Tracing Photo Back to a Personal Account

Mike Caulfield on his blog Hapgood (or should we call him HapGoogle) shows us a “work outloud” on fact-checking and the unsung art of the crap detection. I will be using this example in my class next semester as well as creating a few of my own for the new year.

I like to think of this as a re-telling of a very old story of the examined versus the unexamined life.  Caulfield’s post is an extended paean to the former. All hail the HapGoogle.


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Three Networked Narratives


This is the tale of three networked narratives. I am jumping the gun a bit on Alan Levine and Mia Zamora’s online course, Elements of Networked Narrative (Spring 2017) by offering a trio of narratives to others should they wish to share.

  1. Imzy
  2. Job Descripto

I am broadcasting seed on the internet’s pastures and…..maybe these aren’t networked narratives? They are on networks, but are they narratives? My naive definition is that if it tells a story and you invite others to make it with you over a shared space–networked narrative, right? Except somebody’s got to join and a social tipping point needs reaching. Yes?

So, starting ad hoc narrative networks and expecting the goats to come down and eat–that isn’t sufficient for a networked narrative, is it? I feel like a lowly assistant in Edison’s lab looking for just the right filament for the light bulb. Let’s try this shoelace. 1000th try? Nope. Howsabout this gherkin? 1001st try? Nope.

Been listening to Timothy Wu, The Attention Merchants, and his observations late in the book about the ‘death’ of blogging are on point.

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Networked Narrative: Challenge, RFP and Manifesto

Alan Levine has written a post that is equal parts manifesto, challenge, and request for proposals from all “potential collaborators”.  I took the emphasis in between the quotes to be on “potential” collaborators, folks who are adept at find the potentials in various kinds of collaborative play.
That made me want to be a potential collaborator if only I knew what the job description was for that position.  I made my thoughts concrete on the stage here:
2016-12-15_08-13-29Then I created a narrative scaffold for crowdsourcing the creation of a job description for the position of “Potential Collaborator”. I borrowed a job description template from MIT and formified it in google. This is my opening proposal to document and map the elusive concept of ‘potential collaborator’.  You can fill it out here if you wish and as you wish.


It looks like some person has made a response already:


Levine has already made it clear that alt-personalities are allowed. Here are some other assumptions I pull from what I have read so far as an informal credo:

1. Invitation trumps permission.
2. There is something called digital magick and alchemistry.
3. The function of the elusive narrative is to open adjacencies, doors to other and sometimes secret spaces.
4. As above, so below–the hermetic creed rules.
5. Creation is combinatorial.
6. Feedforward is not only possible, it is desirable.
7. Improv and infinite game play are possible in a networked space.
8. There should be no limit to the channels an emergent community can create.
9. Formal and informal networked narratives can co-exist somehow.
10. Praxis is the equal of theory.
11. No one knows everything, everyone knows something.
12. We can change the world for the better.


Please add to this below, another narrative network in Hackpad: