An anthropological introduction to Youth is one of the presentations by Michael Which of Kansas State University. He teaches a class called Digital Ethnography, and “ethnography is the study of a culture. ” Nowadays, there are many kinds of mass media appearing to connect people around the world. Thus, on Michael West’s website, he writes, “Our work explores how humans use media, how media uses us, and how we can use new media to reveal our insights in new ways. That a reason why he and his team studied the culture in Youth. The presentation discuss about how different our world is now because of media websites that are now available. The Internet has increasingly developed and become part of our everyday life. The video focuses on Youth, a place where people can share their voice and will be vocal because of the anonymity that is provided. Moreover, Youth also gives people the new way to create “new forms of expression and new forms of community and new forms of identity. Which and his team started getting on Youth, and participating in this community to give these consequences. In anthropology, we call participant observation, “is a research method for earning about culture that involves living in a culture for an extended period while gathering data. ” (Miller. Page 30) In the study culture, there have some ideas interesting presented by Michael Which. First of all, people are the center of immediacies. “Media mediate human relationships”. Media change and these affect human relationships.
People address Youth as being a community because their own communities are less connected through people to people communication, and there more individualized networks “from place-to-place to person-to-person connectivity’ (Barry Hellman). Next, a WebMD can give oh a new voice and a new form of identity and community to create global connections. It is getting easier and easier to connect with each other no matter people’s location. Thus, the WebMD is not only “a little glass dot”, but also “the eyes of the world. Another idea is when we view ourselves through a video that we made; we can see how we appear to others and wait to give some interesting reflections. Once more thing, “Make a simple statement on your hand, and show it to the world”, Mad V said. It just a simple message, but it is enough make this becomes the most responded to video in history of Youth. There are thousands people to response this message all over the world. It is one Of powers Of Youth. Michael Which made a point that anthropology is not just about observing but actually participating in the activity.
That is why he and his team took part in the things they were studying. For example, Which participated observation in New Guiana, and they were back in Youth. They introduced themselves to the Youth community in the Spring of 2007 with this video. In addition, the students in his team, “They are going to be responding to your video. They are going to be posting questions themselves. They are going to be flogging. They are going to be there in the community, right there with you. ” They worked together to accomplish this in studying the culture of Youth.
The kinds of data Michael Which and his team collecting are some quantitative data and qualitative data. In anthropology, these concepts are “quantitative data, such as the amount of land in relation to the population or the numbers of people with particular health problems, and qualitative data, such as recordings of myths and conservations and filming of events. ” (Miller, page 38) In this video, the students in West’s team can upload things anytime. “They can be taking notes on the videos, and all that goes to data base that we can analyze. ” Exactly, they used the team projects as a method to collect data.
They mixed methods such as participant observation, taking notes, recording, films of events or something like that collecting data sets. Another attracting me is some concepts focused on by students. They are such as re-cognition, self-awareness, authenticity, the looking glass self, identity, popularity, the immediacies, why people” Tube”, human connection, empathy, global social movements, participation, community, games, lawfulness, medium theory, flogging, politics, ideology, popularity on Youth, the history of Youth, haters, Paraguayan, proteomics, synchronicity, fame, virtual worlds and video aesthetics.
There are some of them that I have not ever heard before. In my opinion, all of these concepts in this video and the titles/headings the chapters to be covered this semester are that just focus on studying every aspects of human being. It makes us understand clearly about the history the human development, how the people to connect each other, the interaction of human being with the environment and so on.