Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tidal Rave

Now for a happier topic:

Mike Wesch, who I wrote about in a previous post, In the Footsteps of Ted Carpenter, which includes his wonderful YouTube video, The Machine is Us/ing Us, the winner of this year's Media Ecology Association's John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, has received an honor almost as great--well, okay, much greater. His colleague, Harald Prins, wrote the following in an e-mail I received earlier today:

Subject: Anthropologist Michael Wesch Wins Rave Award 2007

Dear Students, Friends & Colleagues,

Kansas State U anthropologist Michael Wesch, self-taught specialist in
digital ethnography, is one of the winners of this year's prestigious
RAVE award from Wired Magazine. Check it out at

He is off to San Francisco on Friday to receive this award, together
with other lauded innovators. For those not familiar with Wired
Magazine, it is described as “a full-color monthly American magazine
and on-line periodical published in San Francisco, California since
March 1993. Owned by Condé Nast Publications, it reports on how
technology affects culture, the economy, and politics. Wired was a
great success at its launch and was lauded for its vision, originality,
innovation and cultural impact. In its first four years, the magazine
won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and one for
Design” (Wikipedia).

The other winners include Arnold Schwarzenegger, J. K. Rowling, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Tim Kring (creator of the hit TV show Heroes), Alfonso Cuarón (director of the SF film, Children of Men), and Arianna Huffington!!!

That is, very, very impressive Mike--it's been a regular tsunami of kudos and accolades , hasn't it? And much deserved! Congratulations to you!

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