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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Wesch’

Happy Independence Day!

DSC03170.JPGWe’re off for the day celebrating the birth of our nation, but we wanted to leave you with something today … just in case you are chained to you desk.

This week, we were lucky enough to see Kansas State University professor and anthropologist Michael Wesch‘s presentation about YouTube and Internet culture at the Personal Democracy Forum. Wesch rose to prominence in the YouTube community thanks to a short video he made in 2007 called “The Machine is Us/ing Us.” While we wait for someone to post a high res version of his presentation from Tuesday, here is a similar presentation Wesch did last year at the Library of Congress. It’s long, but its worth it.

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Wrapping Up At The Personal Democracy Forum

pdf.pngThe past couple days have been filled with a flurry of panels and presentations about technology, politics and new media. There’s been so much information flying around, its hard to sort through all the noise. That’s why we were so pleasantly surprised by Kansas State University professor Michael Wesch‘s presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum this morning about YouTube and the new media generation.

As a cultural anthropologist, Wesch examines how YouTube — and social media Web sites like Twitter and Facebook — have made people voyeurs and over-sharers. His entrancing presentation, which included some popular YouTube videos and their tributes, remixes and satires, drew the only standing ovation we saw at PDF.

This afternoon, we sat in on a panel about how the “Internet Ecosystem” can improve journalism — a topic we have ruminated upon ourselves. Moderated by PDF founder Andrew Rasiej, the panel included Frank Rich of The New York Times, Time magazine’s Karen Tumulty, Dan Gillmor of the Center for Citizen Media and NPR’s Scott Simon.

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