Michael Wesch’s insightful video “An anthropological introduction to YouTube” from his recent Library of Congress presentation is worth a look if you haven’t had the chance yet. (A long look, it’s just under an hour so set aside some time, you won’t want to turn it off).

Wesch is the Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University and he takes us on a journey, a little peek, inside the phenomenon that is YouTube. Why we post, what we are posting, the amazing ability to collaborate across time and space, the impact YouTube is having within our society.

Wesch and his students are developing deep insights into human relationships and the impacts of today’s technology innovations. New ways of working with media, in all forms, are dramatically changing how we see and interact with the world.

There’s this really interesting, integrated mediascape that we now live in, and at the center of this mediascape is us, and that makes things especially interesting. And as an anthropologist, I think of media maybe slightly differently than most people. I don’t think of it as content, and I don’t even think of it as tools of communication. I think of media as mediating human relationships. And that’s important because when media change, then human relationships change.

Wesch’s Web. 2.0 video, referenced in the video, has had over 6 million hits since it first launched on YouTube. He also produced A vision of students today.


How big is the net?

Although you might guess that I’m talking about the internet, I was actually thinking about Guy Kawasaki’s recent post about golf, hockey and how imagination affects perception.

How big is the ‘net’ for your product or service? Entrepreneurship requires unscientific leaps of reasoning, Kawasaki suggests. So imagine the best possible outcome, the biggest market share, the community you want to see growing and adopting your awesome brand. Expand your success ‘net’ mentally and see where it leads you.

Game on!

Banksy Rocks


I’m reading…

Joe McNally‘s blog. Amazing photographer.

Have you seen Matt dance? Matt only has one dance, but it’s taken him to almost 50 countries in the last five years and now he’s putting his dancing feet to a new cause – raising funds to put computers into the hands of disadvantaged youth in Africa.

In 2004 Matt Harding, then an unemployed video game maker, set off to travel the world and figured he would throw his little jig (the only dance he does) into the mix as he journeyed from country to country. His sister insisted he share his dancing with friends and family via the web, and wherethehellismatt.com was born.

Matt danced in 2005 and then, with help from generous corporate sponsorship, he made a second trip in ’06 and again this year. His 2008 video has been viewed more than 19 million times.

So what’s next for Matt?

He met United Nations officials this month and talked to the sponsor of his video, Stride, about raising money to buy and donate laptops to the poor in Rwanda where he danced with locals and plans to go to teach them himself.

“Laptops and access to the Internet can broaden horizons tremendously. I want to do it personally, so it won’t just be a care package,” said Harding.

I’m a geek and spend every day on my computer and online. I think kids should have access to information and learning and educational tools such as computers and Matt’s doing something awesome to help make this a reality for children in Rwanda.

If dancing has the power to put technology in the hands of youth around the world, imagine what we’re all capable of if we just go out and have some fun and try to be good to each other.

Catch out-takes from Matt’s dancing here. I might like them even more than the ‘offical’ video!


It’s good. Found this in Thomas Hawk‘s feed the other day. Great photography and interesting posts so worth a visit even if the music ain’t your thang. I like his $2/portrait idea too.

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington chats with Evan Williams about the Twitter API, revenue models and the summize aquisition. If you are a Twitter fan it’s worth a listen (or a read, there’s both video and a transcript).