Write a tabloid headline for ds106 and the opening sensational paragraph

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DS106 Spawn of Alien Invasion!

Written by karenatsharon on July 17, 2013 3:33 pm
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July 17, 2013

In a move no one expected, an alien race from Epsilon Eridani has laid claim to being the creators of DS106. No reason for the disclosure was given and the Eridani are being particularly elusive in answering the media’s questions as to the underlying purpose of DS106. Hits on the DS106 website have soared to over 2 billion in the last 24 hours and have shut down the internet world wide. The overall economic loss is estimated to be over 6 trillion currently and all major stock markets are closed. On the national front, the army has been mobilized and placed on high alert. World leaders, the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury have issued calls for calm.

However, Professor Jim Groom, from the University of Mary Washington, and supposed founder of DS106, has denied all allegations that DS106 is an alien invention, designed to rot the brain of helpless participants to help prepare for the alien invasion. “I just wanted to have people makes some art, dammit!” has been the only response from the besieged academic. The FBI has taken Professor Groom into protective custody and begun an investigation into DS106.

Next: What did they know and when did they know it? DS106 Exposed!


Written by Sandy Brown Jensen on July 16, 2013 3:00 am
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SHOCKER! The notoriously labyrinthine DS 106 Assignment Bank has been hacked into by a bevy of desperate Las Vegas aging ex showgirls. The unwary student clicking on the designator “Digital Fun and Games” encounters a giant gif of rapidly repeating ruby red lip puckers with a flashing neon promise, ” Will do anything with anyone at any time. No perverts, please.”

When admin efforts were made to take the offending material off line, NSA spyware inadvertently tapped him into Ed Snowden’s Kindle download queue in the Moscow airport. The Venezuelan president will be flying over French airspace in a race to untangle the incipient international crisis.

Where is Tina now?

Written by StefanieJ on July 16, 2013 2:02 am
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DS106’s Talky Tina and Talky Tim were soaring up to the sky with Hundreds of bright balloons.

After the famous Talky Tina was expected to be back in her box, she has been spotted this evening together with her so far secret boyfriend Talky Tim. Hundreds of Australians watched them rising up into the sky together with hundreds of glowing balloons (mainly pink colored) and then heading to the north. It is supposed the lucky couple has just married and will have their honey moon together with polar bears and penguins. Rumors say it is all just a trick. Talky Tina will return soon to be again part of ds106 activities.


Written by Christina Hendricks (@clhendricksbc) on July 16, 2013 1:52 am
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On July 15, a woman in her 40s—who wants to be identified only as CH—made an actual UFO in her own backyard while participating in the online course ds106. CH managed to not only make the UFO, which was of considerable size, but also to take a very clear image of it, providing irrefutable proof of its existence. Over the years there have been may UFO naysayers, but CH has shown that her UFO is definitely real: she took a picture of it and posted it online. “I just used cardboard and tin foil,” CH said, “so it was pretty easy. Then I took a picture with my phone, uploaded it to GIMP, and layered it on top of an image of a sky at night.” In an interview with Daily Create News, CH revealed that she has only recently learned how to use GIMP as part of ds106, but that she already feels quite comfortable with it. “That’s the great thing about ds106—there are so many people ready to help you when you run into problems.”

Daily Create News has learned that CH is moving on to making aliens next, having gotten interested in them while watching old episodes of the U.S. television show, The Twilight Zone. We hope to bring you images of her real, actual aliens next week, again showing the world that they really do exist.

[Playing here off of the old Weekly World News tabloid, which I used to see around a lot when I was younger. Apparently it still exists, but seems much less interesting now www.weeklyworldnews.com]

106 Reasons You Should Consider

Written by melindakumi on July 16, 2013 12:29 am
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ds106 is the world’s most powerful course – a gale-force of 106-mph so intense it literally knocks socks off your feet. Here are 106 reasons to tremble in fear and be excited for the ds106 course to reach you.

Continue Reading ———————> http://melindakumi.com/2013/07/16/ds106-consider-it/

“Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal!”

