Social media, YouTube, and mwesch
I came up with a “reading” assignment for my grad students that would give us a good basis for a discussion about user-generated video. You can see it here: The mwesch Assignment (feel free to copy it).
I posted a summary (with two additional video examples embedded) on Slideshare: mwesch Reloaded.
Last fall I heard Mike Wesch speak in New York at a really fascinating program about user-generated video (much more than only YouTube) — I wrote a summary with links to all the examples we were shown there.
What slammed me in the head last night, hours after our classroom discussion, was this: The newspaper and news industry discussions about what they call user-generated video miss the point. Seriously. All these news orgs fell all over themselves trying to hop on the online video bandwagon as fast as they could. Some of them thought UGC needed to be part of the mix, and some did not, but in either case, the rush to video had much to do with the explosion of YouTube.
The explosion of YouTube was only partly about video.
Only partly about video.
The other parts: community, sharing, communication, identity, self-expression.
Everybody in journalism needs to understand this. This is a huge piece that’s missing from the puzzle of how to save journalism.
Categories: examples, participation, teaching, video