The Machine is Us/ing Us

Michael Wesch is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, teaching a course on digital ethnography (the scientific-based study and description of people and cultures in a digital format.) Through various internet misadventures I was recently catapulted to his YouTube channel where a collection of fascinating short videos were waiting for me regarding the digital revolution and its current impact on education and our human culture as a whole. Two videos in particular I found captivating and immediately thought to share with the Expanding Boundaries cohort.

The first is titled, “a Vision of Students Today.” Within the 4:44 minutes of this movie are a number of quick-quip one-liners shared by college age students in various mediums about how their time is spent in their classrooms and lives overall. The theme parallels some of the other shorts we’ve watched regarding the “new” flat-world education styles and needs.

The second is a slightly more tech-wordy short regarding the rapid evolution of writing since the coming of the internet and its ramifications on our culture. The title of this movie, “The Machine is Us/ing Us” is where I got the title of this blog post from. It is just one of a series of quickly-moving statements/ideas that got my mind racing (towards the end of this film in particular.)

At the beginning of the Expanding Boundaries course we were compelled to “rethink a few things.” I’m excited to see the final presentations of everyone over the coming weeks. I suspect they will be an appropriate measure of how much our change in thinking has actually influenced how we teach this web 2.0 (3.0?) generation.

How have you rethought your classroom and teaching lately?

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About MrMusselman

K-5 Science Specialist for the Burlington Public Schools of Burlington, MA.
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