NOTE: Now updated to reflect new dates.
In lieu of class Thursday (11/12), I’m going to ask you to watch the series of videos below (it’ll take you just more than an hour) and write a roughly 300-word response in which you connect Michael Wesch’s ideas with journalism and its emerging forms online. Please post your response in the comments section before Tuesday’s class (11/17).
- An anthropological introduction to YouTube, 55 min. 33 sec.
- The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version), 4 min. 33 sec. (you might recognize this one!)
- A Vision of Students Today, 4 min. 44 sec.
The newspaper and news industry discussions about what they call user-generated video miss the point. Seriously. All these news orgs fell all over themselves trying to hop on the online video bandwagon as fast as they could. Some of them thought UGC needed to be part of the mix, and some did not, but in either case, the rush to video had much to do with the explosion of YouTube.
The explosion of YouTube was only partly about video.
Only partly about video.
The other parts: community, sharing, communication, identity, self-expression.
Everybody in journalism needs to understand this. This is a huge piece that’s missing from the puzzle of how to save journalism.
Check out Professor McAdams’ notes on the Wesch presentation (and more here):