54 Posts Tagged "personal"

Kean University 2019, The Network

Getting to the “Meat” of the Matter…

Despite what my featured image says, I was, in fact, not feeling okay. Hey~ I’m glad to report that I’m not yet dead. glad may be an overstatement but eh I’d like to get my M.A. first after all the trouble Unfortunately, though, I have been very sick for the past few weeks. Flu. Upper respiratory infection. 103 degree fever. Hacking every other minute. congestion. insomnia. The whole nine yards. It can really slow you down. I tried my best to work through it. My […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Net Art & Self-Representation~

Hey ^.^ welcome back to my dark little corner of the web~ So, this week we explored the wonderful and burgeoning world of net art. Know Your Meme This is “born-digital” art that is created for and designed to be experienced online in a digital environment. That digital component is what delineates this kind of art from trad art. In many ways, this kind of art is liberated from the exhibition context of the museum in that the Internet becomes […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Exploring Net Art~

Hello~ This week, we’ve begun to explore the emerging and fascinating world of Net Art. In order to help familiarize us with more of the purview of this field, we were asked to explore the works of different artists and collectives. (Heck yeah!) I chose to explore the net art works of three very different people(?). Each work drew me to it for varied reasons. Mostly, I’m interested in how online spaces intersect with practices of identity construction so I […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

The One-Sided Looking Glass…

Hey~ This week was an interesting one for me. In class, we began delving into the selfie and into concepts around self-representation in the digital age. My fave topic~ Waxing Poetic on the Selfie (Take 50 Bajillion) For those who may be unaware, my thesis project revolves around self-representation in the digital age. Specifically, I’m investigating this subject through a Neo-Dada lens, analyzing emergent forms of digital content creation as new forms of not only self-expression but also as representative […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Exploring the History of the Selfie~

So, I know this post wasn’t formatted exactly as suggested but I was in “the zone” and didn’t even think of writing this post as suggested. Sorry >.< Just know I contain plenty multitudes~ When it comes to discussing emergent forms of digital content creation, I think there are few more disputed or more controversial forms than that of the selfie. It has been vilified across the board, reaffirmed, vilified again, then reaffirmed….and so on. It appears we as a people can’t […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Until recently, I considered myself a selfie-queen. I would post pictures of myself daily on my social media feeds. The pictures made me feel confident and made me see myself as pretty. Despite the confidence I’m sometimes told I project, I’m actually quite self-conscious about my appearance. Growing up my skin was too pale and my nose too big and my freckles too blotchy and my teeth too […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Privacy Is A Privilege?

“We are paying for everything right now. The currency we’re trading is data.” ~ Anne-Marie Scott So, this week the polar vortex finally descended upon us and swallowed us whole in a show of might that only emphasized how insignificant we are– Actually, class just got snowed out cause global warming is a thing and it’s screwing with the weather. What are you gonna do??? Pass Ocasi0-Cortez’s Green Deal??? Anyway, despite this week’s unfortunate weather, some of us were still able […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Developing Digital Literacy (One Video at a Time)~

Hey~ Welcome to this week’s bonus post ^.^ I’m going to try to keep it short & sweet! A big topic in class related to privacy, data tracking, and navigating online spaces as a whole is that of digital literacy. Data tracking, learning algorithms, and surveillance capitalism have largely been allowed to propagate and perpetuate and make a butt-ton of money off of all of us due in large part to a lack of regulation. Unfortunately, much of this has gone […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

In the Algorithm We Trust (But Should We????)

Welcome back to hell~ This week, we dove deeper into the darkness of the web and the practices of those who use the web as a tool for mass surveillance. Topics in this week’s discussion include 1) data tracking, 2) digital redlining, and 3) surveillance capitalism. Light stuff, I know. Anyway, I suggest you grab a drink of your choice and strap in for my *hot take* on some of these issues~ Data Tracking, Digital Redlining, & Surveillance Capitalism Oh My! […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

Descending into Darkness…

So…. this past week was a bit of a mess. I experienced some major and hella expensive car issues that made me wish for a self-driving car for the first time ever despite their numerous, reported issues. Anyway, enough about my ever-growing list of issues. Let’s dive into the Internet’s f*ckery~ The Dark Substance of the Internet This week, discussion started off light enough with an introductory reading on alchemy and the creation and nature of this ancient magic’s digital form. This reading was also […]

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Kean University 2019, The Network

This Post Goes Out to My FBI Agent (Thanks for Always Being There)~

How my FBI agent probably looks most of the time~ I’ve missed you over the shutdown T_T Anyway…. I’m back and better than ever. Hope you haven’t missed me too much I’ll try to make up for lost time and get right into the snarky commentary~ Big Brother is Watching You “How do we know who, what to trust online anymore?…What keeps you up at night or worried about your own internet activity?” I see we’re starting off light this semester. Anyway, […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Assembling the Story from the Pieces…

There are many stories in the Valley Judy Malloy’s Uncle Roger is a work of hypertext fiction that explores the nature of love, relationships, family, business, class, and, ultimately, storytelling in a disjointed but compellingly, collage-like way. Uncle Roger consists of three different story files, A Party in Woodside, The Blue Notebook, and Terminals. This small collection of storie revolves around the early days of the Silicon Valley tech industry and people involved in the burgeoning industry. For this review, I explored A Party in Woodside. This story file is […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

*Spoiler* Icarus Doesn’t Die in this One…

Shocking In Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s Icarus Needs, users get to go on a “hypercomic adventure” as they try to wake up “everyone’s favorite mentally unhinged cartoonist, Icarus Creeps”. The premise of this work is that Icarus fell asleep while playing video games and has somehow ended up in a surreal, cartoon-esque dreamscape ruled by a squirrel king??? Icarus needs to find a way out of this nightmare while rescuing his girlfriend, Kit, and defeating a very squirrely squirrel king. Users play as […]

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