Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural
anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on human interaction (and the impact of human interaction on new media).
After two years studying the impact of
writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New
Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and
digital technology on global society. His videos on technology,
education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over ten languages,
and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major
academic conferences. Wesch has won several major awards for his
work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award and the John Culkin Award for
Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology. He is also a multiple award-winning teacher whose teaching projects are frequently featured in the
Chronicle of Higher Education and other major media outlets worldwide.
Wesch is currently serving on the Editorial Board of
Advisors for Encyclopaedia Britannica.