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Kean University 2019, The Network

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Self-assessment: It’s the end of Network Narratives class. It was possibly one of the most interesting classes that I had a chance to participate in. Originally pitched as a follow-up to Electronic Literature class —which was also quite interesting in its own right, I can safely say that Network Narrative exceeded my expectations. The beginning of the class was focused solely on “the darkness” in social media. Frankly, I had some concerns during the first couple of weeks or so […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Wherever the Wind Takes Us

Unfortunately, this is only going to be a tiny sneak peek for the final project. The current plan is exploring the distinction between digital-dualism and augmented reality. As I’ve most likely mentioned before, the concept of augmented reality is introduced as “just a legend” in this is ongoing story that I’m working on for the project. Below is the conversation in which this “legend” is brought up (you can simply follow the replies). The sun shines vivid, the wind blows […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Wherever the Wind Takes Us

Unfortunately, this is only going to be a tiny sneak peek for the final project. The current plan is exploring the distinction between digital-dualism and augmented reality. As I’ve most likely mentioned before, the concept of augmented reality is introduced as “just a legend” in this is ongoing story that I’m working on for the project. Below is the conversation in which this “legend” is brought up (you can simply follow the replies). The sun shines vivid, the wind blows […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

A Reflection in “the Eye of the Tiger”

Well, here we are. This is going to be my final main (Weeklies) blog post for the class. I’ll probably be posting one last Field Guide after this, as a wrap up for the final project, but for the time being… would it be appropriate to act (overly) dramatic? I think I’m getting choked up right now. Ok, maybe not —but you can’t see it, so why not pretend for bonus points? I suppose that this particular post would be […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The Friends that We Make on the Way

Is that “a GIF” or “a Meme” in “the digital sea”? Huh… So, it’s not that bad after all. As I continue to work on my final project, my overall view on certain things begin to shift. If anyone were to go back and simply examine my first four or five blog posts, they could clearly see that I held a negative outlook on the internet as a whole. Is it truly a place where “the darkness” prevails as we’re […]

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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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Kean University 2019, The Network

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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Kean University 2019, The Network

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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Kean University 2019, The Network

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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Kean University 2019, The Network

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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