more mwesch on youtube

I was scanning YouTube for something entirely else when i ran into Mike Wesch‘s latest youtube clips today. Not only he has found a brilliant way of introducing himself and the students of his Digital Ethnography class at Kansas State University to their field [Introducing our YouTube Ethnography Project], also a video of his World Simulation seminar is on [part 1, part 2, part 3]. See related Savage Minds entries here and here.

And once you’re there and you haven’t watched it yet, invest a few minutes at Wesch’s Web 2.0 … the machine is us/ing us. Meanwhile a final version has been set up and a growing number of video responses have been uploaded. (27 when I began to write this entry.)

representation follows code.

It will be another post in which I may explore a cluster of thinking I paradoxically am refusing to call myself an advocate of which is the academic reflection of causality–another is ‘constructivism’, and one more is ‘relativism’.  My refusal may be rooted in my conviction of radical contextualism’s methodological tools to be _the_ keys to the reconstruction of reality so many academic branches with their approaches and methods are dedicated to. Dunno. Not yet.   

“Have you ever thought of how is the web represented to blind people? They use screenreader software that read loudly website’s text. These need linear encoding to make quoted text recognizable for a blind recipient, because all other solutions, (…) require too much acoustic backup-ing by recipient’s brain. Just try it. I’m sure theres open source freeware somewhere. On the screenreader example one can easily and very well show how representation actually follows code.”

Said I here.

backstage

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thx. This is why I use a “hosted solution”.  I’m a user. I don’t know how the technique I use works and I don’t know what other beings inhabit the ocean I surf.   

kyrill waters

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Big wind outside tonight, category 2. Someone has put up an orkanblog. Storm warnings on the media all day, schools closed and traffic stands still. People are advised to stay in their houses on all channels and streets are totally empty.  

I didn’t know ‘Orkan’ translates to ‘hurricane’. An Orkan is the same phenomenon as taifuns and hurricanes are. As one can look up on the Saffir-Simpson Scale Orkan Kyrill is not so much of a problem regarding wind but regarding the water that is pressed into the land. The North Sea is just one hour drive away. 85% of Bremen’s town area would be flooded by river Weser without an Orkan two times a day by nature, if there wasn’t a complexe system of dikes.      

       

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