Michael Wesch speaking (for about an hour) at the Library of Congress in June:
via Wiked Anomie
Interesting, but possibly also a case of an approach imposing its own logic on the phenomenon.
Wesch and his students study the "YouTube community" through participant observation. Okay, but a very large part of the audience for YouTube never uploads video -- and among those who do, only a subset are "addressing the public through to the webcam"-style talking heads.
Focusing on the latter subculture then leads to questions of community, self-construction, etc. It turns out that -- hey! great! -- this medium doesn't dis-integrate social bonds at all!
And maybe it doesn't. But that finding seems already half posited by the method.
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