A reminder: We are part way through a social revolution

I just watched all 55 minutes of this video from digital anthropologist Michael Wesch and it is awesome (you may have seen his earlier Information R/evolution). I don’t think I have ever sat through 55 mins of a YouTube video before. I love this one for the way it captures the hope, passion, excitement and shear force for change that the internet and social media represent.

I have often made the dry statement that web communities have the potential to replace the village communities of old that have been lost in the industrial era as we all move to cities and lose tough with our neighbours. This video will make you feel that in your heart.

All of which is a reminder that the social media revolution is a BIG DEAL for society. Some of the implications are scary, for example the constant exposure to being videoed and posted to the web and hate comments, whilst others are amazing, like deep connections formed over vast distances, new ways to explore identity and heightened levels of self-awareness.

All told we are looking at huge changes in the way society is structured, which will in turn mean big changes for the way entertainment is delivered and business is conducted.

Which brings me back to communities, networks and markets as investment themes.

If you have an hour and want to feel good about the web and the world, watch this video. If you only have ten minutes, watch the start.

Thanks to Lloyd for the pointer, picked up via FriendFeed.
  • Very interesting….I have been meaning to write a “where I think this is all going” too, but time etc etc 🙁

  • Very interesting….I have been meaning to write a “where I think this is all going” too, but time etc etc 🙁

  • I’ve susbcribe to his youtube. I love this guy.
    It’s probably with EPIC 2014 the video that helped me a lot to see what’s in front of us.

    I especially do love the Vision of a student.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&feature=user

    Thanks for pointing it.

  • I’ve susbcribe to his youtube. I love this guy.
    It’s probably with EPIC 2014 the video that helped me a lot to see what’s in front of us.

    I especially do love the Vision of a student.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&feature=user

    Thanks for pointing it.

  • I love what he says about the webcam.
    I’ve written an article for a revue this summer about the history of SNS… and my two main points where :
    – Social is becoming a market
    – SNS are the only possibility for re-enchanting the world of the GEN Y generation.

    Wesh is as a genius as robin sloan.

    Please… if you read this post don’t stop after the first ten minutes ;-D

  • I love what he says about the webcam.
    I’ve written an article for a revue this summer about the history of SNS… and my two main points where :
    – Social is becoming a market
    – SNS are the only possibility for re-enchanting the world of the GEN Y generation.

    Wesh is as a genius as robin sloan.

    Please… if you read this post don’t stop after the first ten minutes ;-D

  • 55 mins of pure genius. nice balance of socio/anthrop/intellectualism and inbridled webenthusiasm. It is what you want it to be!

  • 55 mins of pure genius. nice balance of socio/anthrop/intellectualism and inbridled webenthusiasm. It is what you want it to be!

  • Thanks for pointing this out to me! I love his work and this video is fantastic, as was his The Machine is Us/ing Us!

  • Thanks for pointing this out to me! I love his work and this video is fantastic, as was his The Machine is Us/ing Us!

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