Digital Ethnography

  1. Prof Wesch

    Digital Media and Learning Competition

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    Many of you know about this competition, but I want to make sure the word gets out, especially to our younger readers (18-25) who have some innovative ideas.  Awards range from $5,000 – $30,000 for young innovators, and $30,000 – $250,000 for large-scale projects.  You can check out last year’s...
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    Aesthetic Arrest

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    In my recent presentation on YouTube I mention the idea that we can sometimes experience moments of “aesthetic arrest” while watching YouTube.  This was mentioned in the context of Domino1023′s insightful reply to Boh3m3′s question, “Why do you Tube?” in which she says,  “It allows you to watch other people without staring at...
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    Context Collapse

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    After watching my presentation on YouTube, several people have asked me for a specific definition of “context collapse.”  Here is an excerpt taken from the middle of a paper called “YouTube and You: Experiences of Self-Awareness in the Context Collapse of the Recording Webcam” that I recently submitted for peer-review.   (Skip to...
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    The Little Glass Dot

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    Several people have requested the text for the little poem I recited toward the end of my Library of Congress presentation on YouTube.  It is based on the famous words of Carl Sagan reflecting on an image of earth taken from a distance by Voyager 1 in 1990.  In that...

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Our work explores how humans use media, how media uses us, and how we can use new media to reveal our insights in new ways.

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