I happened across this video right around the Superbowl and then again at the ASAE Technology Conference. It was created by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University as an homage to Web 2.0 and an exploration of how we are changing the web at the same time the web is changing us.
I have made my thoughts well known about my dislike of the term “Web 2.0” not because I dislike everything that it represents but rather because I think it doesn’t capture the true nature of how interactive and dynamic the internet has become. I think we should be referring to it as Web To…and you can fill in your own modifier. Web to explore. Web to learn. Web to connect. Web to collaborate. Web to publish. Web to be heard… You get the idea. Regardless, I think this is one of the coolest videos I have seen online and one that happens to really explain in visual and dynamic manner how things like RSS, XML, and AJAX have transformed the entire internet user experience.
Nice work Professor Wesch! It looks like your Digital Ethnography Project is really gathering momentum. And by the way, I wish I could have experienced some of your classes myself. You are definitely my type of “anti-teacher” and from the sounds of it, you have fully embraced the socratic method to bring out the best in your students! Awesome, simply awesome!