The Age of User-Created Content

Good morning from Princeton, New Jersey! Jenny Levine and I are here to present the Roadshow at Princeton Public Library! “Conversation, Community, Connections, and Collaboration: Practical, New Technologies for User-centered Services” our Social Software & Libraries Workshop features some time devoted to user-created content. How cool is it then that in today’s USA Today, there’s an article devoted to YouTube:

But fame on YouTube doesn’t necessarily mean big bucks or a career in the movies. For many fledgling stars, it’s about recognition from peers, having a top video, maybe being noticed walking down the street.

In other words, people, especially teens, are conceiving, directing and producing their own movies, handling their own publicity and becoming well-known in their own worlds.