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

Work, Together

Our first digital project, beginning this week, will be an exercise in collaboration. Your group will work together to create a digital text that embodies one of the varied methods of collaboration endemic to the digital environment. Any of the texts that we’ve read, discussed, referenced, or anything that any of what we’ve read reminds … More Work, Together

No Less Real or True: Creating Your Digital Identity

The phrase in the title of this blog post is from our reading on Catfish: The TV Show, which explores the nature of creating an identity in a world where you can be completely physical disembodied from that identity. In many ways, that is exactly what your digital portfolio is: a constructed, virtual version of … More No Less Real or True: Creating Your Digital Identity

Cut Outs & Mad Libs: Exercises in Analog Generative Lit

Since we will not be meeting as a class on Wednesday, I’d like you all to engage in two short experiments with generative literature, as practice for your own project. What You’ll Need: Two existing bodies of text you can mess with: this may be several pages of a magazine, poetry, a print-out of a news … More Cut Outs & Mad Libs: Exercises in Analog Generative Lit