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June 8, 2006

YouTube and Me

While self-indulgently skimming my Site Meter stats this morning, I came across an interesting blog post by a student in Matt Kirschenbaum's graduate seminar, "Inscribing Media," on YouTube, textual studies, and media theory. Drawing from Henry Jenkins' discussion of fan cultures, Helen discusses the ways in which YouTube users are developing new ways of responding to video content, such as the SNL "Lazy Sunday" skit that went viral and was then widely imitated and parodied by other YouTube users: "Like Flickr, YouTube allows users to comment and discuss videos, but, in addition to written comments, many users choose to comment by creating original video that is at once unique and also tied to a previous video to which it is directly responding." The entry is an excerpt from a longer seminar paper, and the paper itself sounds really interesting.

On a completely unrelated note, I got an email tip on a cool event here in DC at the Provisions Library, which is a couple of blocks north of Dupont Circle. It's a "Teach In on the Poetics, Politics and Practice of Films for Change." The event is scheduled for June 24, starts at 11 AM, and will last all day. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Media at American University.

Posted by chuck at June 8, 2006 11:51 AM

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