Kean University 2018

Digital Alchemy and Networked Narratives course at Kean University in 2018 taught by Alan Levine (see all Kean University Alchemists)

Kean University 2018, The Network

who needs JOBS when u have SELFIES and MEMES, said every millennial ever

i'd be lying if i said i wasn't excited for this week's class. last class proved to be engaging, both in conversation and creation, as we explored memes. tomorrow, we get to take on the selfie culture. the real reason i'm looking forward to the discussion is because this is the culture my peers have created with the technology we've been given - i want to hear what people have to say about these forms of expression in a more […]

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Making a mean meme

Digital art is a topic of conversation for the last couple of weeks in class. I have learned that digital art has a vast meaning and that everyones idea on digital art is different. This week though, we have done a lot of stuff with memes. Is it digital art? Of course it is! It’s a way for people to be creative and express there own ideas in a picture. Memes are typically know for laughs but it can be […]

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Our Meme Activities on Netnarr

What an interesting time it was for the Netnarr class last time we met. We spoke and learned how to make our own memes with a meme generator website. But before we got into that,  Professor Levine asked the students to watch an episode of Black Mirror titled Nosedive which is a Netflix series. Each episode is completely different with different cast and events. I was not able to watch it before Tuesday Class but thankfully almost everyone in the […]

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Memed Out~

Tbh, I kind of never want to hear the word “meme” again. Anyway…. MEMES Credit @stryii~ In class this week, we explored the fascinating world of meme-making and meme-meaning-making(?)~ In order to accomplish that, we had to descend into the depths of those dank memes I hate myself. We got our hands dirty making our own memes. The Make Bank gave our creative selves some direction, though. More, it provided some purpose to why we were exploring memes as well as some ideas about […]

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Memes Happened

Memes are awesome visuals to use and a great way to express yourself. It’s more fulfilling then using words and they are a great way to get your point across rather thing using a plain image then adding a caption to it.What makes meme so popular is the fact that people across the world can relate to them. We relate to the meme because we’ve came across that very image that came from our favorite and popular tv shows, movie […]

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On Dank Memes

My memes: http://make.arganee.world/examples/acting-for-two/ http://make.arganee.world/examples/who-would-win-a-who-would-win/ My daily digital alchemies: @netnarr #dda153 The future is closer than we think! pic.twitter.com/wFry8T1NpE — Justin George (@Justinsightfuls) February 13, 2018 @netnarr #dda154 This is where most of the magic happens. It was much cleaner after the picture was taken, I swear! pic.twitter.com/TUahYjMqo1 — Justin George (@Justinsightfuls) February 13, 2018 I never thought in all of my years of schooling, that I would be able to say the following words. I’m doing a writing assignment on […]

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Selfie-Reflecting~

(I’ve rocked a few regrettable interesting looks, huh???) Images are moments and if moments are experiences, then what experience does the “selfie” capture? What is the selfie? What does it represent? Society Says…. Well, that depends. When it comes to social perceptions, the selfie, like most new digital media, typically gets a bad rep. What did you think society would say??? According to one article in Jezebel, by Erin Gloria Ryan, “Selfies aren’t empowering; they’re a high tech reflection of the f*cked up way society […]

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Digital Art

Looking Way Back...Too bad we didn't go that far back. If we had, then that whole State of the Union debacle wouldn't have even happened. Anyway, where I'm sitting at my desk, last Tuesday really does seem so very far away. I almost feel like I have to time travel there. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating but, well, the passing of a week can sometimes feel like an eternity. Anyway, as I sit here with my coffee and my thoughts, […]

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On New Media Art

I often think back at when I realize that I wanted to become a voice actor, and I’ve been trying to pinpoint exactly what time did I realize that. And while it’s not conclusive, I believe my earliest experience with voice acting came in the form of watching flash animation on Newgrounds. I suppose at the time, I simply wasn’t grasping the idea that you didn’t have to be a big studio at Nickelodeon in order to create animation. I […]

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Welcome, February!

I am so glad that January is over.100% me.Some things that happened in January were cool though, like last week's Twitter chat! I'm so encouraged by the widespread class participation, and by the input of the open network participants. It's always so great to be reminded that our class is bigger than the four walls at Kean.Something that I especially appreciate about digital art is that it opens up new possibilities. For example, photo editing is so accessible. I don't […]

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My Perception

Class was very interesting this week, digital art was the main focus so I decided to come home and find some digital art images and get a clear understanding what digital art really is.  Digital art~ is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. Rise above it In a world where they expect women to drown we fix our crowns and rising above the unexpected. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Down below you will find […]

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One of my Favorite Things!

Hello all!  The previous week was a good one for digital alchemy, what with all our Twitter adventures and in-class research. During our Twitter Chat, I got the chance to talk, or tweet…, about one of my favorite things: digital art!  I was tickled to see other users talking about DeviantArt (for those that don’t know, my thesis is focused on DeviantArt communities), and I loved that I could share a bit about my activities there and some of my […]

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The Secret to Digital Art

Based on the twitter chat that was done in our class this week, I learned that there are multiple forms of digital art. Digital art can be anything from paint tab on the computer to a video game. There is no definite form of what digital art actually is. Our twitter chat allowed us to have an open discussion on about digital art and what everyone’s idea of it was. Also, I learned some people have more experience with the […]

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Degenerate Art 2.0~

Putting That Art History Minor To Task… New art always gets a bad rep. Whether it’s the Dada nonsense of Duchamp (i.e. his lovely Fountain) or the Neo-Dada digitized nonsense embodied in some works of ELit such as in Jason Nelson’s This is How You Will Die, there will be critics and they will be harsh. Digital art is the newest on the scene and so I believe that’s part of why there is so much skepticism surrounding it. Some people think it is […]

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Watch and Learn

Week three of #Netnarr down and I feel like I am getting the hang of this.  Being on social media for a class is actual one of the best assignments I have had in a long time !  I honestly do not ever recall a time a teacher has ever asked me to tweet or check my twitter, so this works for me lol.  In class this week we went on a scavenger hunt !!! It led us all around […]

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