Networked Narratives 2020: Net Mirror

This is the archive of the 2020 NetNarr course. For those seeking the next iteration, follow the mirror over to the 2021 course.

In this course, we are looking closely at life online as we examine issues of digital citizenship, participatory culture, networked learning, and identity in the digital age. As writers, we will consider what it means to be digitally literate while also confronting the challenges of the attention economy, the ubiquitous algorithm, and data surveillance.

Our devices are mediating our engagement with the world around us. But when our screens are turned off, those screens emit a black reflective mirror (the metaphor for the series Black Mirror). When we look closely at our screens, what do we see, both in ourselves and in our society? And are the screens and networks behind it seeing us back? What do our reflections behold, and what stories still need to be told?

Together, we will look into the Net Mirror and perhaps find that it is Not Necessarily Dystopia (learn more…)

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by Dr Zamora

    The Net Mirror homestretch

    In the Net Mirror, we are now on the homestretch. As we look to this last week, and the completion of your work for this special class, it comes with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the semester has been a true roller coaster as we have faced many challenges both individually and together as […]



by Professor Levine

    Silly Media in Narrative Space

    I don’t have to explain often what a meme image or animated GIF is; we see them flying in social media, we reach for ones to express a reaction or an emotion. But for some time I’ve suggested there is a space to subvert the usual, throw-away and just-repeat-what-exists aspect this media for serious or […]