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Kean University 2019, The Network

Socrates’ YouTube Channel Has Hit 1000 Subscribers!

I think the title of the post revealed which article that I’ve chosen to examine. I mean, come on… the title of Sacasas’ article is simply amazing and really hard to ignore. I hope that I managed to do some service with mine. Although I had opened up an account for my Alchemist character on Hypothesis.is, I was reluctant to annotate anything because there were no other annotations available. I’m thinking that maybe we should start a private group for […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The Train Has Left the Station… It’s on the Way, Just Wait

Chugging right along! What? Well, sometimes life gets busy and you find yourself unable to spend as much time as you’d like on a specific project. Has that ever happened to you? Taking on four graduate courses all at the same time is proving difficult… at least time-wise. I like a good challenge, but I’ve never been good at time management. I’m just not a punctual person. Still, I’m confident that I’ll be successfully able to complete this project and […]

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Getting Closer to the Finale

Right off the bat, let me start by offering the link to the article because I’m sure that I’ll forget to do so before I publish this post (I often do). Here it is: http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2016/01/the-straw-man-of-digital-dualism/ It’s the link to the article that I mentioned in my previous blog post, which is titled The Straw Man of Digital Dualism and written by John Suler. I’m personally bringing it up because digital dualism is my chosen theme for our final project but […]

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The Alchemist and the Ones Submerged

Yes! We’ve finally gotten to the good stuff. Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing analysis-type pieces for the blog, I was yearning for a more creative/experimental type of activity in the class. That was one of the promises that I was missing since the class was originally pitched as a follow-up (of sorts) to the Electronic Literature. If I had known that the Field Guide project was going to fall right into that experimental type of activity, I would’ve shown a […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Making that “Paper” by GIF Commercials

Since I had a long Field Guide post last week, I’d expect this one to be a lot shorter… for a good balance. In fact, why don’t I just wrap it up right here? Thank you everybody for reading, and have a good one! Just kidding. Our main topic of the week was GIFs. I was actually looking through Reddit (of all places on the internet) to find something related, and long behold… I managed to find a linked article […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Your Fortune Reads: Don’t Touch Other People’s Stuff!

“Hello, can you hear me?” That was an “interesting” class we’ve had this week; from the topic to its execution. Unfortunately, our professor, Dr. Zamora, was absent (speed recovery!). Therefore, we’ve had an online-based sort of… lesson? Presentation? I don’t really know what to call it. It felt like an online-class that was conducted in an actual class; the best of both worlds, I guess. Our class consultant, and second-in-command instructor, Mr. Levine (too formal?), carried out the entire lesson […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Detoxing in the Name of Field Guide

This particular Field Guide post is going to be very brief (and quick on my part) since I’ll be mentioning a website that I found for another project in another class. In short, I had to conduct a digital detox project, basically staying away from the internet for 24 hours, and write about how it went. For the write-up, I searched for a source to use as a reference point, and I stumbled upon an article called 9 Positive Benefits […]

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From the Dark Room to the Pixelated Light

Say “cheese”! *snap* How is that for a start? Too predictable? Let’s make a game out of it and count how many people actually start their blog posts this way, or at least mention “cheese” at some point. The final number could be the amount of cheese samples we bring into the class on final day… maybe? I don’t know what I’m talking about, really. It seems that at times I merely fill space by talking “nonsense”. Oh, well. Speaking […]

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There Appears to Be an Obstruction on the Way to the Bank

As promised, this post is going to cover the subject of ads and the ad-block application. I’m certain that every person who roams around the internet is fully aware of what online ads are; pop-up ads, display ads, video ads… etc. Users get bombarded by these ads all the time. They cause immense slowdown, unnecessary distractions, or even secretly contain malware that could harm your computer. Some people, though, may not be too familiar with the ad-block application. What is […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

There is a “Meme” in the Air

It looks like we’ve experienced a bit of a tonal shift in our last class. Up until this point, majority of class discussions centered around the concept of “darkness” on the internet. Although the purpose of our discussions is often described as a discovery of “lightness”, I never really felt like we managed to take a big leap toward that goal. We’ve only had some small steps, wandering around the concept. I suppose that we needed to ignite a couple […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Reaching Out to One C̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶e̶r̶ Respectful User at a Time

Since we’ve discussed selfies and Instagram last week, I thought it’d be interesting to look at the concept of influencers online for our Field Guide. If you’re unaware of what that is, a simple description would be a social media user who gets paid to promote products on that platform. I’m going to be frank here and say… this is possibly one of the most absurd occupations out there. Think about it— Someone is getting paid to post stuff online. […]

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Lost Memories and Found Imagery of Self

So, the kids are doing something popular in secret from their parents in order to relieve pain, and they can’t seem to be able to stop it. Are we talking about doing drugs? Taken out of context, that’s exactly what it sounds like. I immediately thought of that analogy during our class discussion about secret instagram sites but I did not wish to bring it up because it does sound too concerning (and possibly extreme for some people). Still, when […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Here Lies: New Z. Paper – Killed by the Intern Ed, 2008

Something that I always bring up in a conversation about the advancement of technology is the death of newspaper. It’s no secret that the new generation of “kids” prefer to get their news (along with other trending topics) immediately from the internet. The daily newspaper can only offer the news of yesterday, whereas on the internet you can get the news of… 2 minutes ago. Isn’t that wild? Well, I guess nothing technology-wise really surprises anyone, anymore. When was the […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Missing: Online Etiquette – Have You Seen Me?

Despite having a short class, we seem to have touched upon a few important points that are worth repeating here. The major part for me was Dr. Zamora’s recount of dealing with anger. It made me truly realize the aspect that bothers the most of us about online world; it’s our own primitive nature reflected on computer screen like a mirror. It is no secret that people, in general, do not enjoy seeing the primitive nature of humanity, yet it […]

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The Best Lure When You’re Hunting for Clicks is…

A bait! (Is this title considered a “clickbait? I wonder…) In my other blog post, I’ve briefly talked about the concept of clickbait. It’s something of a “hot topic” these days. I figured that maybe I could find something useful to share for our Field Guide. Thus, I decided to do a search on google (talk about enthusiasm). The first source I’ve stumbled upon was this intricate and intelligent (sounding?) PDF file: https://vaibhav4595.github.io/files/Multimodal_Clickbait.pdf It was very constructive. It also short-circuited […]

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