Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Where is the Internet going?

"There is so much media now with the Internet and people, and so easy and so cheap to start a newspaper or start a magazine, there’s just millions of voices and people want to be heard." -Rupert Murdoch

Recently, Kansas State professor Michael Wesch gave a lecture entitled,"An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube," at the Library of Congress. Wesh highlighted several viral Youtube videos from the past three years to illustrate the impact of social media on world cultures. The movie conveys how video communication is socially evolving and illuminates the path for where the Internet is possibly going.

Wesh is the epitome of how individuals can use Web 2.0 media to advance their careers and establish relationships beyond their physical realm. Two years ago he created and posted the Youtube movie Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us, which describes web communications in five short minutes. Wesh created the video from pure passion and was excited when it received a 100 views. Little did he know that it would quickly receive millions of views and solidify his voice as a Web 2.0 expert. He did not receive financial gain from those millions of hits, but he is in high demand for guest lectures, mostly recently at the Library of Congress.

If you have an hour to spare, I would recommend watching Wesh's recent Library of Congress lecture that is posted below. It shines a light on the path ahead.

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