"ïn the midst of a fabulous array of historically unprecedented and utterly mind-boggling stimuli ... Whatever."
October 25, 2009 12:21 AM Subscribe
"They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd".
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Michael Wesch presents; The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube, and the Politics of Authenticity
to the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center (fittingly SLYT)
In the talk he briefly touches on and adds some update to his An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube; previously on th'blue.
The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, 'You know, somebody should ...' there were lots of people saying, 'So I did this, this, and this, and now Im working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate ...' In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call critical optimism.
-Michael Wesch, on the experience of the Personal Democracy Forum.
Marshall McLuhan said in 1967 that today's child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules.“
-increases in this 'information:access' gap as a trend have only increased since then... What large institutions can afford to roll out technology wise to students in a broad manner is limited; individual students are accustomed to easily adapting to high-technology gadgets, they speak digital fluently, they are digital natives
You may also find interesting this video
created by digital ethnologist Michael Wesch and his 200 students enrolled in ANTH 200: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, in Spring of 2007- it speaks on this gap (in a very watchable-visual way)
There seems to always be consistently a lot of input added at his Digital Ethnography
@ Kansas State University
blog on mediated cultures
Of further note is his creative and integrated approach to using netvibes
as a tool in his digital tool kit.
Ps. Anyone up for consolidating all the "humanities" under the over-arch of Archaeology&Anthropology?- like triceratops encircling their young!