Monday, May 12, 2008

Digital Ethnography Working Group @ kansas state university
home of the digital ethnography working group, a team of cultural anthropology undergraduates
led by Dr. Michael Wesch exploring the impact of digital technology on human interaction
and human interaction on digital technology

Dr. Michael Wesch
Project Coordinator
Assistant Professor of
Cultural Anthropology
and Digital Ethnography
Kansas State University

Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on human interaction (and the impact of human interaction on new media). After two years studying the impact of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over ten languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award and the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology. He is also a multiple award-winning teacher whose teaching projects are frequently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other major media outlets worldwide. Wesch is currently serving on the Editorial Board of Advisors for Encyclopaedia Britannica.