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Prof Alan

An early 90s builder of the web and blogging, Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling, photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He has been a part of NetNarr since 2017.

Kean University 2021, The Network

Speculative Microfiction Stories: The Specs

We have worked our way through our topical discussions that should inform your final summary task. Here we get creative and will be crafting microfiction stories that can paint a picture about what the experience looks like in a near future Post Pandemic University. Speculative fiction implies the kind of stories we saw in the Screening Surveillance short films (Blaxites and A Model Employee) that are set in a time that could almost be now where surveillance technologies act on […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Exploring the Stranger AI Things

Do you feel like the more you learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) maybe the less you feel you know? We think the best way into it is to experience it yourself, hence our previous set of activities looking at things that look real but are not. Let’s go deeper. This week I will show you how to create an AI driven bot that can complete sentences based upon an algorithm built from your own tweets. I just made one, and […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

I Ai Therefore I Exist

Hi, my name is Jeremy, and I am helping Alan out this week with some activities. But I should introduce myself. I have been working to launch a blockchain startup called Ideolium that has an exciting new technology of interest to those designing a post pandemic university. We are busy with launch, but I can share a preview of our website. Click to see full sized version I hope I can tell you more if we can meet up soon. […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

The GIF is the Message?

After this week’s Studio Visit with sava saheli singh we invite you to take the creative challenge of creating your own GIF message from a scene in one of the Screening Surveillance short films. Can you find a pivotal scene in the plot or something that speaks to you strongly about life in a surveillance culture. Follow the instructions in the NetNarr Make Activity GIF a Key Scene of a Screening Surveillance Film to generate your own GIF message. Can […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Sounds Like an Exquisite PPU Story

Sound is so critical and often underappreciated in media storytelling, but it’s often subtle- background sounds that provide a setting, the slam of a door or the gentle crunching of foot steps approaching a door. Today’s message is via audio, the typical recording of me speaking, but consider how you might even tell a story in sound with no dialogue (check out an activity in the Make Bank). View on Vocaroo >> I use a fun, free site for doing […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

A Daily [creative] Habit

There’s no shortage of ideas to take on as daily challenges. Anything we seek to be better at, from writing to fitness to mindfulness to creativity can be achieved through a regular personal practice. In middle school, I wanted to play the saxophone, maybe just because it was shiny and looked cool. I never practiced much after my first sessions at home had my dog howling and my sisters laughing. So I stopped. But one does learn to do things […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Micro Photo Stories

As we are getting in today’s class what I anticipate will be a dynamic introduction to microfiction in our studio visit with Laura Gibbs (hi Laura!), I created this week’s message in a tool aimed at being creative at telling stories in five photos. Five. Random. Photos. My message was created entirely in Five Card Flickr Stories and I copied/pasted the code to display it below. Five Card Story: NetNarr Microstories in Photosa Five Card Flickr story created by Alan […]

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