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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.
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— Written by 1978 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Herbert A. Simon, in Scientific American, September 1995 issue on “The Information Economy”
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My computer has been restored, technological deprivation has ended… Woot!
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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:
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  • 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:.

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  • 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:
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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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