This is the question we’ll be taking during this semester’s first class meeting, but I’ll give you a preview of the answer now: no one really knows. That’s an exaggeration. What I mean, what we will discover and explore in discussion tomorrow, is that there are so many answers to the questions “What is digital … More What Are We Doing Here?
Class this week will be a bit of a free-for-all, by which I mean, you’ll ALL be FREE to choose the work that makes the most sense for the stage you’re at with your final project. Over the course of this week, you will all meet with me one-on-one (or one-on-group) to discuss your plans … More ReVISION of the DIGITAL
We watched Catfish so that we could all begin thinking about the impermanent, ever-changing, and sometimes unreliable nature of digital identity, not as a mask, or a fake self, but rather as a series of interwoven bits and pieces of multiple selves, some physical, some psychic, some embodied, some digital. This, I think, echos something … More No Less Real or True: Where the Physical and the Digital Intersect, Overlap, and Re-imagine Each Other
Throughout our unit on location-based narratives, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the significance of layering, and the ways in which digital tools and technologies allow us to create or reveal a narrative layer onto a physical or fictional place. What we haven’t said, at least not explicitly, is that this can be seen … More The Garden of Overlapping Paths: Peer Responses to Location-Based Narratives
Your assignment will be to make a digital story that reveals or creates a narrative layer to a physical place that a person in that physical place wouldn’t be aware of without the digital component. The first and most important task you need to undertake in order to begin writing your own location-based narrative is … More Writing in Place: Drafting a Location-Based Narrative
Today, as usual, we are going to have a peer response workshop that mirrors the principles of the unit we’ve been working in. We are going to build a hypertext, multimedia interactive narrative by giving feedback to individual stories of our peers. I’ve created a series of hyperlinked Google Docs organized around the principles of … More Choose an Action: Interactive Peer Workshop
As we’ve said, the defining feature of an interactive narrative is active user participation: you must have a story, but your reader must participate in its progress or outcome. As we’ve seen from our reading, there are a variety of ways to engage your readers in your narrative, and a spectrum of how deeply you … More If, Then: Writing Interactive Narratives
Today, we’re going to practice the fine art of using found content to create something new, by using the super-accessible art form of the meme! I want us to see how we can take up the challenge of creativity within the constraints of found content. Your challenge is as follows: to use the images and … More Mash-Up Memes