Fascinating video from YouTube (which I picked up via Chris Anderson), which has been viewed nearly half a million times since it was posted by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University on 31 January.
It brilliantly and stylishly runs through the development of new media leading to how it links people and is changing the world – and at the same time sort of explains how it all works (I think). From a public relations perspective, I love the ending which touches on so many of the things we do:
we need to rethink a few things… copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves.
I’ve been rethinking myself recently as I feel new media is making it hard for me to reflect, even communicate, in a linear manner. I’ve always had a million thoughts on the go at once and suffer from “butterfly brain” and a compulsive desire to mulit-task. All the online connections fulfil my desire to expand my thinking, and I love it, but I’m struggling to keep up.
I don’t want to write linear blogs – even with links, my thoughts want to go several places at once – and when I communicate verbally, it is even worse as my head is travelling too fast for my mouth to keep up with my thoughts (or is that vice versa).
Will we need to change ourselves in some radical way to move from linear thinking and communications as the online world gets faster and fuller – and what is the solution? Am I just multi-thinking or will my head explode?