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The Friday Post #18: A Professor of Digital Ethnography, illustrations by YouTube

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
— Written by 1978 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Herbert A. Simon, in Scientific American, September 1995 issue on “The Information Economy”
My computer has been restored, technological deprivation has ended… Woot!
Social networking and media has been on my mind a great deal this week, so here is the Friday Post #18 for this rainy Sept 26 2008:
  • As an admirer of the work of Professor Michael Wesch and the graduate students from the Digital Ethnography Project at Kansas State University, I like to keep up with new work from the group. They are chronicling an anthropology not seen before. There is a digital divide. The 20 somethings who were born into a digital world versus those before them, who grew up in an analog world. There is a bridge of 10+ years which covers this evolution. In case you haven’t watched it, or would enjoy watching again, here is a link to their classic: “Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us.”
  • Next… Dr. Wesch addressed staff at the Library of Congress on June 23 2008, and that presentation – 55 minutes in length – entitled “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube” is linked below:.

  • YouTube was something that many people (over 20 somethings, you know) had heard of but never logged onto it, and the NumaNuma video on YouTube (circa 2006!) brought a great many people online… seems like half a lifetime ago, no? Now in 2008, with 2,057,595 views later… it’s still good:
Finally, because it’s the Friday Post:
  • This video has been hanging around in my blog-draft file for so many weeks, I can’t even remember where this link was found, but as digital story-telling, Stefan Nadelman’s Food Fight is pretty Weird. (Hint: the sushi is tougher than it looks, and the hamburgers are the bad guys):

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