Kean University

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

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Fair Thee Well Mirror World

Dear XeZenobia,Your letter has said all of the things that I have wanted to say but I was afraid to act upon or say. It was nice to have your voice and your wisdom. Or should I say fearlessness and willingness to say exactly what was on your mind no matter what. I miss being able to do that. Now more so than ever I am very aware of my words and the the impact they leave on the people […]

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Dear Avicia…

Just look at the semester we have had!Do you see me? Do you see yourself? What's your place in the network?Well, well, NetNarr, it's been a while. I feel almost as if I have been in another world....a mirror world, you might say. Weirder still, I feel another presence, as if someone else has been with me in this class for a month or so. I feel as if they've been watching and learning alongside me................What's this?...............A letter? Who would […]

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Final Reflection

This semester has been a long journey. I didn’t know what to except from this course. Let alone understand digital story telling. I’m very old fashion and love to stay in my own bubble. I wasn’t comfortable posting online, and struggled to post sometimes. I enjoyed the #dda’s because it was a way for me to get out of my comfort zone and get creative. A true highlight for me is understanding, that when I need help, I should definitely […]

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Aloha, Annyeong, Shalom, etc.

Am I a dork who likes taking bit words from other languages in an attempt to sound worldly and intelligent? who has some complex (but not really) conception in mind for the creation of the title of a blog post that could either never make sense or be so obvious that this sentence is rendered moot? who procrastinates incessantly while telling herself that she works better under the pressure of a time crunch and that it’s like a drug to […]

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The End is Just the Beginning…..

Dear Wanderer_920 (aka Laura), So, it’s funny.  You remind me a lot of myself.  You are me-the way I remember myself to be about 20 years ago.  Fearless.  Optimistic.  Powerful.  I’m still those things, ya know…..only now my energy and focus are spread wide and thin.  Thank you for reminding me of the person I am. I will tell you one thing: this course has become a part of me. It has crept its way into almost every part of […]

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A Letter to my Alchemist

Devorah Migdelit, Your name means “bee”. A bee is fast moving and impossible to stop. It is determined and strong. The bee harvests the sweetness from one flower and spreads it to all others, just like you. Communicating through you gave me a different kind of voice. It was easier to speak with a stronger set of lungs. I appreciated your letter regarding my activism on social media. It’s one of the few things I do well. I appreciated this […]

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Returning from #Arganee

A selfie from all the alchemists of #arganee! #netnarr @netnarr pic.twitter.com/UCqUSO6CWa — Rissa Candiloro (@RissaCandiloro) May 4, 2017 Sometimes you take a trip and it changes the way see you everything.  The journey of the course called Networked Narratives was just that kind of trip.  When I was imagining designing a course on digital storytelling in the networked age, I was certainly excited.  But I had no idea how transformative the actual journey would be, and how much magic would […]

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Sincerity

Hi Isis Ardalan, I'm just going to write the truth, and I hope you see the sincerity. Thank you for appreciating my work, and thank you for understanding me. I see God in you just from your willingness to help and teach. And from what you shared with me, I think people can see God in me too.I learned so much from you. As I'm sure you learned a lot from me too. From you, I learned how to go beyond […]

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Farewell Faerie Girl (wannabe ^.^)….

Qfybmu-Egpj-uyllyzc, I think you’re very right about the Other Side being like my shadows–not as empty as I may like to or be convinced to believe. There is something remarkable about the world you call “home.” Something that is something about the place you eyeless-eyes have grown to admire, your story-skin has grown to find comfort within. It’s something I think we all here in the Other Something world should like to appreciate more than we do. For myself, I found becoming a part of your world, Faerie […]

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Alchemy Us

This is the end, though not the end at all, and we have a little informal rule about not using terminating language, of the story of Networked Narratives, a course, and much more than a course. I start here, standing quietly in the dark, in a closet-like room adjacent to the classroom at Kean University where this course takes place. Waiting for a moment long anticipating. Waiting. It’s a party, they are eating food. I can hear the laughter of […]

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Letter in Response to Dianna Levi

Letter from Dianna Dear Missy Diana Levi, I’m glad you had a great time being in our Arganee World. I enjoyed my short interactions with you and we seemed to have a lot in common. You brought up good points about me being “hidden.” I just want to remain anonymous in a way with the online pictures. I want to be seen but not seen at the same time if you know what I mean. And yes I absolutely love […]

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Letter to my Alchemist/Course Reflection

Dear Tycho, It was a pleasure to host you during your visit to New Jersey.  I couldn’t have asked for a more interesting person to share my home and academic life with, as much as you may refuse to believe it.  I’m not sure how bad the racism was back in Arganee, but for someone like me, the opportunity to make friends with a Chimera alchemist has been a dream-come-true.  I’d also like to thank you for your kindness and […]

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A Letter from Venflr Xexiatgm

Dear Victoria, I can see you have grown as a writer, and as a digital artist. Your journey has just begun. It is time for you to spread your wings, and write, write, write. You should not be afraid or intimidated by what others may say. Just prepare yourself for a long journey. Most writers have to have a good back bone, and a great imagination. I can tell you have both. You must only have the confidence to see […]

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Log # 12: Alchemy in Paint

Even though I am a digital alchemist, I also work with other kinds of alchemy. Here are some of my own paintings: This acrylic piece depicts a snowy mountainside in the middle of February. This acrylic piece depicts a snowy forest in the middle of December. This oil pastel depicts a field with a forest in the background. This is an impression of Alexander Calder’s painting of Balloons at the Circus.

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Pepsi

It’s interesting after watching the Pepsi commercial that I am actually noticing the conflicts in our daily lives more. My though is… WHAT CAN WE REPLACE PEPSI WITH?? What, instead of Pepsi, can actually help the conflicts the world has. I would like to say acceptance, patience, tolerance, love, and kindness. But I can’t hand someone a can of kindness although it would probably be delicious. The world needs a code word. Or an object. My boyfriend and I have […]

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