Several months ago, Mike Wesch from the University of Kansas posted a video called A Vision of Students that has been watched nearly a million and a half times and has been quite influential in that part of academia that looks upon new technologies as the savior of America education.
In researching my next book, The Metaphysics of Media, over the last several years I came across a lot of information that calls into question the unspoken assumptions of A Vision of Students and others of Mike Wesch's videos. I wish you'd watch some of Wesch's videos and consider his ideas, because they are -- or are becoming -- the mainstream view about the new technologies we call "Web 2.0" and, frankly, I can't seem to find the same level of enthusiasm and support for that view as the rest of our culture has.
At any rate, I produced this response to Wesch's "Vision" based (loosely and very generally) on a couple of themes in my new book, The Metaphysics of Media (hopefully soon to be published). I would love to hear reactions to both sides of the debate.