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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Kean University, The Network

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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Open Participants, The Network

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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Arganee, The Network

From Avicia

Dear human, My time in your world has been an experience that I was not prepared for. Before I left my world, I was told that I would be surprised by the conditions of Earth– not that the people were bad, per say, but that they were in a state of turmoil. I can see this now, and I understand your human condition much deeper than I expected to. I expected to find problems that were easier to solve. Instead […]

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Arganee, The Network

A Goodbye (For Now)

My goaafy friend, I am writing to tell you that I am thankful for your help.  Rebeg contacted me and the other alchemists to tell us the results of our mission.  It turns out that everybody survived and the planet is thriving.  Thanks to your contributions, arganee has new connections and knowledge. I visited Earth the other day and decided to travel around. Yesterday I flew in that flying metal bird you call a plane.  Looks like some futuristic torture […]

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Arganee, The Network

dasvedanya

allo hailey! right now, i am scrambling to find moy kat and hurry back to do… important magic things. you do not need to know what, but the black winds beckon me. i will say this – thank you for letting me learn of your goaafy world. i feel like i know way too much about carbonated product, but it may be useful later… maybe it might make good potion, da? xaxa, we shall see, we shall see, comrade. i […]

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