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The Center for Digital Storytelling – An Appreciation

I spent much of last week in Chicago co-teaching a workshop for the Center for Digital Storytelling hosted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ve co-taught workshops for CDS before, and they never fail to surprise me. I think that’s what I like most about the workshops. Surprise. Discovery. It’s not that CDS re-invents the format every time they teach a workshop. In fact, most of CDS’s…

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“Holy Cow Lisa” – A Beautiful Digital Story by Bianca Giaever

For all you budding digital storytellers out there. This is the best digital story you’ll watch today, or this week, or this year. Just watch: Holy Cow Lisa from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo. I’ve never met Bianca, but something tells me she’s an amazing person. Someone who knows how to see; someone who knows how to tell. And what not to tell. I hope she finds the peace that she…

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Video Exercise: Burning Paper on Blue Plate

This is just a short experiment. I’m trying to get into the habit of thinking with my camera. Sort of in the same way that I think through words (essays, reflections, grades, etc.) and sketching (furniture plans, text layout, web design, etc.) In this video, I was thinking through: depth of field, composing within the frame, unpredictability, subtle action, semiotic soundtrack impact, and indirect light.   burning paper on blue…

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Twitter. Just get started.

(This post is cross-posted here at the Scholar Electric blog.) My good friend, Tony, has been bugging me for a while now to explain to him how to use Twitter as an English/New-Media/Writing-Studies/Digital-Humanities scholar. I’ve tried, several times now, to explain how twitter works, and how to use it effectively. For me, the idea of “using” Twitter doesn’t really right true. Instead, I tend to think of Twitter as a…

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Some Transmedia Experimentation

This is just a simple post to illustrate my own usage of two great digital media resources: Cowbird.com and SoundCloud.com. Here’s a link to a short digital text I posted on Cowbird: “…that kind of vision that diffuses itself.” And here’s an embedded audio recording of the same story via SoundCloud:

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The Zoom H1 Portable Audio Recorder. (#NewMediaScholar Review)

What is it? The Zoom H1 is a portable digital audio recorder. Sort of a twenty-first century version of a tape recorder, or even a micro cassette recorder. Basically, it’s a great tool to get audio into your computer. If you’re planning on incorporating audio components into your scholarship or teaching practices, you’ll likely find it worth it to pick one up. (Zoom’s official product page.)   Uses for a…

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New Media Scholarship: Regarding Tools

Let’s say you’re ready to take the plunge and get started incorporating some digital media tools into your scholarship or classroom. First… You. Are. Awesome. … Okay, that said, you gotta have a plan. Hopefully, you’re the sort of person whose plans emerge from what you want to accomplish. So… questions: What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to study new media texts as part of your scholarship?…

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Cave… Movies?: Nothing New about New Media

Maxim: Some new media is old. And all media, at some point, has been new. Even the old stuff. Film was once new media; radio, too. Just how old can new media get? Ancient. We’re talking cave-painting old. I just ran across a post (“Stoneage Artists Created Prehistoric Movies”) at Discover News blog which points to an article in the June issue of Antiquity. The article suggests that certain techniques…

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What Books are Libraries For?

(cross-posted here at the Scholar Electric blog) Books take many forms, and that variety of forms constantly growing more expansive and fluid. This phenomenon is due in large part to the encroachment of digital technologies on the world of readers, writers, publishers, and other stakeholders. But one of the stakeholders often left out of public discussions (and most academic discussion, as well) are libraries and librarians. To the extent that you might…

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Old-School Wonder: Color Moving Pictures and New Media Scholarship

(cross-posted here at the Scholar Electric blog) Curators/scholars at the UK’s New Media Museum have unearthed what appears to the “the first colour moving pictures,” or, more simply, the world’s first color movie. Whoa. I’m not sure why, but this discovery really move me. And this morning, I find myself reflecting again on what it is that makes New Media so special to me. Watch for yourself… So why do…

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