This week has been a busy one! Along with the new semester beginning, I also had a root canal, visited some friends, and started lessons with a new student in my private tutoring “business.” Because I knew I’d have so much going on, I made sure to get my set-up and DDAs done during our previous class.
I went back into some of the older DDAs (at the time of class) and completed them, and then I did the in-class DDA as well.
Here are the links to my DDA tweets:
Of these, I feel like 129 inspired the most reflection. Despite how often I use the Internet, I’ve never thought of making a map of it before. In fact, despite the prepositions and terms we generally use with the Internet (“citizen of the Internet,” “on the Internet,” “in the Internet,” “visit a website,” etc.), I’ve never really thought of it as a place, but rather a thing or vehicle. The Internet is such a large, nebulous thing, so I decided to make my map more personal, only the places that I commonly visit, or that play integral roles in my daily life. In my map, I made my PC a spaceship, as upon further reflection, one’s computer is more of a vehicle than the Internet itself. Each category of website took the form of a planet. There was a home planet, a shopping planet, a finances planet, and a research planet. The home planet included websites I visit every day, such as my email, DeviantArt, and Wyzant. The shopping planet included websites I often buy things from, or that facilitate the acts of buying or selling, such as Amazon, Etsy, and PayPal. The finances planet included the websites that allow me to pay bills and check balances. Finally, the research planet included websites and platforms I use to complete assignments or conduct research. In between the home planet and the other planets is an asteroid belt of random Google searches. I decided to represent these random searches as asteroids because they could hit, or be related to, things from any of the other planets, or they could be ephemeral streaks of information that illuminate once, but are never seen again.
It was also really great to be back in the classroom. I didn’t realize how much I’d been missing it until I was there. The familiar faces filled me with a sense of homecoming, and the unfamiliar faces filled me with excitement: I can’t wait to share the unique NetNarr experience with them! It’s like waiting for a kid to open their Christmas presents.