explorations of mediated culture

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
by Michael Wesch
and the Digital Ethnography Working Group

Presentation at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008. This was tons of fun to present. I decided to forgo the PowerPoint and instead worked with students to prepare over 40 minutes of video for the 55 minute presentation.

The Machine is Us/ing Us.
by Michael Wesch
First Released on January 31st 2007

"Web 2.0" in just under 5 minutes. I was inspired to make this video while writing a paper about web 2.0. Struggling to find a way to put it into words, I decided to make this video to show it rather than tell it. For more information on my goals and ideas behind this video, check out my interview with John Battelle.

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Information R/evolution
by Michael Wesch
October 12th 2007

This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.

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If you are interested in this topic, check out Clay Shirky's work and David Weinberger's Everything is Miscellaneous.

A Vision of Students Today
by Michael Wesch
October 12th 2007

This short video summarizes some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

Music by Try^d: http://tryad.org/listen.html

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The Internet has a Face.
by Becky Roth, Class of '07
April 7th 2007

Since YouTube's beginnings in 2005, the website has hosted not just coca cola and mentos experiments, but a network of vloggers who have meaningful interactions beyond the limits of text. This video was created to explore the content and purpose of vlogs, as well as the networking and interconnectivity as users respond and reach out to each other within and beyond the YouTube website.

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