Thursday, February 08, 2007

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Hat tip to Rex Hammock for the link

I forwarded the share link back to my email and recieved the following message (in full) from Michael Wesch - Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University who produced the video...


Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes.

This is the 2nd draft, and I plan on doing one more final draft. Please leave comments on what could be changed or improved, or what needs to be excluded or included. Subscribe if you want to be notified when the revision is released.

UPDATE: I just added this video to Mojiti where you can actually write your comments into the video itself. It is an exciting experiment in "Video 2.0". Go check it out at LINK and add your voice!

A couple of people have noted that the statement, "XML was created to do just that" (separate form from content) is misleading because CSS enables the same effect with HTML. I tried to integrate CSS into the video, but it ruined the flow. Perhaps in the next draft.

My statement on XML is based on the following from "In order to appreciate XML, it is important to understand why it was created. XML was created so t hat richly structured documents could be used over the web. The only viable alternatives, HTML and SGML, are not practical for this purpose. HTML, as we've already discussed, comes bound with a set of semantics and does not provide arbitrary structure."

Thank you all for the comments. With your help the next draft will be cleaned up and hopefully free of factual errors.

A higher quality version is available for download here: LINK Please note that this is the second draft and the final version will not be available until late February after I review all comments and revise the video. Please return for a new download link at that time.

The song is "There's Nothing Impossible" by Deus, available for free at LINK

Deus offers music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, yet one more example of the interlinking of people sharing and collaborating this video is attempting to illustrate.

Creative Commons LINK

Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University


and here's a video response -

Using the Web 2.0 write up in Wikipedia this video is to help teach educators about Web 2.0 tools.


Rex Hammock said...

Thanks for "the rest of the story"

Rob Robinson said...

That's the best and simplest explanation of XML I've ever read OR seen. Great find.