To Live in this World

by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014

Seven of the eleven students in my Digital Ethnography class moved into a continuing care retirement community full-time, while the other four visited often. After four months and 100+ hours of interviews, the students found themselves fully immersed in the lives and stories of the residents. This short compresses many lifetimes into a brief exploration of meaning and significance throughout the life cycle. Official Selection for the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris.

For more background on how and why we started living in a retirement community, check out our full-length documentary from 2013, Smile Because it Happened.

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University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University.

Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and “the explainer” by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society and education. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

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