Work, Together

Listen, digital writing can be weird and hard and overwhelming, so, to ease into it, for your first assignment, you won’t have to go it alone. Your first narrative project in this class will be an exercise in collaboration. You’ll conceive the narrative, but you’ll work with others (who? that’s up to you!) to create … More Work, Together

Creative Kleptomaniacs

Art is theft. — Pablo Picasso What Austin Kleon calls “creative kleptomania” has been given many names by many different artists, writers, and makers throughout history. Sampling. Remixing. Uncreative writing. Plagiarism. Whatever you call it, the idea at its core is simple, if abrasive: nothing we create is fully original. Everything builds on what came … More Creative Kleptomaniacs

No Less Real or True: Where the Physical and the Digital Intersect, Overlap, and Re-imagine Each Other

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

Writing in Place: Drafting a Location-Based Narrative

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

This is the Remix

Creation requires influence.  Ideas are not property. Discovery belongs to us all. These are just some of the ideas we’ll be exploring in our next unit on appropriated narratives. For perhaps the first time ever in your academic career, I am requiring you to plagiarize. In doing so, remember Kirby Ferguson’s mantra: Copy. Transform. Combine. … More This is the Remix