This semester has presented me with opportunities to create several critical memes. From teaching how to create memes that present complex ideas and critiques in my Digital Media Criticism course to a fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico that has led to an indefinite student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, I have had plenty of inspiration to explore this popular digital media genre. So here are some of my most recent memes.
My most recent one is inspired by this meme about Republicans planning to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
This series was inspired by Puerto Rico’s National Strike on May 1, 2017– a massive peaceful protest against austerity measures that was misrepresented by the media and many people when a small group of people engaged in vandalism after the event had concluded.
Finally, when Governor Ricky Rosselló, who repeatedly stated during his campaign that the debt could be paid and that he wouldn’t declare bancruptcy, declared bankruptcy, I created these two memes (click to enlarge).
I don’t know how much of an impact these memes will have, but they’re fun to create and circulate nicely in social media. My most successful one has received of 4,500 shares between Facebook and Twitter since it was launched a week ago. Most importantly, they allow me to express my perspective on current events while I practice my skills on and learn about what makes this such a popular digital genre.
And before anyone corrects me on this, I will clarify that I’m aware that:
Digital Humanities Awards are a set of entirely open annual awards run as a DH awareness raising activity. The awards are nominated and voted for entirely by the public. These awards are intended to help put interesting DH resources in the spotlight and engage DH users (and general public) in the work of the community.
I have been nominated twice for DH awards in the past for I ♥︎ E-Poetry, earning the following awards:
Networked Narratives is an open connected course of digital storytelling, world building, civic imagination, and a bit of digital alchemy. Join a group of registered students at Kean University for a journey starting January 16, 2017
The studio visit was recorded via Google Hangouts on Air and is now published on YouTube (see below) and beautifully documented and annotated (via Hypothes.is) in their website.
Thank you, Mia, Alan, and all the participants for the invitation and putting together such a wonderful experience and resource!
I am pleased to share the good news that I have been chosen to serve as the next Interim Director of the Department of English at UPR: Mayagüez.
I wish to thank all the colleagues who supported my candidacy with their vote, writing, and encouragement. This couldn’t have happened without you.
I also wish to thank my wife Kara and my mother Nelsie for their incredible support. I couldn’t do it without your help. And thanks to my loving children Blake and Olivia for their patience with me as I become busier over the next few years.
I especially want to thank Interim Dean Fernando Gilbes Santaella and Chancellor John Fernandez Van Cleve for placing their trust in me.
I’m looking forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to strengthen and transform our English Department so that it can better serve our students, our University, Puerto Rico, and the world in the challenging times ahead.
Digital Media Criticism (INGL 3300) is concerned with the production of criticism using a variety of writing genres and formats developed and facilitated in digital media. The students will research, write, and produce criticism of a variety of works available in print and digital media, while learning the genres and conventions of digital genres, such as: blogging, podcasts, videos, listicles, social media performances, electronic literature, and live streaming performances. The course will be taught next semester only on M,W 4:30-5:45 pm. Here’s the flyer.
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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
Este es el comienzo de una serie de columnas mensuales acerca de la literatura electrónica, su historia, trayectoria, tradiciones en distintos países, idiomas y las tecnologías utilizadas. En esta serie se podrán vislumbrar algunos de los futuros potenciales de la palabra en los medios digitales, más allá de los ebooks. Este tipo de escritura es importante tanto como fenómeno literario como una manera de promover y cultivar el alfabetismo digital. El mercado de empleos del presente y futuro lo requiere y nuestro sistema educativo debe incorporarlo por el bien de nuestro pueblo puertorriqueño.
Both Graduate Research Assistantships are for 300 hours of work during this 2016-17 academic year, divided into 10 hours/week for 15 weeks each semester. The assistantships pay $12 per hour for a total of $1,800 per semester, $3,600 for the whole academic year. These assistantships do not pay for tuition, fees, or other benefits.
To qualify for these assistantships you need to be enrolled full time in a graduate program at UPRM and be available for both semesters of the 2016-17 academic year. The assistantship will be renewed for the Spring 2017 semester based on excellent performance during the Fall 2016 semester. Here’s a general listing of the requirements and duties associated for both assistantships:
Duties: Programming work for I ♥︎ E-Poetry and DH Internship related projects, developing WordPress plugins and themes, programming a Jekyll port of I ♥︎ E-Poetry, from Ruby back-end to front end template design, and performing other related programming tasks.
Requirements: Fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Meticulous, editorial-level mastery of writing in Spanish. Interest in translation, poetry, literary criticism, and electronic literature.
Duties: Translation work for I ♥︎ E-Poetry, help leading and training DH Internship team in translation and porting of I ♥︎ E-Poetry resources, editorial work, and performing other related tasks.
In support of this project, the UPRM has assigned 3 credits of my time for two semesters this academic year to dedicate to the project. The FPH will fund two graduate research assistants (a programmer and a translator), an external technical advisor, and some of the online costs for the project.
I’m thrilled to launch this project and am very grateful to the UPRM administration and the FPH for their support.