And off we go…

Wow.  It is our second week of #NetNarr and the momentum is most certainly starting to build.  I know most of your faces, and I know many of your names, even though we are just getting this learning-party started ;).  The #dda tweets are streaming in.  They are already full of jest, and smarts, and fun.

Since we reached maximum capacity in our former lecture room, we have moved to bigger spaces (SH Aud B & SH Aud A) where we can stretch out and not feel so cramped.

Last week was orientation, and this we kicked off our discussion of digital art by considering early tech history & some 20th century art movements  – each lens opening up a context for the work of today’s digital artists.  If you are interested in looking back at our discussions, here are the slides from Lecture 3 and Lecture 4.  I am pretty sure that we have covered enough “food for thought” to lend you something to ponder or reflect upon for your first #NetNarr blog (due by Sunday):

We also had our inaugural #NetNarr Studio Visit this week, with special guest Brett Gaylor, the creator of the award winning web documentary “Do Not Track“.   Perhaps you would like to consider the discussion here as part of your blog reflection?  There is much to ponder in the dynamic conversation we had:

In lab this week, I invite you all to make a meme (or a few) about #NetNarr, and tweet them to our #NetNarr stream.  What is a meme? 

A ‘meme’ is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. The “meme” word was first introduced by evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins in 1976. “Meme” comes from the Greek word “mimema” (meaning “something imitated”). Dawkins described memes as a being a form of cultural propagation – a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas in the digital age. Not unlike the way that DNA and life will spread from location to location, a meme idea will also travel from mind to mind.  The bulk of internet memes will continue to be humor based, but as meme makers become more sophisticated in their thinking (…hint hint #NetNarr), expect memes to also become more intellectual, philosophical, more savvy.  So let’s get some #NetNarr memes rolling this week…  And let’s see what kind of meaning about our online community we can generate by the simple creation of a meme.

So, what is coming up for next week?

Here are the details about Dr. Leonardo Flores‘ Wednesday lecture on “Third Generation Electronic Literature”:

Onsdag31.01.2018, 12:15-14:00
Rom: Sydneshaugen skole, Auditorium D

**Remember that class on Thursday next week is cancelled in lieu of Dr. Flores’ lecture on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend, and see you all here….or there…

Dr. Zamora

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