Open Participants 2019

Unaffiliated, but definitely not unconnected, individual digital alchemists (see a list of all Open Alchemists)

Open Participants 2019, The Network

Teachers as First Responders with Guns

No Title No Description This is where we are in some states.  My Kentucky legislature is not quite here yet, but they are edging the Overton window toward all guns, all the time, and everywhere.  There is a bill being considered now that would allow conceal carry without a permit anywhere it is now allowed with a permit.  Next step is to allow conceal carry everywhere: bars, churches, and my classroom.  That is when I quit.  When I read this […]

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Fakeville

So here is my trigger. The latest move by New York to allow women to control their bodies and allow abortion at any stage to protect their physical health has stirred up a whole host of friends within my social network to post nonsense about late term abortion and just abortion in general. A big issue for me as a woman, as a mother and as an human being. I'm pro-choice-who else is going to advocate for my health except […]

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Lateral Reading: Who Made This and Why?

This is a helpful video with John Greene about reading deeper, and understanding, digital information and digital media. Greene, author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger (often with his brother), digs into how we can understand what’s behind the veil of what we read online, and to understand the move he calls “lateral reading.” Greene’s key question of inquiry that we must always ask ourselves: Who made this and why? He explains that we have been taught to read […]

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Networked Narratives: Listening In On Chris Gilliard

Surveillance flickr photo by Simon Aughton shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license I’ve been taking my time, listening over a few days to the classroom conversation that the always-intriguing Chris Gilliard had with Networked Narratives the other day. Chris is insightful in his look at how technology impacts our lives, bringing to the surface not just the privacy issues but also the concerns of how our data might be used against us (and is being used against us) by […]

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Networked Narratives: Oh, This Dystopia

utopia banished flickr photo by kr428 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Networked Narratives hosted a Twitter chat the other while folks were watching this video — We’re Building a Dystopia Just to Make People Click on Ads by Zeynep Tufekci — and so I popped the video into Vialogues for slow viewing and commenting. Thanks to Karen and Terry for jumping in with me, so I didn’t feel so alone in the digital landscape of manipulation engines and algorithmic […]

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The dark side

I will miss all or most of the in class activities since I am on the dark side of the planet, while it is still early evening for all of the students at Kean University. So I was unable to participate in either the Twitter chat about Zeynep Tufekci's Ted Talk or the vistual chat with Chris Gilliard.But I am also in the dark about many of the technologies used to surveil us (I've just made surveillance into a verb-sorry!) […]

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