Hyperlinked Memories – Cyborg Anthropology

Posted: June 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Anthropologist Micheal Wesch noticed that the social clout of teenagers was related to storytelling. Those that told the best stories that riffed off of the current group topic had the highest clout in the situation. When YouTube became available, he watched teenagers exchange playing videos for each other in place of these stories. The group member with the best hyperlink to an externalized memory or externalized story gained social clout for telling it. [1]. Playing external memories was a new behavior that accomplished an age-old social status play.

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