The Network

All writing from everyone in the network (see a list of all Alchemists)

Kean University, The Network

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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Open Participants, The Network

Around the World 2017: Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era

I recently spent an entire day at this wonderfully international digital conference. I can highly recommend the Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta, Canada, annual “Around the World” conference. I found this years’ theme irresistible: Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era. “The unfolding of recent political events in the US has sparked much debate around ‘fake news,’ disinformation and trustworthiness on the web. This year’s conference used these developments as a starting point for a broader discussion […]

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Kean University, The Network

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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Open Participants, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Arganee, The Network

Reflections and Regrets

Dear Alex, It’s been awhile since we’ve last spoken, I’d say ever since I set out in an attempt to bring Arganee back to its former prosperous state and I feel that I’ve done my part, though I certainly couldn’t have done it alone. So many people played a part in the restoration of this world and its magical status, some even more so than I. In this group effort many other alchemists and their unique minds and skills have […]

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Kean University, The Network

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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Kean University, The Network

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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Arganee, The Network

Letter to Anna Bella

Dear Anna Bella, I’m so glad I found you and you found me. This was so destined to be. I’ve been searching for answers and you have been too. But perhaps the secrets of the universe aren’t meant for us to know. I like how you hide yourself so craftily. Your pictures show you mainly in shadows are really faded away. I do wonder if there’s something you’re hiding from. Did you do something bad? Are you on the run […]

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