The machine is us/ing us

Good day, fellow spacers. I’m back from my holiday vacation, and I decided to take a minute and reflect on what this whole Web 2.0 thing is all about (‘cause I’m thoroughly convinced that there are a lot of people out there who still just don’t get it).

Rather than bore you with my own observations (I’ll save that for another day), I’ve included a link to one of my favorite clips on YouTube (sorry, I would’ve posted a link to Soapbox, but it just redirected me).

If you haven’t see it before, it’s a brilliant multimedia presentation by Dr. Michael Wesch of Kansas State University as part of his digital ethnography studies. It summarizes the technological and cultural impact of the Web in about 5 minutes. What’s so slick about the clip is how he chose to present the information…using an evolution of handwriting to electronic text. It’s one of my favorites, and I’ve referenced it in several of my work presentations.

Of course, there’s also “dummies” version, offered by Holden in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which sums it up in less than 10 seconds (warning: contains explicit language).

Which one is more accurate? Take your pick.

– Greg

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