User Generated Comments in Videos

User involvement is king. The web is built on participation.

Mojiti’s ability to add comments to video content has impressed me. I must say that got completely carried away and wanted to know more about one of the articles used in Mike Wesch’s video “The Machine is us/using us” that I noted yesterday. Luckily somebody already put a comment with a reference to the article, which, it turns out is a 2005 article from Wired.

Mojiti comment with link to Wired story

Here are the quotes pulled out for the video “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” at the point where he’s referring to the 2005 article We are the web. Here is the transcript of the text bits that are pulled from the article to create new sentences:

We are the web

When we post and then tag pictures
we are teaching the Machine

Each time we forge a link
we teach it an idea.

Think of the 100 billion times per day humans click on a web page

teaching the Machine

the Machine

By the way, this is a video version of the “cut-up technique” in poetry (besides from the fact that the words above are probably not chosen randomly):

Cut-up is performed by taking a finished and fully linear text (printed on paper) and cutting it in pieces with a few or single words on each piece. The resulting pieces are then rearranged into a new text. The rearranging of work often results in surprisingly innovative new phrases.

Watch video with comments below:

PS. I wanted to cite another part of We are the Web article. I’ve added a comment below to keep this post shorter.

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