This is a wrap-up from Levine's Networked Narratives class at Kean University. Mostly it's what we would expect, but I wanted to highlight this: "I have grown to love the concept I learned from Mia of having an over all shape or major parts of the course outlined as a “spine” but filling in details as we went, rather than committing everything to a detailed syllabus." Ah, the spine, linking in resources and services as needed. Enjoy my hand-drawn version of this old standby from 1997.
I talk about diversity as a core value in learning networks, so the question for me is whether this discussion of diversity adds to that. According to the author, reporting on a Spanish study, "diversity usually means one of three things: demographic diversity (our gender, race, sexual orientation, and so on), experiential diversity (our affinities, hobbies, and abilities), and cognitive diversity (how we approach problems and think about things)." Each of these seems to me to be trivialized in this article. None of the following are mentioned: culture, background, language, experience and trauma, disability, competencies, values, religion, and origin of a sense of self-worth.
The headline should probably read 'influence' rather than 'control'. Still, the idea of a movie you can influence with your mind raises new possibilities for interactive media. Whileyou wear a NeuroSky MindWave headset, "scenes, music, and animation change every time you watch it, depending on the meanderings of your mind." The movie, "a 27-minute avant-garde tale called The Moment," was created by Richard Ramchurn, a graduate student at the University of Nottingham.
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