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Author Copy with Ian Hesketh

This past November, the 24th to be exact, marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Academics celebrated this milestone with conferences held in major and lesser cities around the world but the general public had their fun too as specials on television and the radio sought to remind viewers and listeners of the vast importance of the Origin and the man who spent so many years researching, writing, and agonizing over what he called the “mystery of mysteries,” the origin of species and their histories.

Author Copy with Bradley Buchanan

My first published academic book had been commissioned by an editor of a British series, and once I’d finished that project, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to write another scholarly book. Not that this first experience had been a bad one, but I wasn’t at a school that demanded a second book for tenure, and I felt I had my hands full with a young daughter, a 4/4 teaching load, and an incurable penchant for writing poetry.

Earl H. Fry’s Lament for America

Lament for America pinpoints three critical headwinds facing the United States: (1) the rise of competitor nations or groups of nations such as China and the European Union; (2) the potent combination of globalization, rapid technology change, and creative destruction; and (3) 15 major “fault lines” within the U.S. itself.

Trends in Canadian Internet Use: 2009 – 2010

For this entry in my UTP blog I decided to talk about online video use within a video – using the medium to discuss the medium. The result is hosted on YouTube and can be viewed below. Herewith follows a brief reflection on the process of video blogging.

Amateurs: The New Common Culture

Time, the magazine that declared YouTube as the Person of the Year in 2006, recently released a list of YouTube’s top fifty videos. How this list was determined we do not know, but it is a marker of current tastes that merits attention.

Watching YouTube with Dr. Strangelove

Four years ago when I started to contemplate writing a book about YouTube I was aware that Internet companies can grow and fade faster than crocuses in the Spring. Would there be any ‘Tube to watch by the time the lengthy process of research, writing, and publishing a scholarly book ran its course? Google snapped up the young Internet start-up and made history with what was to become one of the fastest growing Web properties. While the future remains unwritten, it is clear that YouTube will be around for a while, and more importantly, amateur online videography is now a permanent part of media culture.

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