Wesch vs. McLuhan Briefly

I was intrigued by the video, Anthropology of YouTube, especially because of how prominent YouTube is in my life. Wesch and McLuhan certainly seem to be taking different opinions on the idea of advance of digital technology.  While McLuhan seems to think that in advancing in technology means a loss of something for humanity, Wesch is quite optimistic.  When a new website comes about, it also means a new form of communication.  Not only is it a new form of communication, but it is also a new type of conversation or format of conversation.  For example, when Twitter came about, we learned to communicate within one hundred forty characters and continue to communicate things by trending them. 
Youtube is not only a social networking site, but it is a form of communication that reaches not only your friends, family, and acquaintances, but the whole world.  “It is a space where identities, values and ideas are produced, reproduced, challenged and negotiated in new ways,” Wesch states, which is very true. 


One thought on “Wesch vs. McLuhan Briefly

  1. I'm interested to know where you stand in relation to Wesch and McLuhan. Is this the next iteration of the social experiment? You brought up Twitter–how do you feel about Twitter? I want to know!

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