Dr. Michael Wesch

Associate Professor at Kansas State University

Michael Wesch is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. His work includes media ecology and digital ethnography, through which he studies the effects of new media on human interaction. Through his use of video, including the highly popular  “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” and “A Vision of Students Today,” Wesch is pursuing the possibilities for digital media to transform the manner in which ethnographies are presented. He has applied his research in the college classroom, where he has received numerous awards for innovative teaching techniques. His work includes collaboration in a project with the Educause Center for Applied Research on its “The Tower and the Cloud” project, which is considering how higher education institutions (The Tower) can interoperate with the emerging network-based business and social paradigm (The Cloud).