My recent talk at IOT Thought Leadership Meeting

If you are interested in what I mean by “Digital First” strategy and what we are trying to do at xLab, please watch this 18-min presentation.

Consumption and Production

Bradley Bloch wrote a post on Huffington Post that the proliferation of non-professional media production increased non-productive consumption of media. He uses an example of a popular YouTube video, ‘Charlie Bit Me’. Here is what he wrote:

One of the most popular videos on YouTube, “Charlie bit my finger–again!” depicting a boy sticking his fingers in his little brother’s mouth, has been viewed 211 million times. Something that took 56 seconds to create–and which was only intended to be seen by the boys’ godfather–has sucked up the equivalent of 1600 people working 40 hours a week for a year. Now that’s leverage.

What he did not note is how many different forms of re-creation took place after ‘Charlie bit me’ video. According to my count, since it was first posted, this short 56-second video inspired more than 5,700 different types of re-mix. Some are simple re-enactment of the same sequence; others are more creative by doing animations, different characters and so on. Some took a completely different forms of expression, such as hip hop dance music. Below is a collection of those re-mix of ‘Charlie bit Me’ that I use in my presentations to illustrate the generative and unbounded nature of digital innovations.

What Bloch and others like him seem to often fail to note is that the bigger picture of social change is not that we are becoming more stupid due to the digital media consumption, but that the traditional boundary of professional producers and consumers are breaking down.

JK Rowling Havard Graduation Speech

This is an extraordinarily inspiring speech. It is quite sad to note that the speech is apparently blocked in China. Just being able to watch this video without worrying about the potential consequences of watching it is a precious gift that we should be grateful of.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

Evolution of Charlie Bit Me

This is a short video clip that I put together for my class last night. It shows many different adaptations of Charlie Bit me video, which was originally posted in March 2007. Since then, this 55-second video has been watched almost 130 million times. A quick search on You Tube with “Charlie Bit Me” produces 13,900 different videos. Through this clip, I wanted to show the nature of unbound innovation with digital technology to my students. You see how Charlie evolves move to different countries, ages, and gender over time. Then, you see a group of kids doing Charlie. Then, you see a series of animations including Charlie Brown, Unicon, and even Lego characters. It ends with a hip-hop remix of Charlie video and a live performance by a using the track.