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Origins of this content
This is a video of a lecture Michael Wesch presented at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wesch highlights the video on his blog. I use it in several of my tours as an example of an intelligent and respected (but often opposing) academic position regarding YouTube and user agency, community, and the public nature of the private.
The Machine is Us/Ing Us: "Cultural anthropologist Dr. Michael Wesch set out to create a video to visually show and tell the shift to Web 2.0 online utilizing the very tools that represent the shift, in under 5 minutes."[cit]

Michael Wesch, "dubbed 'the explainer' by Wired magazine, is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture."[cit]

Viral video, a phenomenon allowed by web 2.0, has been of equal fascination to scholars like the Convergence Culture Consortium at MIT, marketers, and users alike.
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More videos related to the content of this page
"The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity," by mwesch