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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Don’t kill the messenger

It’s not surprise to find that Jeremy Hunt is talking rubbish again this week. In a Guardian article we hear that he is proposing a universal social media limit for every child. Sound good? Maybe – except that there’s no evidence to suggest that this policy is necessary. Politicians – pfff. Not worth wasting typing time on. But there’s an undercurrent here (of course) about controlling the masses, and I suspect Hunt and his cronies are trying to attempt to […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Book Review: Broad Band (The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet)

History, it’s said, is told by the ones who win. Which makes me wonder with discomfort why I, an avid reader of technology, never thought about the question of “Where are all the women?” whenever I have read histories of the Internet and technology in the past. Broad Band (The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet), by Claire Evans, sets the record straight, and does so with depth and storytelling. I’m glad to have discovered it. Evans, […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

E Lit is life!

E-Lit link The title of the article was called Why E-Books and Kindles don’t innovate writing This e-lit talks about different phases of E- poetry Phase 1 December 20, 2011- September 1, 2013 E-Lit started as a daily blog and the editor was committed to reading and writing about a poem a day. Instead of the writing settling for a 100 word count they wrote about 250-300 word per poem. The person was faithfully to the daily constraint for 500 days […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

E Lit Experience

So my E-lit experience was a bit peculiar. I clicked on the four links that my Professor sent the students in our choosing. Just one link has over 20 options in choosing which reading one would like tot read. I chose a couple. My first reading is called “Golpe de Garcia.” It was in Spanish which is my first language so it related to me in that aspect. It was about a company’s boss being in the hospital on his death […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

E-Lit . . . Yeah It’s Lit !!!!

This week we took a look at E-literature, something I have honestly never heard of.  As I was looking at the different forms of E-literature, which refers to works with an important literary aspect that takes advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer, I came across E-poetry.  I personally am a fanatic for good poetry and creative pieces, so I had to go in depth with the explanation of this particular form of literature. E-Poetry is, according […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Hopeful Monster: Exploring an ELit Frankenstein of Hypertext & Kinetic Poetry~

This week, we’ve finally begun our much-anticipated exploration of Elit. (Perhaps, it’s only much-anticipated on my end though…?) Delving into Elit As I may have mentioned before, I’ve taken a few courses already on ELiterature and networked narratives. And so, I’ve already developed a bit of a soft spot for the genre. I find the experimentation and spontaneity and interactivity of Elit to be engaging in a way that is not better than traditional literature but that allows for more of my […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

What is up with Bots? Week 12 Blog

I am pleased to announce my induction to Epsilon Epsilon Omega Honor Society, woohoo! Only negative aspect of it, was that I missed Netnarr’s class last week. I must say, it probably was the worst time to have missed class since the class went over and made their own bots. This technological class has been a bit tough, but if you miss the class, especially having the TA’s there to help, it can be like running in a maze, no […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Further Education Adventures of an Adult Student Spring 2018

Above – Stay on the Path A mashup I made from a google map image of Berkeley City College, a picture of the Campanile at UC Berkeley and an inviting meadow leading into a thicket of distractions. One year ago (April 2017), having struggled with the culture of incompetence across the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) during my years of service as a student representative, I emailed my counselor and asked what was needed to complete my two Associate’s degrees. […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Everyday Alchemy (video collection, continued)

I’m still deep into making daily alchemy with the Networked Narratives daily prompts (known as the Daily Arganee), but I suspect with the university courses nearing the end of the semester, the dailies will begin to fade off. Which is fine. (NetNarr is a combination of two university courses taught by Alan Levine and Mia Zamora, and anyone else on the open web who wanders in.) Until the daily prompts end, I’ll continue to try to arrive at something poetic […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Video: Ethics of Immersive Digital Storytelling

(image via Andrea Phillips) A conversation recently unfolded on Twitter about Transmedia Storytelling, in which author and transmedia storyteller Andrea Phillips joined in, adding an interesting wrinkle to the discussion. The context you may be missing: there’s a long tradition of using social and digital media as if they were a real thing — people or organizations on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn. — Andrea Phillips (@andrhia) April 8, 2018 She voiced concern over the ethics and responsibility of digital storytellers, particularly […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

bots the matter with you?

breaking! this past week, it has been reported that yes, bots were on the rise again on twitter... except they weren't russian bots - this was the work of kean students!and i'll be the first to admit that i think everyone did a great job with living double lives in their own twitter as both a tired, politically distraught student and a persistent, politically distraught bot! the purpose of the bots were to create conversation, but to ask the questions […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Don’t Talk About it, Bot About it

This week I got to experience Bots 2.0 meaning, I got a second go 'round with the whole bot experience. And I must say that this time was much better, well, that is not exactly true. This time I was more comfortable with the entire experience. Plus Alan gave us a specific direction for this year's bot activity. In my Twitter DM I found the following message:  Your #netnarr botversarion position to promote is we need to be better at […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Bot-ulism

Last week in class we ventured into the world of bots.  We started by looking at some exemplary bots, from the famous experiment ELIZA to the works of poetry-generating bots.  We concluded with an exercise where we created our own Twitter bots to tweet about a given topic.  I found the topic of bots both fascinating and challenging, even a little nostalgia-inducing. I’ve had a soft spot for robots and artificial intelligence ever since I saw a documentary about real-life […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Bot Life for life

Well this week was definitely an interesting but odd week all together. I learned that you can create a bot that can send out tweets or information in general for you without me having to type it up myself. I learned that bots are basically a whole different entity that sends out its own information. All I had to do was set it up and it did everything on it’s own. I find it really weird because it acts like […]

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