Studying how people use YouTube and other digital technologies is a rapidly growing academic enterprise, and Professor Michael Wesch and his colleagues at Kansas State University are doing some interesting work in this area. Visitors can learn about their work by clicking on the "Our Projects" section which includes profiles of their separate research initiatives, such as "Explorations of Mediated Culture" and "Digital Ethnography of YouTube". As one might expect, the site is not populated with research reports, but a selection of rather compelling YouTube videos that cover such ground as "The History of YouTube", "Authenticity on the Tube", and "A Global Community". The site is rounded out by the World Simulation Project, which is an interactive and recursive classroom experience that is designed to create a map that mimics the geographical, environmental, and biological diversity of the real world.
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