Mike Wesch of Kansas State University is among our favourite commentators on social media and culture.
Here’s a new 33-minute talk from him called The Machine is (Changing) Us – YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity. (I said ‘new’ but he does reuse some parts from a previous talk about YouTube which you may have seen).
In the course of this entertaining talk he mentions: Neil Postman’s ‘Amusing Ourselves To Death’, television, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Marshall McLuhan, free hugs, narcissism, a history of “whatever”, a brief history of “meh”, video blogging, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. It’s well worth a look.
We just watched the video over a huge curry lunch. Let’s just say we don’t think we’ve fully digested either yet…