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You Say Vook, I Say Video-Book

Virgina Heffernan’s recent article on the joys of the “vook—a software application that combines video and text”—brings to mind what MIT and I are calling my video-book (to be released online February 7), “large scale online writing that depends upon video, text, design and architecture for its meaning-making.” I like her effort to differentiate vooks from ebooks: writing in sentences, paragraphs and chapters that has been wedged onto a digital screen (allowing for both search and easy p ... read more »

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Ready for Launch: February 7, 2011

I’m in the final stages of editing and readying my video-book, Learning from YouTube, for “publication” or perhaps, better said, official presentation by the MIT Press. Given the unique nature of the product (virtual and free) it’s been yet another scholarly publishing challenge to invent the terms of its release. ... read more »

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Social Network Sandwich: Guess Who’s the Nasty Creme Filling?

Bill Moggridge‘s Designing Media just arrived at my doorstep, hot off the (MIT) Press. The book is really beautiful and a great read, marking the zeitgeist of cultural producers’ takes on the role and future of media. I’m interviewed in it, along with real luminaries, innovators, and rulers of the universe, so I’m truly honored, mostly humbled, and certainly proud to be there. Sandwiched ... read more »

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Wiki-Walks

I am learning much teaching Learning from YouTube again this semester. Last week I was educated by my students about this:

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Networking Lessons

I have been teaching from three scholarly books (Burgess and Green, Snickars and Vonderau, Strangelove) devoted to YouTube for this year’s go at ... read more »

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Nowhere and Everywhere: The Place of Feminism on YouTube

I gave a talk last week at Berkeley’s Gender Consortium that points towards the (non)place, and yet somehow real focus and locus, of my future work: the nowheres and everywheres of feminism in on-line, user-generated, social networked spaces of web 2.0 and its scholarship and pedagogy. I will be speaking on issues related at the Women in View: SexMoneyMedia conference in October in Vancouver, and then again, in a course I will be offering at USC’s Critical Studies program this Spring while on sabbatical. ... read more »

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Video and Participatory Culture: On Tubing

I’ve published an article in a special issue on YouTube of the on-line journal, Enculturation (A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing and Culture). The editors, Geoffrey Carter and Sarah Arroyo explain the issue’s focus: ... read more »

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Fred on Film

I was recently interviewed by Monica Hesse at the Washington Post for her article on Fred’s big move to movie: “This is a movie. This is a movie based on a YouTube character. This is a movie based on one of the most successful YouTube characters of all time.” Like last time, we had a great talk, but little of my ideas about Fred made it to her page. Here they are: ... read more »

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LFYT 10

I am teaching two sections of my class on and about YouTube, Learning from YouTube, this Fall. You can follow us on our new group page.

The class is decidedly different from past versions, and also eerily the same, leading, as ever, to telling reflections on YouTube. Some comparisons: ... read more »

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Users Want Tosh(ers)

I was recently interviewed by Time magazine about the phenomenon of Tosh.0. Once again, my YouTube studies lead me to pop-analysis of cultural phenomena I had otherwise studiously avoided. But I watched, and pontificated, and is the case in such situations, the journalist used what she needed but did not include what mattered most to me. So, I’ll share that here, that is, if you care about Tosh, and really, why would you? ... read more »