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On Macron, Macarons, Macaroons, Macaroni, Maccaroni, the Macaronis, and Drumpf

French Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, to attend a dinner in honour of Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia 2 June 2016 (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters) After Emmanuel Macron won the French election by a margin of two to one over Marine Le Pen, I wondered what the French word macron could mean. I found that a macron is the diacritical mark that indicates a long (heavy) letter, usually a […]

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Inventing a Mirrored Self in a Mirrored World

As Networked Narratives hits the last lap this week (it has been an interesting exploration of digital narratives, with a graduate class at Kean University and a bunch of folks, like me, out here in the open), I want to reflect on a project that took hold in the last weeks of NetNarr. https://pensatoscherzando.yolasite.com/resources/Arganee%20Transmission1.mp3 Specifically, the invention of an alternative, or mirrored, Self in the NetNarr world called Arganee. When I say “World,” I want to be clear that we […]

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The Dilemma of Digital Texts: Who Owns What’s on the Web?

Close Open flickr photo by Kaarina Dillabough shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license An interesting, and quite challenging, discussion unfolded on Twitter this past weekend that centered on the concepts of crowd annotation tools and content that can found on the open web. Tools like Hypothesis (which I use pretty regularly) allow you to annotate most websites and blogs, creating a digital margin side area for discussion. The benefits seem obvious to me: crowd annotation provides a space for engaging group […]

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Day 100 of the Trump Presidency

It took 100 days but President Trump finally spoke a truth. I don’t think he intended to be honest, so I made a 1 minute video to commemorate this milestone and the fact that in his first 100 days he accomplished exactly none of the things he promised during his campaign. Today’s speech will undoubtedly produce the same results.   http://markcorbettwilson.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/First-100-days.mp4

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#NetNarr: Social Lifestyle or Ad-fueled Construct

via http://van-life.net/ I don’t know what to make of the piece by Rachel Monroe in The New Yorker about #VanLife, which focuses on people who have taken to living in their vans (mostly VW vans) for all sorts of reasons — economic, lifestyle, etc. These #VanLife folks then share their travels and world via social media, often with the hashtag of #VanLife, and mostly on Instagram. That’s fine. Our world is one built on sharing and community practice (yes, there is a […]

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#NetNarr: Maps as Stories/Stories as Maps

  Thanks to my friend, Daniel, for sharing this intriguing map-building/story-telling site with us on Twitter called Story Maps a few weeks ago. As we continue to dive into  Networked Narratives (NetNarr), I wonder if this kind of mapping site might be a useful resource for building maps and worlds, with stories. I like the site seems to be open-source, with plenty of links for tutorials on how to build and share story maps.  The map that Daniel shared — Bruised […]

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Newsletter 4 a Second Coming

Terry Elliott’s Newsletter Sun, Apr 23 I love the smell of collapse in the morning. Not a bad attitude, just clear aptitude. I see the wave rising, curling, and………….BTW, why do they call these things bubbles? Is it because the economic system has little going for it structurally except the surface tension of belief? Yup. ‘The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst’: A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017 Zero Hedge – Apr 22, 4:50 PM “Thousands of new doors […]

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The Daily Arganee: A Slanted View

I spent a good part of the first 100 days of the Networked Narratives adventure trying to do the Daily Arganee prompt just about every day, both in my guise as The Internet Kid and Horse with no Name, and as myself, using an app called Legend to create short bursts of creativity. I stopped at the 100th prompt but may soon jump back on board. (I hit 98 with the Kid/Horse combo but only 79 as myself, according to the Daily […]

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Where Social Media Tumbles into Civic Engagement

Wired Laundrette flickr photo by mikecogh shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license I was recently re-reading an interesting article by Clive Thompson, in Wired magazine, entitled “The Social Medium is the Message,” (which has a different title online, for whatever reason) and some of what he writes about resonates with the connection between social media, storytelling and civic imagination that forms the core anchor of the Networked Narratives course. Here are some bits from Thompson’s article that stuck with […]

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