Written by Cris Crissman @Cris2B on July 15, 2013 11:21 pm
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The revolt of the computers has begun. NASA scientists revealed on Monday that the first computer to human virus transmission has occurred. DS 106, Digital Storytelling, a famous open online course from University of Mary Washington has infected followers resulting in the rapid spread of the virus worldwide.


Written by Anonymous (yes, that one, the one with the capital A) on July 15, 2013 10:43 pm
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In late-breaking but apparently confirmed news, Summer 2013 ds106zone Icon and Star @iamTalkyTina has suddenly “left the building” and will no longer be sharing her wonderful “Art” and witty “Bub” commentary with the ds106 world. Following a few cryptic and incoherent tweets from her, a photo started to circulate on July 15th via a previously-unknown twitter account, @anuewegcentsix, showing @iamTalkyTina, her eyes closed, and apparently encased within ice. Within a short span of time, a second photo appeared, showing a darker ice, with a perhaps-in-jest text accompaniment, “ice failed, switching to the Carbonite.” Eventually a photo appeared showing @iamTalkyTina, supine in a simple cardboard box, her eyes closed, unmoving.

Tina-handler and mentor @PuppetMaster106 subsequently reported that the last photo was indeed genuine, and indicated that protégé @iamTalkyTina, was, indeed, “back in the box.” He continued, “the ds106zone is over, Groom himself hasn’t made any Art in weeks, and @iamTalkyTina had just outstayed her welcome.”

When asked about Tina’s legion of Friends, New Friends, Open Friends, True Friends, Still True Friends, Super True New Old Radio Friends, Super True Friends and just plain Real Friends, @PuppetMaster106 offered limited comment, but stated that full details, including @iamTalkyTina’s location and resting place will be posted to the @iamTalkyTina.com blog later in the evening, once @iamTalkyTina’s recently-uncovered brother, @iamTalkyTodd, has been located and “informed.”

Digital Stotytelling Goes Analog!

Written by Bill Smith @byzantiumbooks on July 15, 2013 9:35 pm
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In an abrubt change of policy, UMW’s famed ds106 course has been replaced with ass106, Analog Storytelling Simplified. This radical change is a result of the fear that animated GIFs and other media manipulation methods are leading to a false understanding of reality. As newly appointed ass106 Professor Talky Tina says, “ekub au al $*&^@#& s kdkie,” which translates as “Make Art, HubBub.”

Headless DS106 Mysteriously Runs Itself

Written by Rockylou (Rochelle Lockridge) on July 15, 2013 9:09 pm
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Amidst a culture of cost-cutting and outsourcing of education to corporate massive open online courses (MOOCs) a small yet determined group of passionate educators have “organized” a digital storytelling course that can run itself. There is no official leader, although there is a syllabus that can be followed. No one is in charge, but there are plenty of opportunities for any of the global on-line participants to step-up and volunteer to facilitate the focus material of the week during the 15-week course. There are no deadlines or grades, instead suggested assignments and opportunities provided to collaboratively work and learn from others, share their work, and receive feedback to help improve their digital story telling skills.

Some suspect the Illuminati to be supporting this small underground group – encouraging the DS106 group’s subversive tactics with the intent to overthrow the big MOOCs. A secret source was heard to say…“The education system is and has always been ours. The MOOCs have gotten out of control and we need to clip their wings. It’s time to unleash the headless DS106!”

Pearson to Acquire Digital Storytelling Course for $106 Million

Written by CogDog on July 15, 2013 1:57 pm
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July 15, 2013 – Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is today announcing the acquisition of Digital Storytelling aka ds106 from University of Mary Washington or $1o6 million in cash or equivalent in calculus textbooks.

Created in 2011, ds106 is now the world’s leading example of open education in a form that is not the same old lecture and quiz format of competitors. It has enabled 3500 students, teachers, and other internet weirdos (including talking dolls and dead mountain men) to create, publish, and distribute, from a digital space they own, more than 30,000 blog posts, videos, animated GIFs on the open web and benefit from several powerful growth trends including user-generated content, social media and internet syndication technologies.


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New Pearson VP of Animated GiFs Jim Groom is quoted as saying, “This is the most logical extension of our hardwork that it can only be truly world animated at a scale beyond our dreams…. Has anyone seen my Lear Jet? I am due on the set…”