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The Meaning of Death
The Meaning of Death

by Vasilios Markou
in collaboration with Daniel Neely and Michael Wesch

Vasili is one of 11 students from Digital Ethnography 2014 who moved into the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community for 4 months. This video was a "fan favorite" at the Meadowlark Film Festival that concluded the semester - which is to say, the residents loved this one. Having recently experienced the ecstasy and freedom of hitch-hiking and living with almost nothing but the clothes on his back, Vasili came to Meadowlark looking to explore the meaning of death and life.

To Live in this World
To Live in this World

by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014

Final edit by Michael Wesch

Eleven students moved into a continuing care retirement community for one semester. After four months and 100+ hours of interviews, the students found themselves fully immersed in the lives and stories of the residents. This short compresses many lifetimes into a brief exploration of meaning and significance throughout the life cycle.

To Live in this World (draft)
To Live in this World (draft)

New slightly revised edition at http://youtu.be/IlvcTs181eU

by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014

Final edit by Michael Wesch

Eleven students moved into a continuing care retirement community for one semester. After four months and 100+ hours of interviews, the students found themselves fully immersed in the lives and stories of the residents. This short compresses many lifetimes into a brief exploration of meaning and significance throughout the life cycle.

World Simulation 2013 - "The Marshmallow Wars"
World Simulation 2013 - "The Marshmallow Wars"

World Simulation designed by Michael Wesch and his students to explore world history, global economy, sustainability, international relations, culture change, and structural power. More information and instructions at mediatedcultures.net/worldsim

Smile Because it Happened
Smile Because it Happened

10 undergraduate students move into a continuing care retirement community for the semester. This is their story.

"a few ideas ..." (Visions of Students Today)
"a few ideas ..." (Visions of Students Today)

See all the ideas at http://visionsofstudents.org (an HTML5 interactive video collage). Final remix from the Visions of Students Today video project. Thank you all for the hundreds of wonderful submissions!

"The Visions of Students Today" 2011 Remix One (trailer)
"The Visions of Students Today" 2011 Remix One (trailer)

quick remix of the first submissions to "The Visions of Students Today" project. Join the conversation by uploading your own video. Tag it VOST2011 and it will appear in the pool of videos available for remix here: http://youtube.com/results?search_query=VOST2011

Rethinking Education
Rethinking Education

This video was produced as a contribution to the EDUCAUSE book, The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing, edited by Richard Katz and available as an e-Book at http://educause.edu/thetowerandthecloud or commercially at http://amazon.com/gp/product/0967285399/ref=kinw_rke_rti_1 Produced in 2007 as a conversation starter in small groups. Released in 2011 as a conversation starter online.

The Visions of Students Today - Call for Submissions
The Visions of Students Today - Call for Submissions

http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=288
Upload a video showing us your life, your school, and how you learn. Tag it VOST2011. Think of it as "A Vision of Students Today" inverted ... it's your life, your learning environments, and your thoughts about them. Examples coming soon!

Students Helping Students
Students Helping Students

Created by the Spring 2010 Class of Digital Ethnography to get the word out about K-State Proud, an organization that helps students help students. Over the past 3 years, students have donated over $250,000 to keep their fellow students in school when they need it most, like when their house has been taken by a tornado, their belongings have been taken by a flood, or when a serious illness drains them of their last dollar and the will to go on. Go to k-stateproud.org or join us in the K-State Union Feb 22-26 2010 to find out more.

The song is "I Need Want It" by Purse Candy. Free Download: http://last.fm/music/Purse+Candy/_/I+Need+Want+It

The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity
The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity

presented at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. About 10 minutes of it is a minor update (rehash) of An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, but the rest is new. The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, 'You know, somebody should ...' there were lots of people saying, 'So I did this, this, and this, and now Im working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate ...' In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call critical optimism. Nobody there was blindly optimistic, thinking technology was going to make everything better. They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd. Special thanks to Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej for organizing the conference.

U.S. Professor of the Year Award
U.S. Professor of the Year Award

My acceptance speech at the awards ceremony on Nov. 20, 2008. Special thanks to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for selecting me, and to the thousands of students who have worked with me and inspired me over the years.

