This really is not really a project, but I have been thinking a lot about YouTube and internet video. Not the technical aspects, but rather the social, political and cultural aspects of the phenomenon. So I decided to watch Kansas State anthropologist, Michael Wesch’s talk to the Library of Congress in 2008. It is long (55 mins) and some parts are more fun than others, but I am glad that I did.
To clip a stat from Wesch: in 60 years the broadcast networks produced 1.5 million hours of programming. YouTube does that every 6 months!!! And 88% of that content is original, user-generated content.
Here is his talk:
Here are some of the original clips that he mentions in his talk:
Charlie Bit My Finger: