Blog Post #7

YouTube project:

For this project, I decided to focus heavily on how YouTube personally effects me, and what makes it so beneficial in my life.

I will be tying together the ideas of Howard Rheingold, Henry Jenkins, and Sloane Burke to discuss the theme of Learning

Rheingold:      Crap Detection

Jenkins:           Participatory Culture

Burke:              Education 

YouTube, unique to most social media sites, permits users to post, view, and comment on videos.  These videos range across a very broad spectrum.  Some for entertainment, some for business, documentary, and most importantly, some for learning.

First, I would like to state that YouTube as a means of learning is still in its infancy.  YouTube has only been around since February 14th, 2005.  Since then more than one billion users have joined the video sharing website.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of YouTube is that ANYBODY can post a tutorial.  I remember as a middler schooler uploading a “How to solve a Rubik’s cube” tutorial. Yet, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of videos teaching how to solve a Rubik’s cube.

Henry Jenkins’ idea of participatory culture is the very reason that so many videos exist that portray the same information.  Sloane Burke argues that YouTube can provide a scholarly learning tool in the classroom.  However, for this to be possible AND successful, we must all have a little Rheingold in us. With thousands of informative videos on the web, and millions of people eager to learn, we must detect the inevitable crap ruthlessly.

Once each requirement has been met, those interested will literally have the world at their finger tips. While public and private education exist and will not be going anywhere anytime soon, we will find that almost all of our questions can be answered through a social media platform such as YouTube. Creating a much more informed society.

Blog Post #7

One thought on “Blog Post #7

  1. I like how you work in Rhinegold’s concept of crap detection. There’s an assumption that because you can see their face or hear their voice, what you watch in a YouTube video is more credible than something you find searching Google, but the same level of caution has to be taken with both sources. YouTube is a powerful learning tool, just like the Internet in general, but students need to be taught how to sift through the information provided to them there just like they would learn how to find credible sources on Google.


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