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Open Participants 2018, The Network

#NetNarr Post-Hangout: Sending Gifs

via GIPHY I could not attend the online Google hangout the other day for Networked Narratives, which featured guests Amy Burvall and Michael Branson Smith on the art of the animated gif, and the possibility for expression with the social media photo formatting. My friend, Wendy, suggested on Twitter that we make gifs from the hangout video, and well, that sounded like a fine idea. I did all of this within Giphy itself, which has stickers (which I keep forgetting […]

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#NetNarr: Patent Entertainment With Animated GIFS

Original Patent: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/16972882 The folks over at Today’s Document surprise me now and then when they slip an animated gif into their RSS feed, usually in the form of an item about one of the patents in the Library of Congress. (They also will regularly convert video archive moments into animated gifs, but I find these illustration remixes to be the best to enjoy). Original Patent: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6277655 I’m always fascinated by the old drawings in the patent applications, so the […]

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#NetNarr: Getting a Bit Crazy, Making GIFS

Over at Networked Narratives, the theme is now shifted into GIFs, and all the wacky things you can do with them. Alan’s assignment calls for a GIF storm of sorts in the #NetNarr hashtag, including GIFs that connect with the Digital Life underpinning and finding narrative points in the clip from the Western movie The Big Country to pull out as animated moments. So … First, I went in to the clip and found the dramatic scene where the rider […]

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#NetNarr Discovery: Lost In Hyperland (A Fantasy Documentary)

Hypermedia flickr photo by Dominik W. Neuffer shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Thanks to some sharing of an article by Wendy in Networked Narratives a few weeks ago, I stumbled on this 1990 film about where hypertext might be going, with novelist Douglas Adams. The Internet Archive site explains a bit more about Hyperland: In this one-hour documentary produced by the BBC in 1990, Douglas falls asleep in front of a television and dreams about future time when […]

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In Celebration of Reading and Writing: Mobile Storytelling

In a time when so many of us bemoan a seemingly apparent decline in writing and reading in young people, this video reminds us that maybe we are looking and observing in all the wrong places. Check it out. Candice Faktor shows us where and how young people are engaged in stories and fiction. This is part of a cool video series I found that dovetails nicely with my thinking of how to use technology to transform writing and literacies. […]

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Inside the #NetNarr Alchemy Lab: An Open Invitation to Collaborate

A group of us who are in the Wide and Wild Open Community of Networked Narratives decided we want to put into practice the elements of those networks and narratives with a collaborative transmedia project. Transmedia concepts involve various forms of digital media, and digital platforms, connected together into one larger story thread. We’re calling this project “MediaJumpers”, and our tagline is “Every Object Tells a Story.” We’re using the concept of the magical “Alchemy Lab” as the setting for […]

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Video Annotation: Emilio Vavarella and the Art of the Digital

A Networked Narratives hangout last week with digital artist Emilio Vavarella provided some keen insights into how an artist might use digital tools and technology to make statements on the connected world. I popped the video of the interview into Vialogues so I could watch at my leisure and add comments/ questions/ observations as I went along. Emilio has done some pretty interesting art endeavors and museum installations, including: The Captcha Project, which critiqued the concept of human labor in […]

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The Fragmented Me (Exploring Selfies in an UnSelfie World)

We’re exploring the art and act of Selfies in Networked Narratives, as Mia Zamora and Hannah Kelley are researching the impact of selfies and plan to curate a public art exhibit under the banner of #SelfieUnselfie in Norway. Both are on Fulbright Scholarships right now and focused on digital literacies (I think). Take a look/listen to their project and their invitation: True story: an hour after watching that video by Mia and Hannah and thinking about the idea of the […]

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Slice of Life: A Meme Walks Into the Classroom

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.) Most mornings, we have a Circle of Power and Respect in our sixth grade classroom. It’s a version of Morning Meeting, aimed more for older students. At this point in the year, I have my students lead all aspects of our morning. One […]

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#NetNarr Flash Echo: Watching the Unfolding of Digital Art

The folks in Networked Narratives have held two “flash” events on Twitter, examining a piece of Digital Art and tweeting to a series of questions. Both of the Flash events happened when I was either working or sleeping (which is fine, since part of the NetNarr community is overseas). I decided to keep exploring, anyway. So, this is a bit late. Consider it an echo. The first piece of Digital Art examined is called Sky Magic Live at Mt. Fuji: […]

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Visual Thinkery: Elements of Digital Writing and Networked Stamps

I saw Alan Levine sharing out an element he made the other week in a tool created by Bryan Matthers, at his Visual Thinkery site, and I decided it might be fun to give it a try. Bryan’s tool is pretty simple to use, and yet, the visual design is appealing. I made four elements, all connected to the concept of digital writing. Give it a try. Bryan has licensed his images and tools via @bryanMMathers is licensed under CC-BY-ND And he encourages folks to […]

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#NetNarr: Sketchnoting Dark Mirror’s Nosedive

This week in Networked Narratives, one of the assignments is to watch the “Nosedive” episode of Black Mirror on Netflix, which tackles through its dystopian vision how the world is revolving more and more on the “like economy.” The Black Mirror Wiki (yes, of course, there is a thing) explains: Lacie Pound lives in a world where anyone can rate your popularity out of five stars, from your friends to strangers you meet on the street. As with other Black […]

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#NetNarr Comic Strip Story: The Return to Arganee

  For the start of Networked Narratives, I decided to send one of my comic strip characters on an adventure through the fictional world of Arganee. So Horse with No Name (I left The Internet Kid at home) set forth and met some strange creatures — bots and dogs and alchemists —  and went on a Quest. I had fun making the comics, which I did in a just a few days in a burst of storytelling and then released […]

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#NetNarr Research: (re)New Media Art and Cultural Jamming

A research endeavor in Networked Narratives is an invitation to curate and document early examples of New Media Art from a book no longer readily available, except for its examples in the Internet Wayback Machine. Cool. Work done to document the art will eventually end up in this Tumblr site. Students from different NetNarr classes and the open web are invited to join in. Scroll down through this post, about midway, and you will find instructions. From that same NetNarr call […]

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