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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 […]

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Isolating Plots

This is the part of this course where we hope will devise a speculative fiction of your own. We’ve watched two of the three films in the Screening Surveillance series and this week are asking you to look at other audio, video, and interactive examples in the Net Mirror Library. Where might you draw as […]

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The Small Things

The understatement of now is that there’s a lot of Big Things to worry about. The new normal is anything but normal. That was why for last week’s “class” where we were not in the same classroom but a virtual video one, we took it as a breather week. And we are still breathing, good. […]

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Not Cancelled

So a dangerous little bit of viral substance has spread around the world and led to wide-scaled cancellations? The Net Mirror shimmers, glitches a bit, but the screen remains is on- we just have a new class plan. Because of the way this course as designed, we have many of the pieces we need to […]

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AI: Questioning the “I” and Seeking the Missing “B”

Artificial Intelligence… sounds magical. Smart technology, free of human emotion, right? It will help humanity and change life for the better? We ask you to look into that Net Mirror and inquire- are the outputs of machine thinking and algorithms really Intelligent? How is that intelligence? And is it free of the biases of it’s […]

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Looking Into / Out of Filter Bubbles

For tonight’s class we are looking at how filter bubbles affect, maybe even influence us, in ways that are not directly visible. And we tie that into questions of how this drives the ad-clicking dystopia described by Zeynep Tufecki, Here is a summary of activities we will introduce and do in class. Please tweet / […]

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Selfies Were New… in 1839

Yesterday my wife and I were visiting the Grand Canyon, and the act of self photography was in full gear (sticks and all) by the visitors there, including us. Yet, the act of the self photograph is hardly new. From the Public Domain Review comes the story of Robert Cornelius doing the act in 1839. […]

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Knowing the Knowers

We have a few weeks of discussions and concepts before venturing into the waters of data and surveillance, and hope to keep things above a level of paranoia. But I would like everyone to at least go about their internet daily routines and just pause sometime and ask some simple questions. And in line with […]

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And The Activities Begin…

Here is a followup on our Starting Up class session, and yes, we got our tools in motion. On the course site, you will see each week a This Week menu item, it always links to the course announcement post for the week. Under this you will find a set of links I will reference […]

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Getting Set Up

Beyond introducing this course and and overview of what we will be doing through May, 2020, in this first week we set up accounts/tools for writing and communicating.