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
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.