Letter from Dianna
Dear Missy Diana Levi,
I’m glad you had a great time being in our Arganee World. I enjoyed my short interactions with you and we seemed to have a lot in common. You brought up good points about me being “hidden.” I just want to remain anonymous in a way with the online pictures. I want to be seen but not seen at the same time if you know what I mean.
And yes I absolutely love the DDA’s. They have been very fun little challenges that I enjoyed being a part of. I hope you do get to try new things more often too. There’s always so much to gain.
My favorite work of the semester was The Man on The Blue Moped. I put so much work into this and I really loved it a lot. The amount of fun I had in this class surprised me so much. It was like can this really be grad school.
Can’t believe meme making was in February and blackout poetry was something I’m glad I know how to do now. 😀
My biggest weakness was managing to comment on a variety of other people’s posts. I felt like finishing the checklist was my priority at the beginning of the semester. This probably was the result on the focus on getting my grade so commenting fell on the back burner so to speak. But I was able to comment on some people’s blogs at least.
I would tell other future alchemists to relax and have fun. When working with outside participants, it just made the experience a whole lot broader than a small group. My favorite interaction was the studio visit I was in.
In general, I just keep learning more and more that there are many positives that can come off of online interaction. Online interaction really is beneficial to education rather than completely detrimental.
Thanks for the mini poem too Dianna. We’ll talk more soon.
It only seems like our fun had only just begun yesterday. This is some kind of hoax. Just an alchemistic (made this word up) trick to deceive us.
Ahh, to say goodbye to all these alchemist friends I’ve made will be such a hard thing to do. Of course this is a hoax because digital alchemy/network narratives could never die. Even if technology were to come to an end tomorrow. It’s just apart of the human culture. Collaboration has been in existence since the beginning of mankind. Adam and eve, the people who built the Tower of Babel together.
I do wonder if I’ll ever become a true digital alchemist. Rebeg and M Prophetissma were really good at editing and glitching Youtube videos and coding messages. I’m not good at any of this stuff.
However I’ll keep trying to improve my alchemistic skills and I’ll only get better and better in time.
So, I love having multiple online identities and this Netnarr class is allowing us to openly engage in this activity while actively pursuing our education. How about that? Talk about a non-traditional class for sure. But in the past and also in this class, having many online identities becomes seriously overwhelming. Different emails to check, multiple identities to maintain and people to reach out to/reply to. All of these tasks make being more than one person online very challenging for people to deal with in their daily or even weekly lives. So as much as this is fun, it’s a bit overwhelming.
Another great week has come and gone. We didn’t have class this past week but extra breaks are always good. I look forward to whatever secrets Dr. Zamora and Prof. Levine have been keeping from us and can’t wait to get back on the tour and all that. I listened to the Egypt tour and at times the sound was a little unclear but I did find the overall talk interesting and very insightful.
It was a completely awesome experience to hear everyone read and share their piece with the class. I do have to say its hard not to get intimidated when one hears others read their pieces. It’s really hard not to judge yourself and compare your writing accomplishments with others. But I do understand it helps you grow when you listen to what other people are able to do in their own works. Excited to see what we do next. 🙂
I made a Trapped in My Head sound file this past week. This was made from a collection of noises at work- an alarm beeping and phone ringing, professors speaking( mostly Levine can be heard at the end). I also found some heartbeat and breathing files to place inside. The back story would be this is a girl who is a former soldier coming into a campus environment for the first time after being in war. I also had some gun fire audio as well.
Being introduced into the youngwritersproject community was a definitely cool experience for me to be involved in. There really are no words to describe how amazing this is. I barely had enough time to see every single thing on the website but I do see that there are alot of very talented youth on the site and it’s crazy how I can still relate to alot of what they have said in their different pieces.
Tonight’s class was definitely an interesting experience for me. It made me see firsthand how our ideas/opinions are based on what we hear from others, see on media and on television. As I was reflecting on the idea of improvements for bus tours I thought of seeing the visuals of the surrounding environment, greenery, outside and animals, someone in class asked to see through their window (maybe our Professor). Once this happened it became a different experience for all of us and we shared our own environment through our windows.
There was something about seeing mazorca through the google hangout. Like they were there and we can ask them as many questions as we wanted to do. Through this you see how limited Google is in a way. We can see visuals of another place but only the people there can tell us what they experience firsthand and answer our questions for us.
Not only did the window view change this experience but also the folder of different things in the area/house shared by them and people in our class.
This tour opened our discussion of our preconceived notions about other cultures and the politics of today. I look forward to the next one.
Last week of class was fantastic. I don’t think one can ever accurately predict the course of the class each week. They always have something fun and engaging for us students to do. It’s almost like we’re kids but this is too fun. The best part of the class was spending time creating memes from Rheingold’s video on lucid dreaming. I was a little unsure of how far would be too far. In the digital world, one should always be aware of other people’s feelings and consider the long term effects of your actions. Here are the memes I created while in class. I used giphy.com and imgur.com. Here are just a few of what I created this week.
Here’s the best DDA I did this week imo.
I feel like that old man walking in the rain. All the young folks have gotten way ahead of me. This isn’t literally true but I feel like I’m one of the last ones to do my blogs. This week I thought I’d get ahead and while things are fresh in my head I would get this out the way. Rather than worry about blogging about what happened last class all the way next Wednesday, I’ll do it now. Last night, was really enjoyable for me. We discussed the Tuesday fanfiction Studio Visit and it brought a lot of good points up.
I personally believe the best part of the class was when we were given the black out poetry assignment. I had never heard of it before and once we were finished I was totally in love. It is a step by step experience and you have a resource of words at your disposal. Instead of thinking about the best word to use, you find the best word/words to use. The craziest part is when I would use the permanent marker and mistakenly black out the word I need. I would become so focused on getting through all the lines of words I don’t need that I would get carried away. In the end it was an overall great experience and I had a lot of fun. So much fun that I actually did more black out poetry on my own accord at work today. I think I’ll make a masterpiece. 😀
I had an amazing time this week. I had fun using flickr images to tell unique stories. The twitterbots are really cool and innovative.
I thought this week would be a great time to encourage readers to see what I did, search for them on my twitter feed. Sometimes it’s better to show not tell. Make sure to watch the webinar that I was involved in this week. I definitely had a lot of fun and in the future would love to experiment some more with netprov… more to come..