Friday, June 19, 2009 | 12:54 PM
When this video was uploaded to YouTube last summer, the office (and the Internet, judging from its 1M+ views) was ablaze with excitement: Kansas State University Professor Michael Wesch had eloquently articulated the "anthropology of YouTube" in a talk he gave at the Library of Congress. The 55-minute presentation outlines the evolution of YouTube and its role in our culture, and comes with a handy "chapter guide" in the description in case you only have a few minutes and want to jump to the part of the talk that specifically interests you.
Not only is it something we plan on showing our grandkids so they can understand what it is we worked on "back in the day," but also we feel it's essential viewing today for anyone who wants a university-caliber overview of this landscape and the must-know personalities and phenomena that shaped it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did: