Digital Ethnography

Information R/evolution

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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.


  1. Joshua Farber

    October 22, 2007

    Is there a NON YouTube (downloadable) version of this video available that you can point me to? I’m hoping to use this (and your excellent Web 2.0 video, which I did find here as a .mov, thanks) to help my 8th grade computer literacy class in our upcoming unit on mind/culture/information/technology.


  2. Joshua Farber

    October 22, 2007

    Forgot to mention: youtube (and all streaming) is blocked by our district filter, which is why I’m askin’.

    (Before anyone complains: the blocking is absolutely not my call, folks — and a constant struggle between myself and the too-understaffed-and-underfunded-to-manage-a-better-solution IT director. Happily, no one minds if I let students talk about how they feel about blocking/filtering as part of the unit!)

  3. Mike Kuffel

    October 22, 2007

    I use your videos in a class I contribute to that introduces new government employees to social computing, Web 2.0 software. I’m thankful for the higher quality versions of “The Machine.” Do you have higher quality versions of the “Information R/evolution?” The YouTube versions are just not good enough for widescreen display.

  4. Kenley

    October 24, 2007

    Thanks for posting the transcript for A Vision of Students; do you have one for Information R/evolution too?

  5. RR

    October 26, 2007

    Edited on Final Cut or what? For screen capture, what did you use?


  6. Julia

    October 28, 2007

    I am only a child, but seeing this reminds me of the constant struggle of students today. Teachers, no matter how much they want to, cannot see through a student’s eyes. A child has many more difficulties than school, and school is not on the very top of their priorities list. This would be their life if it was: Wake up, after a half night’s sleep due to extra hours of studying for school. Take a shower, to be presentable in school. Eat so they can make it through the day in school. And hurry to the bus, so they can get to school. At school they would take notes, so they can remember school, they will listen to the teacher talk, about school and its importance, and they will walk through the halls of the school silently, in order to get to another class, which teaches how school is important, in another way, in which they will repeat the cycle. Then they will get home, and they will do work, for school, and then spend hours studying for school, and then go to bed to be slightly refreshed for the cycle of school the next day.

    It would be heart-breaking to see a child do this. That is why you have to make sure to encourage you students to have lives OUTSIDE of school, and to bring those lives INSIDE of school. Not to cause disruption, but to let them know that school is ONLY a means to help prepare them for the fuller life after such schooling, and that school is only PART of the means that help prepare them.

  7. matilda2007

    November 5, 2007 today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.
    Product page:
    Direct download link:
    Company web-site:

  8. Emmanuel Barthe

    November 7, 2007

    Your video demonstrates very well the changes we have been through recently in the research and information management industry and the necessity and interest to adapt ourselves to the new Web 2.0 collaborative tools.

    But you don’t offer the big picture. In my opinion, your video misses important points :
    * information is more easily available, sure. But the mass of information available has grown so much that the best information is still not easily available to the average patron
    * categories (in the best online platforms) and experts are still the best way to get to reliable information in the quickest way
    * talking about searching for accurate information, librarians, especially, do it better
    * quick, reliable info has a cost. Often a high one. The economics of information (for instance : the scientific publishers oligoly and rising prices strategy) shouldn’t be ignored.

    More (in French) :

    Emmanuel Barthe
    law librarian

  9. Cicely Riccardo

    January 25, 2012

    I didn’t know that. Thanks for taking the time to enlighten me. I’ll be sure to come back to see what else you can teach me!

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