‘The Explainer’ on How New Media ‘Mediate’ Our World

Posted: September 29, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist from Kansas State University, will present a free talk on “The World Remixed: How New Media Mediate Our World.” Wesch will give the talk from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus.

Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Wesch explores the eff­ects of new media on society and culture.

After two years studying the implications 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 culture, technology, education and information have been viewed by millions, translated in more than 15 languages and are frequently featured at international festivals and major academic conferences around the world.

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. In 2009, he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic magazine.

He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

View Wesch’s most-viewed You Tube clip, “A Vision of Students Today,” online.

On Monday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m., Wesch will also give the keynote presentation, “From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able: Beyond Critical Thinking and Information Literacy in New Media Environments,” at Mason’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference.

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