Kean University 2019

Digital Storytelling course at Kean University taught by Mia Zamora and Alan Levine (see all Kean University Alchemists)

Kean University 2019, The Network

Field Guide:If I Won’t WebMD it-Don’t WebMD Me!

As of now, I want to center my contribution to our Field Guide for surviving the darkness around today's youth. Being a teacher, I find this idea of digital surveillance fascinating, but also discouraging in terms of how to teach my students. They only care about the latest music or what Youtuber said what this week. I struggle with finding the words to make them care about this issue, as they need to be aware of it. During my research on […]

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[ten-year-old voice] sNOW DAY

[aka How Many Girl Group Songs Can Masooch Link In One Post.] Oh whaaaaaat we had a week off from class, wowie. As such, this’ll be a short post, where I’ll just be recapping the DDAs I did, plus other comments and such, yadda yadda yadda. Let’s jump right in. … … … … Hello, it’s over 18 hours later, during which I had a whole adventure and went to a whole concert and nearly missed a train and crashed […]

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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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Diving in the Deep End of Digital Alchemy: Studio Visit

"We shape the representation of self, but our behaviors become packaged representations that are for sale tactics." -Studio Visit 2/12/2019 I am pleased to announce that I had my first Studio Visit last Tuesday! I don't like being on camera or other people seeing me on camera unless it's my family and friends. (So this was … Continue reading Diving in the Deep End of Digital Alchemy: Studio Visit →

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Privacy Is A Privilege?

“We are paying for everything right now. The currency we’re trading is data.” ~ Anne-Marie Scott So, this week the polar vortex finally descended upon us and swallowed us whole in a show of might that only emphasized how insignificant we are– Actually, class just got snowed out cause global warming is a thing and it’s screwing with the weather. What are you gonna do??? Pass Ocasi0-Cortez’s Green Deal??? Anyway, despite this week’s unfortunate weather, some of us were still able […]

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Developing Digital Literacy (One Video at a Time)~

Hey~ Welcome to this week’s bonus post ^.^ I’m going to try to keep it short & sweet! A big topic in class related to privacy, data tracking, and navigating online spaces as a whole is that of digital literacy. Data tracking, learning algorithms, and surveillance capitalism have largely been allowed to propagate and perpetuate and make a butt-ton of money off of all of us due in large part to a lack of regulation. Unfortunately, much of this has gone […]

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Sum it Up

This week’s activities have really left me thinking and wondering about what this world is really coming too. Why can’t we just enjoy the internet without all the extra nonsense that comes with it? I want to get on the internet and not have to prove my identity 50 million times. I want to just enjoy my time on the internet all this stuff really makes me not want to get on the internet. One of my biggest fears is […]

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YouTube Mania

https://via.hypothes.is/http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/08/what-is-the-baby-meme-about-eating-sugar-and-telling-lies.html If there isn’t enough going on already here goes another catchy song to make the kiddies go crazy over. I’m happy my daughter has passed the age of wanting to continuously listen to these annoy songs which seem very catchy to a toddler’s ear. I feel that on a level of 0-10 it’s a solid 5 because although, it’s annoying, these songs keep children occupied and add to their learning. I say that because many times finger play is […]

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Playing Catch Up

No class due to the snow, but I’m spending my time listening in on the studio video with Anne-Marie. Listening to this gives insight into many things that I was unaware of. Learning about the facilities that teach people how to use Wiki is so dope. I like this because so many people aren’t sure how to correctly write papers. Having a resource like this is so helpful and it adds a bonus to those trying to excel in their […]

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Which One of These People Twisted the “Truth”?

I’d say… definitely number 6! Man, what a week. That was possibly the best class we’ve had so far; the extensive lecture and the in-depth discussion that followed. Wait… we did not have a class this week. Oh, that’s right. The class was canceled due to extreme weather. I’m 100% certain that I’m the only one who has ever made this “original” joke. That’s the “truth”. It seems like we have actually missed out on an interesting topic, which was […]

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Not Everything Online Is Created Equally – Some Are Factual, Others Are Bias, And Others Are Neither.

Link to image and article: https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts   This week we went over an activity on the topic of ‘how much of the internet is what’s fake or real.’ This topic is one that comes across as two-sided, since you have people who take everything they see on the internet for granted, but other who think twice of what they see. But a bigger question to ask from all this is: is everything on the internet created equally? Just because a […]

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Weeklies

Hello!! Sorry I am blogging so late! It's been a hectic week! With taking up 3 English classes it is hard to keep up! And all involves lots and lots of writing! Well anyways, i see here there will be no class today due to this weird and strange weather! However, back to talking about the darkness of the internet! I am a little but worried for my kids sake! The internet can be very dark.. there is easy access […]

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Do Algorithms Get Scared?

The e-lit piece from last semester, called ScareMail Generator, is a prime example of how to cover your tracks on the Internet. Since I did not choose to talk about it back then, I assume it’s fair to do it for this particular post. ScareMail Generator is basically a program that adds “a narrative containing a collection of probable NSA search terms” at the end of an e-mail “in order to disrupt [their] surveillance”. In our last class, we were […]

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A Platform that Causes Polarizing Opinions and Exposure to Personal Info Theft -What is Social Media?

Correct! I can’t possibly be the only one who was disappointed that we did not get to play jeopardy in the class, right? Surely, someone else has to mention that title in their blog as well. Then again, I’m not so sure if I need to play a game that reminds me of not being an intellectual… Anyways… In my last blog post, I’ve briefly talked about the ongoing “living in the darkness” concept and how it was not something […]

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