How ironic is that I took a class that I wanted to take but didn’t know I was taking it until I came to class?! (Pretty ironic and awesome is what it is.) There are deep end waters in front of me when it comes to this course that I am not prepared for. However, I somehow managed to hold my nose, close my eyes, and explore what’s under the water. Day one of NetNarr was intimidating and somewhat frightening. I had the same thoughts and feelings that I had when I took ELit last semester. Discussing Post-Truth Politics and Digitial Alchemy on the first day…yikes. I will give myself credit when it comes to me approaching unknown territory. I may be hesitant at first, but I am excited about it.
Going back to talking about Post-Truth Politics, the question was asked, “How do you get a sense of what you can believe, trust in from the information you see online?”. My honest answer is I don’t believe I’ve grabbed a full sense yet. Especially after watching the video clip of Stephen Colbert talking about Post-Truth from the 2016 year of a nightmare in politics. Stephen Colbert on Post-Truth
I’m always second guessing what I see on the internet. Today, between Facebook and Twitter alone, something may look real and truthful but how could we ever know that it is? Reposting is done by everyone who is active on the internet. What makes me, I would say nervous, is me not knowing where that original post came from. Who is the person behind the words? What was the purpose of them creating that post in the first place? Will they gain something for themselves from posting something that is not true? These are only some of the questions I think about.
However, if these questions arrive in my brain, why is it more difficult to stay away? If anything I am drawn more and more to the spiraling ways of the unknown internet and sometimes, if not most of the time, neglecting the beautiful parts of it. The image below explains just that. My eyes are glued to the spirals when the flowers are just as pretty.
I’m interested in learning about another community in the online world. Just like ELit I have high expectations of something that I know absolutely nothing about. I want to have a collection of multimodal projects and reflections by the of this course that will hopefully continue even after the semester is done!
Stay tuned for next week for a more fleshed out blog about NetNarr and the jewels that come with it! In the meantime, check out my first completed DDA through my Twitter handle. #dda241