Challenge: create a historical paragraph remix video and compose a reflection

*You must get our authors’ permission before taking any part of our remix video or reflection composition!

Watch our remix video: “The Story of Bastogne-Joseph C. Syiek”

Read our reflection here: Project Reflection (Tyler, Tim and Lauren)

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How Facebook has changed social interaction

I found this compelling YouTube video the other day, and wanted to share it with you all. This video highlights how ridiculous the world of Facebook would seem set in olden times (and more specifically how it influences social interaction), urging its viewer to reflect on how Facebook might even be a bit much for the world we live in now. The author of this video is YourTango.

Click here to watch the video.

Click here to read about how any Facebook user is now  separated from any other user by a mere 4.74 degrees! This interesting article is on CNN.

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The Evolution of Writing: writing through the ages

A YouTube video I came across that reflects many of the themes I explore in my blog. Specifically, this short YouTube clip comments upon the evolution of writing, from the quill and ink to the computer to more futuristic possibilities.

*Note-the creator of the following video is Rabatscher Multimedia.

Watch it here.

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Challenge: create a remix video and compose a reflection

*You must get our authors’ permission before taking any part of our remix video or reflection!

Watch our remix video: “A Tribute to Steve Jobs: Former CEO of Apple”

Read our remix reflection here: Remix Reflection by Tim, Tyler & Lauren

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How YouTube operates as a social network

How does YouTube operate as a social network? What kind of digital literacy can one gain from engaging with YouTube?

-Based upon chapters from YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture by Jean Burgess and Joshua Green

Critical to YouTube is the understanding that content creation is less important than the actual utilization and operation of that content within numerous social network settings (58). YouTube videos serve “a range of communicative purposes” appealing to an equally diverse array of “communities and media subcultures” (58). For some, YouTube serves a purpose that many people may not immediately recognize–as a social networking space.

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YouTube as a website of participatory culture

How does YouTube function as a site of participatory culture? How do YouTubers participate in culture? What does it mean to understand YouTube as a “redactional system?”

-Based upon chapters from YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture by Jean Burgess and Joshua Green

YouTube functions a website of participatory culture in that its viewers create its content, dictating the “most viewed, most favorite, most responded [and] most discussed videos.” An operational definition of each of these four categories as outlined in “YouTube’s Popular Culture” by Jean Burgess and Joshua Green elucidates YouTube’s dependence upon its viewers to function and flourish.

As described in “YouTube’s Popular Culture” the most favorite category includes videos that are popular enough to be put onto a user’s profile. Most discussed videos are those that foster the most comments, while most responded are those videos that viewers “were most frequently prompted to post a video response to, either by filming their own material or linking to another video in the system.”  From these definitions it becomes clear that YouTube’s functioning is completely dependent on the perpetuated creativity and interest of its millions of users around the world.

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The reverse of remixing: unmixing

  • A blog entry I discovered (through a link on Lawrence Lessig’s blog) that explores the interesting notion of “unmixing.”

http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/1026

  • Share your thoughts on unmixing. Is it legitimate? How is it different than remixing? Does one definition build off of the other?
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