Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve seen the Web 2.0 video created by Michael Wesch, a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. It’s been screaming through the tubes and has been posted and commented on all over the sphere. John Battelle just posted a really fine interview with Dr. Wesch in which he explains his vision of how connectedness and web services are changing the dynamic of human contact and interaction.
One sample of Wesch’s interview:
So if there is a global village, it is not a very equitable one, and if there is a tragedy of our times, it may be that we are all interconnected but we fail to see it and take care of our relationships with others. For me, the ultimate promise of digital technology is that it might enable us to truly see one another once again and all the ways we are interconnected. It might help us create a truly global view that can spark the kind of empathy we need to create a better world for all of humankind. I’m not being overly utopian and naively saying that the Web will make this happen. In fact, if we don’t understand our digital technology and its effects, it can actually make humans and human needs even more invisible than ever before. But the technology also creates a remarkable opportunity for us to make a profound difference in the world. [A brief interview with Michael Wesch]
Wouldn’t you like to take an anthropology course from this guy?