Welcome to the Netnarr Somniporta, a dream doorway from the world you may think is real. In this place, for the Networked Narratives course starting in January 2019, we will issue several digital alchemy missions that are a call for you to find, create media, and return it here.
This mission is part of the activity for our first class. We’re asserting that the internet has become a much more dark and worrisome place. But is that true for you? How do you see the internet?
Many of us spend hours per day on the internet. Do we have a map or a model in our head? a physical metaphor? Do we know where we are in it? And what does the climate there look like?
Kevin Kelly’s Internet Mapping Project asks people to draw and share their map:
The internet is vast. Bigger than a city, bigger than a country, maybe as big as the universe. It’s expanding by the second. No one has seen its borders.
And the internet is intangible, like spirits and angels. The web is an immense ghost land of disembodied places. Who knows if you are even there, there.
Yet everyday we navigate through this ethereal realm for hours on end and return alive. We must have some map in our head.
This is an activity you should do as a drawing of the way you see the internet (personally). With a pen or pencil (or crayon) Download the map template (PDF), print it out, and draw your map. Include where you are in it, but also, add something that indicates how you see the climate there, or what you might have to worry about.
Maybe something like this previous NetNarr student, it need not be a detailed map, it represents your own perspective.
— Rikke Omlid (@RareRikke) January 24, 2018
When your drawing is finished, take a digital photo of it, then drop it onto the Somniporta— be sure to select the Mission Type to be Internet Mapping Project. Add some explanation as to why this is your map and how bad (or good) is the climate.