I thought Welch’s video was really interesting and I particularly liked the fact that his video was looking at You Tube through the lens of anthropology. Anthropology enabled him to think about You Tube and community; the idea of the loss of community and our need for community and belonging, for self expression as part of a larger global participatory community. He proposes the idea of a new media scape, You Tube, as part of a new integrated media scape with “us” at the center; mediating human relationships. His studies of You Tube culture show that You Tube enables:
New forms of identity
New forms of community; global communities transcending time and space
New forms of self-expression
New forms of empowerment—agency
You Tube Links people in ways that we have never been linked before
You Tube includes user generated content and distribution
The participatory nature of You Tube; for example remixes
In response to the question posted earlier “So, in a writing classroom that focuses on the student’s writing and their process, where does YouTube come in? I liked the idea of ecologies of practice Buck uses in her study to shift focus from the texts, or written “products” of our students to an emphasis on process and the continuous literate activity that takes place on social network site (Buck, 11).
I am also wondering what would happen if we took Richardson’s exercise from last week (32), his 8 points about “where posting ends and academic blogging begins” and tried creating such a list for You Tube. Could we use the 12 standards for English Language Arts Richardson uses for blogging to create this list? Where does You Tube as an academic practice begin? What would our list of You Tubbing versus Not You Tubbing include?
1. Posting home videos exposing one’s inmost thoughts or outright silliness (You Tubbing as an academic exercise or not?)
2. Remixing posted videos (You Tubbing as an academic exercise or not?)
3. Integrating You Tube use with daily literacy practices (Buck 20-1) (You Tubbing as an academic exercise or not?)
4. You Tube as a way to bridge on-line and off-line spaces (You Tubbing as an academic exercise or not?)
5. Using video posts for social justice work, ACE was already mentioned as one example, and there is also a new app developed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to monitor police abuses (You Tubbing as an academic exercise or not?)
6…what would you add?