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Help Me With My Citizen Media Learning Community

I am putting together a little proposal at Kennesaw State University for a faculty learning community built around Citizen Media. We might want to offer a minor for any student on the campus, but want to first do some research and thinking before we just jump into it.

So I am wondering, if you were leading the community, what books, videos, articles etc. would you suggest. I am a text oriented guy so was thinking, of course, Dan Gillmor’s We the Media; Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody, probably Chris Anderson’s Long Tail and because I learned so much about Open Source from it, Eric Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

David Cohn suggested, the video below, which is a really a must watch, even though it lasts an hour. It fully demonstrates the power of YouTube, while discussing it. Watch it, you will not be sorry; although since more than 200,000 people have already gone to it, you might have already been there, done that.  It is by the same anthropologist, Michael Wesch, who produced Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us. So here it is: An anthropological introduction to YouTube:


One Response to “Help Me With My Citizen Media Learning Community”

  1. Barbara Iverson Says:

    Include the wonderful tutorials from Common craft, especially “Social Media in Plain English” at

    You mention Cathedral and Bazaar, I would include the video, Revolution OS, a documentary about the Open Source movement. Eric Raymond is in it, as is Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds. You can get as a video or view online at

    And I have an ongoing online guide to interactive multimedia work that lists tutorials and links to useful apps (e.g. free ones) at

    Take care.