If you want to understand…
…pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea or something and watch “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube,” presented by Kansas State University anthropology Prof. Michael Wesch last month (June 2008) at the US Library of Congress. I suspect you’ll find – as I did – that you’ll actually enjoy becoming more digitally enlightened as you watch. I guarantee that, if you have kids and they’re online, they’ll appreciate your taking the time.
If you want to know a little more before you invest the 55.5 minutes, here are some highlights:
This is the kind of presentation that recharges, nourishes, keeps you going and going and going as you try – in the area of youth online safety – to maintain a balance of three needs: to alert parents to the risks that do exist, to mitigate fears and encourage (when “be very afraid” is so often the message to parents), and to communicate all the good, important growth and learning that’s going on as young people use media that so many adults don’t really understand.