Thursday, February 08, 2007

nice YouTube from Chris Anderson

I got this from Chris Anderson's blog. It's a bit long - 4 minutes - but absorbing, and if you only want the gist you can close it when you've had enough.

He doesn't credit a source. I assume he made it himself.
[Update: The source is Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University.]
Here's the cover of Anderson's book, available at Amazon and many other places.

1 comment:

GobberGo said...

I love it. It actually gave me shivers. Although I must admit, I probably wouldn't have kept with it if the soundtrack wasn't so cool and the animation so engaging.

I wish I could better understand why I get a sense of excitement akin to witnessing the birth of something truly revolutionary when I think about the direction(s) the Internet is taking these days. It feels at times (perhaps rightly, perhaps not) that we are at the cusp of something very big and important for humanity, and we can see the germinations of this new *something* in this film's examples (Google, Firefox, Flickr,, Wikipedia). I just wish I could better envision what this *something* is/will be. I'd love to take this guy's class. Ze Frank is great for inspiring this kind of excitement, and his "The Show" is an excellent example of the collaborative power of Web 2.0.

I also wish hardware were better at keeping up with the advancements of the software. The controller for the new Sony Wii game console is an example of the direction I think user input devices should be taking for all intelligent machines, but no one seems to be interested (enough) in doing away with the mouse--which is over 20 years old now in its current conception and well overdue for a revolution of its own. The user input interface of the new Apple iPhone is also in line with my current thinking of the natural direction computer hardware should be taking. I know that as soon as someone makes a "glove" that can control one's computer, I'm buying it. Maybe I'll invent it. "Point and click ... literally!"