An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube

Presentation at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008 by Michael Wesch and the Digital Ethnography Working Group

More from Michael Wesch:

The Machine is Us/ing Us 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 interview with John Battelle.

Information R/evolution released on 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.

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

More on youtube here: http://mediatedcultures.net/youtube.htm