The Most Important Video You May Ever See!

If you watch just one special video this year and let it resonate, this is the one. It’s from Eric Qualman, the author of “Socialnomics,” How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business.” You will instantly see the impact of social media on our culture and the way we communicate.

Watch this video and let the facts speak for themselves!

How To Save The Newspaper Industry

Kudos to Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder for prompting a big discussion about consumer generated media and the future of newspapers. He had a few words to offer newspaper and media companies and he pointed to the Wikipedia business model.

During the opening keynote remarks at the ad:tech 2009 San Francisco, Wales told attendees that newspapers and traditional media companies cannot compete alone in online media.

“I think newspapers should try and invite the community in and take over sports journalism. Avid sport fans write tons of content and there are people who would pay money to have the job of a Sports Illustrated reporter. Many newspapers are transitioning from print to online and incorporate online video, but not many are taking advantage of user-generated content. The industry is in its infancy.

“When I look at consumer-generated video like YouTube, it feels a lot like text did in 1999,” Wales said. “It’s a lot of individuals posting things they made themselves.”

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The Best Social Media Upload of 2008! (No Kidding!)

It’s from the blog “Radical Trust” and you must watch this!

Here’s what Colin Douma says:
I’ve listened to hundreds of keynotes this year, in person and online, regarding the social media revolution that’s now upon us. I always have a soft spot for those who see this medium for what it truly is: a cultural revolution, not a commercial one.

In order to understand social media, you must understand the cultural positioning of it. Who better to understand this than Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. You may remember his YouTube video which provided much needed context for the cultural impact of new media on society and culture, “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us“.

This past summer Prof. Wesch uploaded a keynote entitled, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube which he presented to the Library of Congress on June 23rd, 2008. Although it runs for a marathon of 55mins, it’s already received over 840,000 views, 760+ comments and nearly 50 video responses.

It is, by far, the most informed keynote I’ve seen regarding social media this year.