Monday, February 1, 2010

Digital Democracy

Dr. Michael Wesch is a professor of anthropology at Kansas State University who specializes in digital ethnography. The YouTube videos he makes about his work have gained a lot of attention nationally and really make you think about how much new media is changing the way colleges, corporations, America and the world operates. Below I have embedded two of the videos I found the most interesting. The first focuses on how we must rethink the ways we communicate and exchange information, how the digital world (through blogging and sites like Wikipedia) are intrinsically more democratic than the physical world we live in. The second challenges all the typical assumptions people have about information- mainly that it is constrained by its material, physical embodiment. I found both to be very eye-opening and think they speak to the changes American culture is currently going through.

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