The Network

All writing from everyone in the network (see a list of all Alchemists)

Kean University 2018, The Network

Time to Say Goodbye

me.Well netnarr, it's been a really fun semester. I've been so excited to relive the Digital Alchemy and Networked Narratives experience with a new group of students, and I cannot believe that May has come so quickly. It's been simultaneously a very long and a very short semester-- although I can look back and remember the first week, it also feels as if January were years ago. We've experienced a lot this semester and played with a variety of digital […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Time to Say Goodbye

me.Well netnarr, it's been a really fun semester. I've been so excited to relive the Digital Alchemy and Networked Narratives experience with a new group of students, and I cannot believe that May has come so quickly. It's been simultaneously a very long and a very short semester-- although I can look back and remember the first week, it also feels as if January were years ago. We've experienced a lot this semester and played with a variety of digital […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

What I Learned in Net Nar Is!!

In all honesty, I    struggled so much throughout the Network Narrative course. Being a digital alchemist is hard when you come into something  just to find out you know little -to nothing about the digital world you thought you were so familiar with. I    remember my first day of class I    was so overwhelmed when I    came in to find not a physical professor, but a screen. This was the first course in fours years of attending Kean University, that […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 10 – Games As A Story, A Story As Games.Backstorying a Classic Computer/Arcade/Console Game

 The storyline starts here: It’s a rainy afternoon in Brooklyn, New York. Adam Park is at his sentencing. He stand before the judge after pleading guilty to verbal abuse and psychological manipulation. These are offenses the city has really cracked down on, because we all know New Yorkers speak recklessly. Eager to prove a point and make an example out of Park, the judge mercilessly sentences him to three years of silence, with GIFs and memes as his only means of […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 11 -Digital Redlining

I   knew that redlining existed but I never knew that there was a name for it. I    found this weeks discoveries fascinating. As I  am the Vice President for the Black Student Union on campus, I    find redlining to be an issue that excites me to learn about. The technology I    picked to focus on this week were traffic cameras in specific areas in New Jersey. I learned that in more urban areas, the amount of traffic cams, including speed […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 12 Bot, Not, What?

Okay so, I  hate twitter bots. Its all fun and games with twitter bots until its time so create your own I    have a new appreciation for the people and algorithms behind twitter bots. I    found the tsk of creating my own twitter bot extremely difficult and draining. I am not good with technology at all, so learning this was very difficult for me. I'm not sure what exactly went wrong with my bot, but I    received several emails saying […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Alchemist week 4 – One Does Not Simply Make NetNarr Memes

Black Mirror is one of my favorite shows on Netflix right now. The way it highlights the flaws in our society is unconventional ways is fascinating. The Nosedive episode we watched in class is one that I'd seen before and probably my favorite one. It speaks to how shallow our society is and how insignificant the things we place value on are. I  never realized how desperate we are for the approval of others. We literally are so open to […]

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Kean University 2017, The Network

Class Exploder: NetNarr Lesson on the Gameboard of Digital Redlining

On a long distance driving trip this week I’m getting a good chunk podcast listening time. One of my favorite ones is Song Exploder: Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 9- Seriously Yours, Games

I  struggled. I had never realized that empathy games were even a thing. Playing Spent in class last week made me realize how deeply a game can make you think as well as how games can uncover how you prioritize certain things in your life. In the game Spent, I    had to choose between, paying a bill and having my child teased at lunch for having it homemade. I    picked my child.  I'd never realized that as much as we […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 9- Seriously Yours, Games

I  struggled. I had never realized that empathy games were even a thing. Playing Spent in class last week made me realize how deeply a game can make you think as well as how games can uncover how you prioritize certain things in your life. In the game Spent, I    had to choose between, paying a bill and having my child teased at lunch for having it homemade. I    picked my child.  I'd never realized that as much as we […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 8- This is A Game

I    always considered games, specifically video games,  to be this mindless thing that people do for entertainment, a waste of time and brainpower.  Growing up, I    was never much of a video game kind of girl, I'd rather play games like Monopoly, and Dominoes, games that forced actual human interactions. This was before technology became a thing that no one can function without. When the iPod touch came out, that is when I    realized that I    did like video games, […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Week 8- This is A Game

I    always considered games, specifically video games,  to be this mindless thing that people do for entertainment, a waste of time and brainpower.  Growing up, I    was never much of a video game kind of girl, I'd rather play games like Monopoly, and Dominoes, games that forced actual human interactions. This was before technology became a thing that no one can function without. When the iPod touch came out, that is when I    realized that I    did like video games, […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Be More Kind

A timely earworm for me this week as I am marking philosophy exam scripts. The lyrics are actually about our broken society, but the title of the song speaks to me as I try to decipher scrawly handwriting and make the best sense I can of the jumbled thoughts written under pressure. Education could, and should, be more kind, in my opinion. This semester has been particularly hard, with the strike action and weather leading to lost teaching time – […]

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