Monday, September 17, 2007

Sign of the Apocalypse

If I was writing this week’s “Sign of the Apocalypse” in Sports Illustrated, I’d choose this AP article:

YouTube 101: video-sharing site goes academic
Pitzer College is offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site YouTube. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view YouTube content and post their comments.
     Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling.
     Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was “underwhelmed” by the content on YouTube but set up the course, “Learning from YouTube,” to explore the role of the popular site.
     YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied,” student Darren Grose said. “You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”

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