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Enjoy our growing collection of recent and classic WebVisions videos, produced by our friends at brytCAST.

Tomer Sharon, “WWE Ethnography: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!”

Synopsis: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is the largest and most popular professional wrestling company in the world. WWE programming introduces story-driven sports matches with predetermined outcomes and fighting maneuvers that are worked, all promoted as legitimate bouts. During this entertaining talk, Tomer will present an ethnographic analysis of the cultural phenomenon that is WWE. He will take apart this phenomenon from the point of view of a hardcore WWE fan and introduce key aspects of professional wrestling.

Through video and images, Tomer will demonstrate what is ethnography and how it can explain the social life of humans and express a credible reality.

(WebVisions Portland, May 8, 2014)

 


 

Tim Bray, “News for Web Lovers”

Synopsis: Is this a good time or a bad time to be a Web Person? On the downside, there’s a real risk that the whole Internet vanishes into one App Store or another.

On the upside, there’s an explosion of new browser-based development and design tools. But explosions are dangerous to be near! I tend to pessimism, and think we’re in danger of losing some of the goodies that the browser as universal-interface brought to the Net, and to the people round the world who use it.

On the other hand, there are grounds for optimism.

(WebVisions Portland, May 8, 2014)

 


 

Brian David Johnson, “Let’s do Humanity in the Machine”

Synopsis: Brian David Johnson, counters the myth of runaway, soulless machines, by investigating how technology reflects the mission and values of the societies that create it. From high-speed NASCAR racing to high-speed financial trading, we explore our intimate relationship with our machines and how we incessantly tune them for success, for profit, and routinely for greed. But what comes after greed? Understanding that we imbue our technology and machines with our humanity means we must think more closely about what we are building, why we are building it, and what we want our tools to accomplish.

Can we optimize for something other than profit? Streamline for profit plus… other values: fairness, quality, safety or social responsibility. How do we comprehend the dark side of our choices? Ultimately Johnson discovers how we can design our machines and technology to become the reflection of our better selves?

(WebVisions Portland, May 9, 2014)

 


 

Douglas Rushkoff, “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now”

 


 

Leslie Bradshaw, “The Future of the Web is Video”

 


 

Carla Diana, “Making Meaningful Design with the Internet of Things”

 


 

Kerry Bodine, “From User Experience to Customer Experience”

 


 

Jason Kunesh, “Rules of Thumb for Design Chicanery from Obama for America HQ”