I’ve just finished watching another entertaining & fascinating talk given by Michael Wesch at the Personal Democracy Forum in June. The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity includes a ‘brief history of whatever’ and is definitely worth 30mins of your time. If you’ve not come across him before take a look at my earlier post A Portal to Media Literacy for some background & links.
Wesch is one of the keynote speakers at next month’s ALT-C 2009 . I’m really looking forward to hearing him talk and I’m hoping he’ll be saying more about his innovative approach to teaching; for example see his assessment scheme & collaborative lecture notes for next term.
I also like this quote from one of his students:
Dr Wesch taught me that teaching and learning is about asking really good questions not about finding answers
I’ve been meaning to create my first YouTube video for a while now. I haven’t done it yet but the latest fascinating (& humorous) video from Michael Wesch reminds me I must get on with this!
His full blog post: An anthropological introduction to YouTube includes a timeline so it’s easy to jump in where you like but it has interesting stuff and funny clips throughout so grab a coffee, sit-back and enjoy.
When I finally get around to creating one myself I’ll be using a new gadget we’ve just bought. Now I’m not a gadget kinda-guy but I really like the simplicity of our new flip
Michael Wesch is a Cultural Anthropologist who explores the “impacts of new media on human interaction”. He’s probably best-known for his Web2.0 in 5-mins YouTube video: The Machine is Us/ing Us It has been viewed around 6-million times and has received 20-thousand user ratings and 7000 comments… If you’ve not seen it or any of his other short videos then take a look on YouTube.
Last month he gave the following talk entitled A Portal to Media Literacy at a University of Manitoba conference.
It’s just over an hour and well worth finding time to watch the whole thing. Alternatively, below’s a rough breakdown of what he covers so you can dip in: Read more…