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Kean University 2019, The Network

The Usual Suspects…

Hey~ Sorry I couldn’t join everyone in class this week. Unfortunately, I’ve been very sick lately and apparently it’s getting worse before it gets better. I would not have been my usual pleasant presence had I been in class in-person this week. Anyway, I am sorry I missed getting to discuss different ideas for the field guide with everyone. I’m sure that would’ve been fun and constructive ^.^ As far as that subject goes, btw, I am thinking of focusing on […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The Gif That Keeps on Giffing…

Hey~ Welcome back to my humble little dark corner of the web ^.^ Hope everyone had a nice enough week~ My week was the usual: Anyway, that brings us nicely to the topic at hand:  GIFs~ soft g don’t @ me i’ll fight you This week, we got to continue our exploration of new forms of digital content creation by discussing the gif. Now, if you’re like most Internet users these days, you are fairly familiar with the gif. Personally, I interact […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Getting the Gif of Things~

Hello~ While scouring the Internet for cool gifs, I came across an interesting discussion about gifs, remix, and contemporary Internet culture. How GIFs Became Embedded in Our Culture The discussion is occurs during an episode of a podcast and occurs between Anil Dash (Function podcast commentator), Kenyatta Cheese (CEO of Everybody At Once & co-founder of Know Your Meme), and T. Kyle McMahon (lead digital and social producer from Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen) This podcast episode covers a wide variety […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Lost in Translation???

Hey~ DDA 304 asked us to play around with the powers (or lack thereof) of translation. We were asked to select a few paragraphs from one of our sources exploring the darkness of the web and translate it (using Google Translate) from English into a few different languages before, eventually, translating it back into English to see if it still makes sense. Essentially, this activity is an exploration of nonsense and the limits of language (my fave topics ^.^). Anyway, I chose to […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Net Art & Self-Representation~

Hey ^.^ welcome back to my dark little corner of the web~ So, this week we explored the wonderful and burgeoning world of net art. Know Your Meme This is “born-digital” art that is created for and designed to be experienced online in a digital environment. That digital component is what delineates this kind of art from trad art. In many ways, this kind of art is liberated from the exhibition context of the museum in that the Internet becomes […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Exploring Net Art~

Hello~ This week, we’ve begun to explore the emerging and fascinating world of Net Art. In order to help familiarize us with more of the purview of this field, we were asked to explore the works of different artists and collectives. (Heck yeah!) I chose to explore the net art works of three very different people(?). Each work drew me to it for varied reasons. Mostly, I’m interested in how online spaces intersect with practices of identity construction so I […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

But What Does it All Really Meme????

Well, well, well… If I’m not back at it again discussing memes. Have I ever left the conversation??? My Make Making Meme-ing Okay I’ll stop So, you may have guessed it already, but this week’s class topic was memes. We spent most of class discussing what memes are, what memes can be, what memes we interact with (if we do interact with them at all), and how memes can be used online. I spent most of class trying not to open my big mouth on the subject […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The Lifespan of Memes~

This too shall pass~ Or will it???? Hey~ So, in the course of working on my thesis, I’ve read a lot of articles and research studies about memes. Some articles focus on the spread and replication of memes through a system while others focus on the sociocultural impact of the meme and its semantic and communicative applications. Very boring stuff. Not the topic–the writing on the topic. It’s almost like mimetic researchers have something to prove… Anyway, rather than bore you with some of those […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Five Meme Story? Say No More~

Really, say no more. Never do this to us again. Creating A Narrative Across Memes It sounds like a fun and inventive idea but bruh, this was not easy. Memes are these concise, little story units unto themselves and combining them is not a simple task. Even trying to get meme templates to “jive” with each other is challenging. Also, I find it difficult to superimpose another meaning atop a meme with a strong context of it own, especially if that meaning […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The One-Sided Looking Glass…

Hey~ This week was an interesting one for me. In class, we began delving into the selfie and into concepts around self-representation in the digital age. My fave topic~ Waxing Poetic on the Selfie (Take 50 Bajillion) For those who may be unaware, my thesis project revolves around self-representation in the digital age. Specifically, I’m investigating this subject through a Neo-Dada lens, analyzing emergent forms of digital content creation as new forms of not only self-expression but also as representative […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Exploring the History of the Selfie~

So, I know this post wasn’t formatted exactly as suggested but I was in “the zone” and didn’t even think of writing this post as suggested. Sorry >.< Just know I contain plenty multitudes~ When it comes to discussing emergent forms of digital content creation, I think there are few more disputed or more controversial forms than that of the selfie. It has been vilified across the board, reaffirmed, vilified again, then reaffirmed….and so on. It appears we as a people can’t […]

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I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Until recently, I considered myself a selfie-queen. I would post pictures of myself daily on my social media feeds. The pictures made me feel confident and made me see myself as pretty. Despite the confidence I’m sometimes told I project, I’m actually quite self-conscious about my appearance. Growing up my skin was too pale and my nose too big and my freckles too blotchy and my teeth too […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Following the Crumbs Can Be Crummy…

This post is late because of a certain snarky blog poster’s birthday this weekend #24on24 Anyway…. Hey~ This week, we explored the nature of truth in online spaces. Often, online, false news or misinformation spreads more rapidly and much further than facts or more honest news or truthful reporting of information. With this being the case, how is one to navigate online spaces and make decisions about the truth or “fakeness” of a source? Can there be any fake or real […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

There Is No “NO” Button…

This post may be late because it’s a certain snarky blog poster’s birthday on Sunday, the 24th…. Hello~ Welcome back to the hellscape ^.^ This week, we’re exploring the circumstances that led to a post-truth Internet and the creation of a platform that is responsible now, more than ever, for spreading more “fake” content than real. Strap in! There Are Only “Okay” Buttons In this day and age, I think it’s a given for most of us to believe that […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Privacy Is A Privilege?

“We are paying for everything right now. The currency we’re trading is data.” ~ Anne-Marie Scott So, this week the polar vortex finally descended upon us and swallowed us whole in a show of might that only emphasized how insignificant we are– Actually, class just got snowed out cause global warming is a thing and it’s screwing with the weather. What are you gonna do??? Pass Ocasi0-Cortez’s Green Deal??? Anyway, despite this week’s unfortunate weather, some of us were still able […]

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