An anthropological introduction to YouTube
An anthropological introduction to YouTube

presented at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008. This was tons of fun to present. I decided to forgo the PowerPoint and instead worked with students to prepare over 40 minutes of video for the 55 minute presentation. This is the result.
more info: http://mediatedcultures.net

0:00 Introduction, YouTube's Big Numbers
2:00 Numa Numa and the Celebration of Webcams
5:53 The Machine is Us/ing Us and the New Mediascape
12:16 Introducing our Research Team
12:56 Who is on YouTube?
13:25 What's on Youtube? Charlie Bit My Finger, Soulja Boy, etc.
17:04 5% of vids are personal vlogs addressed to the YouTube community, Why?
17:30 YouTube in context. The loss of community and "networked individualism" (Wellman)
18:41 Cultural Inversion: individualism and community
19:15 Understanding new forms of community through Participant Observation
21:18 YouTube as a medium for community
23:00 Our first vlogs
25:00 The webcam: Everybody is watching where nobody is ("context collapse")
26:05 Re-cognition and new forms of self-awareness (McLuhan)
27:58 The Anonymity of Watching YouTube: Haters and Lovers
29:53 Aesthetic Arrest
30:25 Connection without Constraint
32:35 Free Hugs: A hero for our mediated culture
34:02 YouTube Drama: Striving for popularity
34:55 An early star: emokid21ohio
36:55 YouTube's Anthenticity Crisis: the story of LonelyGirl15
39:50 Reflections on Authenticity
41:54 Gaming the system / Exposing the System
43:37 Seriously Playful Participatory Media Culture (featuring Us by blimvisible: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_yxHKgQyGx0
47:32 Networked Production: The Collab. MadV's "The Message" and the message of YouTube
49:29 Poem: The Little Glass Dot, The Eyes of the World
51:15 Conclusion by bnessel1973
52:50 Dedication and Credits (Our Numa Numa dance)

The Numa Numa quote is from *Douglas* Wolk (not Gary Wolk as I mistakenly said in the talk).

A Portal to Media Literacy
A Portal to Media Literacy

Presented at the University of Manitoba June 17th 2008. (for those of you waiting for the Library of Congress presentation, it will be posted July 19th-ish.)

From Stephen's Lighthouse:
http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/archives/2008/07/michael_wesch_l.html

"Many of you have probably seen Kansas State University prof Michael Wesch's thought-provoking video, "A
Vision of Students Today". http://youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o.

Recently Dr. Wesch spoke at the University of Manitoba where he explained the the basis of this video in a talk entitled, "Michael Wesch and the Future of Education." I found it fascinating! He describes how he so naturally incorporates emerging technologies into his courses from the smallest seminar type class to the largest lecture theatre filled class.

More importantly he not only talks about the technologies but how he encourages extraordinary participation and collaboration from his students by engaging them in meaningful learning activities.

Although the video is 66 minutes long...pour a coffee, iced tea or glass of wine and enjoy this dynamic presentation from a master teacher."

http://umanitoba.ca/ist/production/streaming/podcast_wesch.html

Dubbed "the explainer" by popular geek publication Wired because of his viral YouTube video that summarizes Web 2.0 in under five minutes, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch brought his Web 2.0 wisdom to the University of Manitoba on June 17.

During his presentation, the Kansas State University professor breaks down his attempts to integrate Facebook, Netvibes, Diigo, Google Apps, Jott, Twitter, and other emerging technologies to create an education portal of the future.

"It's basically an ongoing experiment to create a portal for me and my students to work online," he explains. "We tried every social media application you can think of. Some worked, some didn't."

Twitter and the World Simulation
Twitter and the World Simulation

demonstrates the use of Twitter and Jott in the World Simulation, a radical experiment in education coordinated by Michael Wesch, Kansas State University

More info:
http://mediatedcultures.net/worldsim.htm

Download HQ version (wmv): http://mediafire.com/?04kjen4mmnm

Information R/evolution
Information R/evolution

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.

High Quality WMV download:
http://mediafire.com/?atyamxuyn2p

Quicktime:
http://mediafire.com/?6hqygitsy0v

If you are interested in this topic, check out Clay Shirky's work, especially: http://shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html

Also check out David Weinberger's Everything is Miscellaneous:
http://everythingismiscellaneous.com/


This video is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. So you are welcome to download it, share it, even change it, just as long as you give me some credit and you don't sell it or use it to sell anything.

