Published in May 2019, this issue of the Arganee Journal will featured sections written by students and participants Spring 2019 class of Networked Narratives.
Each piece of writing is a review of one specific issue of concern about the internet of 2019, following ones we studied, e.g. the surveillance economy, digital identity theft, fake news, digital redlining, toxic data, self expression, bots. Writers were not asked to “fix” or “solve” these big problems, but offer suggestions for individuals how to better thrive in these environments, hence the idea of a “field guide”.
They are written as a dialogue between the students and their invented digital alchemist mentor and will include links to the “notes in the field” left as web annotations.
Please read and comment on the field guide sections authored by our 2019 class.
Field Guide Specifications
Much latitude is provided for how a field guide entry is constructed as it is meant to be a creative project, but should include the following items.
But what you are being asked to compose may be thought of as a lengthy blog post, infused with media, and intensively hyperlinked.
- The field guide is written/published as a dialogue between you and your digital alchemist mentor. The creative task is representing this as a conversation, e.g. in letter writing, embedded tweets back and forth. There ought to be some level of question and answer or even disagreement. Use twitter too as a means for your interaction to take place. The conversation should also include others.
- In the opening, the topic is be presented as a “problem”, that it is more than just “interesting.” What makes it a danger? to whom? what are the implications of not paying attention to it? How does it characterize the less benign state of internet in 2019? Make a strong case as to why this is important.
- The research content must include multiple references (attribution, citations, and extensive hyperlinks) that are woven into your dialogue. Some of those references can be “counter arguments” (not all references need to be supportive of your argument).
- You are your avatar must leave Hypothes.is field notes “out in the wild” on your sources; We suggest 3+ minimum per source and link to them as needed in your guide. Also use tag
fieldguidein all annotations. This provides a way to link to all of your annotations, e.g. https://hypothes.is/users/rebeg?q=tag%3Afieldguide
- Include several forms media in your field guide, embedded video, original memes / GIFs
- The field guide must include have specific reccommended steps– actions people can do in response to the issue and/or to better aware. You are not tasked with finding solutions to the problem, just the ways individuals can more safely and sanely participate in the Internet of 2019.
- Credit your digital alchemist mentor. Include an end section that includes information about your alchemist- image, a general description, link to the profile doc you created, link to twitter account, link to hypothes.is account– see below for one example.
Thanks to an Alchemist
With great thanks to my digital alchemist mentor Rebeg Maestro (see profile), re-shaped this year on Twitter as Vulpes Internetus. Rebeg appears in form of a fox, but known as a shape shifter, sometimes seen as a wizard like cartoon character. They are skilled at hacking, media production, reading code, finding links, communicating in lost languages. Rebeg sees things to the end and is able to dig for the things not known by others. Yet, also Rebeg is impatient and tires of people stuck in apathy. Sometimes overly sarcastic and appears to be dismissive. But Rebeg is very generous alchemist as shown in the annotations left for me.