

We must be off our medicine. Or on some new one. Or breathing strange vapors. Mia Zamora and I are ploughing ahead with an open connected course we call Networked Narratives with a door that opens January 16. We do have a full class of undergraduate and graduate students at Kean University who are even more strange, because they are taking this course for credit (there it is identified as “digital storytelling”). We’ve been talking to people about it since […]

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Hacking a WordPress Theme from HTML5up Template with some API goodies

This is a hastily written description of a little mystery site I put together at http://arganee.world. The sliding images in the background are done by an HTML5up template called Eventually, but the dynamic text in the middle is done via some calls to the WordPress API via jQuery. The whole thing started when building out a WordPress multisite where the main site I was working on at the time was one of the subsites- This is for the NetWorked Narratives […]

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When You Stay in Neutral You Never Go Anywhere

You get inside your car, turn the ignition switch, hopefully put on the safety belt, maybe turn on the radio or some kind of music player. The engine warms up. When you want to do, which gear to you put it in? A tad obvious, right? Within a few pages of Chapter 3 (“Ideas”) We Make the Road By Walking, I am highlighting the sections I bet almost everyone reading now is doing (the person who owned the book before […]

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Networked Narratives Open Course? Nurse Ratched Sez “CogDog, Time for Your Medicine”

Did you ever have an idea you were so excited about that you feel like your head my burst? When you try to share it with your friends, colleagues, it comes out sounding like a random burst of mashed up radio transmissions? Maybe you are a resident of the Cuckoos Nest. In a break from form, I am skipping my long winding, meandering openings and get to the ask. In Spring 2017 Mia Zamora and I are running an open […]

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All I Got is a Stupid Grating Bot

I never wanted to live in the plot of a dystopian present, but as those stones sang (a song swiped by the Orange Chupacabra), I’m not getting what I want. For weeks Jon Becker pined for the day Is it November 8 yet? — Jon Becker (@jonbecker) September 12, 2016 The day looked, sounded like the previous, but we’ve learned finally to question all the data. The world looks and sounds the same as yesterday. But it's not. pic.twitter.com/iccIpgzUBf — […]

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Spiraling Down Minuscule DS106 History Details

I have increasing respect for historians who try to decipher events from hundreds of years ago. They have shreds to work with. What I am writing about is from only five years ago. I was part of it. I have my story of what happened. But still, it’s not always so clear. Nor might it really matter. I have a lot of interest in how ideas happen, where they come from, how the evolve. I find that insanely interesting. But […]

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“Are you still wearing that 4 year old #DS106 t-shirt?” (what part of #4life do you not understand?)

As I am writing this I am also listening to an episode of the DS106 Good Spell, a radio show only available on DS106 Radio hosted by John Johnston and Mariana Funes. The series has been running for 3 years, where they discuss 106 “bullet points” about DS106 based on a post Mariana published December 14, 2013. This followed their experience in the “headless ds106” that was a version of the open digital storytelling course, where… there was no teacher, […]

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Kean University, The Network

A Bot That… I can love for recursively tweeting

This post provides no insight to new technology, forces that might “fix” education, nor anything that addresses injustice in the world. Instead, I celebrate the pure, unanticipated reach of what remains for now an open internet, one that each time you think you’ve seen an edge, infinity yawns open. It’s about twitter, and those is told in tweets. It begins with a silly sign I saw on my morning walk, that made for a fine, though 2 day late, contribution […]

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Always On, Never Ending– the Open ds106 Experience

Of Course We’re Open, from a shop in Toronto The Headless ds106 experiment we set up August-December 2013 had many successful points. Most was in the new influx of active participants, but the ending group project (not planned) was in terms of rich collaboration one of my peak ds106 experiences. But it was an experience that was still bound by time. It started and ended. And in discussion with Rochelle Lockridge about her wildly successful efforts in running a parallel […]

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ds106 vs Zombies

Since this week in headless ds106 is an exploration of what digital storytelling means, and what happens when it is digital– it might by interesting to participate in the third iteration of a story that plays out in realtime on the web. mainly through twitter– Twitter vs Zombies, happening September 13-15: Welcome to the third round of Twitter Vs. Zombies. Part flash-mob. Part Hunger-Games. Part Twitter-pocalypse. Part digital feeding frenzy. Part micro-MOOC. Part giant game of Twitter tag. This iteration […]

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Zombies for Peace (or narrative)

The human/zombie story of conflict rarely changes… what if the story subverts itself? what if Zombies came forward with a reasonable plan for peace? Zombies assemble not to eat brains, but to offer a plan for peace. I heard via the Twitters last week of this Twitter versus Zombies event playing out right now. It sounded quirky, I signed up, and forgot about it. I was having dinner at my sister’s house Friday night, I am passing through town, and […]

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The ds106 Narrative Fence

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by cj berry Every other sentence in this post is going to be a disclaimer that I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith. Can I repeat– I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn out by Michael B Smith. Once more– I am NOT criticizing the newest efforts of the ds106 course being drawn […]

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