The Remix as Transformative Storytelling

I’ve spoken a lot in my work before about fan fiction and the potential it has for transformative, subversive social and political commentary on narrative discourse and ‘D’iscourse. Above is a remix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight (with a little bit of Harry Potter thrown in for good measure) used to “hack” pop culture and make various tropes and discourses transparent. The creator explains:

In this remixed narrative, Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s an example of transformative storytelling serving as a visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy’s eyes some of the more patriarchal gender roles and sexist Hollywood tropes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed in hilarious ways.

I think this is very clever and I’m keen to use it with my students to illustrate aspects of digital culture and transformative works.

The Good, The Bad and the Wiki: Wikis in Classrooms

Here are two articles about the use of wikis in education:

I had been using blogs for several years until last year when i went a bit wiki crazy and everything was all about the wiki. I am quite liking nings too but haven’t ever used those yet with a group. I need to give the wiki more robust experimentation as I don’t think I am getting the most of them yet. So semester 2 students, you’d best learn all you can about wikis in advance because we’ll be using them!

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