A Vision of Students Today
A Vision of Students Today

a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

Music by Try^d: http://tryad.org/listen.html

Download higher quality wmv:
http://mediafire.com/?ajm0lzxh223

mov version:
http://mediafire.com/?3xbhmdmsfmd

More information:
http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=119

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. So you are welcome to download it, share it, even change it, just as long as you give me some credit and you don't sell it or use it to sell anything.

Introducing our YouTube Ethnography Project
Introducing our YouTube Ethnography Project

For more information go to:
http://mediatedcultures.net/youtube.htm

Please subscribe to our profile pages, ask us questions, answer our questions, or just hang out.

Team members include:

thepoasm
http://youtube.com/user/thepoasm

abo46n2
http://youtube.com/user/abo46n2

cschwiet
http://youtube.com/user/cschwiet

MaKMelman
http://youtube.com/user/MaKMelman

LeeRedman
http://youtube.com/user/LeeRedman

dippyhude
http://youtube.com/user/dippyhude

seiji306
http://youtube.com/user/seiji306

hinderliter84
http://youtube.com/user/hinderliter84

sabriel7
http://youtube.com/user/sabriel7

Music by the new draft
http://myspace.com/thenewdraft

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)
The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

"Web 2.0" in just under 5 minutes.
http://mediatedcultures.net

This is a slightly revised and cleaned up version of the video that was featured on YouTube in February 2007.

I considered releasing it as an "eternal beta" in true Web 2.0 style, but decided to let it stand as is and start working on future projects. Many of my future videos will address the last 30 seconds of this video (the "rethink ..." part).

Thank you all for the helpful comments on the earlier draft. It has been a great experience to connect with so many people interested in
similar issues.

Once again, there are higher quality versions available for download:

Windows Media File (55 MB):
http://mediafire.com/?2wnmpy2ibz1

Quicktime File (96 MB):
http://mediafire.com/?axhbjnmw4yn

Mojiti Version (for comments, translations, etc.):
http://mojiti.com/kan/2743/5984

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. So you are welcome to download it, share it, even change it, just as long as you give me some credit and you don't sell it or use it to sell anything. I received many more positive comments than negative about the song choice (great work Deus!), but if you are one of those who does not like the song just download the video and change the audio track to your liking.

The video was created by me (Michael Wesch), working alone from my house in St. George, Kansas. I used CamStudio for the screen captures and Sony Vegas for the panning/cropping/zooming animations. Someday I might make a video tutorial for those who are interested.

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Final version now available!
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g
http://mediatedcultures.net

Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes.


This is the 2nd draft, and I plan on doing one more final draft. Please leave comments on what could be changed or improved, or what needs to be excluded or included. Subscribe if you want to be notified when the revision is released.

UPDATE: I just added this video to Mojiti where you can actually write your comments into the video itself. It is an exciting experiment in "Video 2.0". Go check it out at http://mojiti.com/kan/2024/3313 and add your voice!

Transcripts are now available as well:
http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=78

A couple of people have noted that the statement, "XML was created to do just that" (separate form from content) is misleading because CSS enables the same effect with HTML. I tried to integrate CSS into the video, but it ruined the flow. Perhaps in the next draft.

My statement on XML is based on the following from xml.com: "In order to appreciate XML, it is important to understand why it was created. XML was created so that richly structured documents could be used over the web. The only viable alternatives, HTML and SGML, are not practical for this purpose. HTML, as we've already discussed, comes bound with a set of semantics and does not provide arbitrary structure."

Thank you all for the comments. With your help the next draft will be cleaned up and hopefully free of factual errors.

A higher quality version is available for download here: http://mediafire.com/?6duzg3zioyd Please note that this is the second draft and the final version will not be available until late February after I review all comments and revise the video. Please return for a new download link at that time.

The song is "There's Nothing Impossible" by Deus, available for free at http://jamendo.com/en/album/103/
Deus offers music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, yet one more example of the interlinking of people sharing and collaborating this video is attempting to illustrate.

CC: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/

Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University

WorldSim Preview
WorldSim Preview

A massive experiment in education. For more information see:
http://savageminds.org/2006/04/02/a-brief-theory-of-anti-teaching/

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