Mike_Wesch.jpgMike Wesch is an Associate Professor of Socio Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his
work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for
Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and
Research Universities.

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This research was done by Corey Boling, a graduate student at Columbia University. Email him at

This is a page under The Use of Video a sub-topic of Wikimedia in the Arab World.
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