***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Links seem to emerge for the weirdest reasons online... this is happening on the you-post-your-own-video site: YouTube. > With the latest crop of videos, a new style has emerged, though, one > that is at once absolutely mundane and completely postmodern: people > posting videos of themselves watching YouTube videos. And that's just > the start. > > One of the most discussed YouTube clips lately features a young woman > who calls herself pizzelle2 watching a video of another YouTube user, > who is watching another YouTuber, and so on. The video's recursiveness > goes several steps deeper, until it reaches the promised land: the > Wausau home of a 24-year-old woman known as Nornna, top right. > > Nornna's videos, which number in the hundreds, are hardly salacious. > Usually she is doing something completely commonplace: making a peanut > butter and jelly sandwich, powdering her feet, missing her bus, > watching television. Some videos of Nonna, shown above at top, have > been viewed more than 50,000 times. As her videos gained an audience, > her fans started posting videos of themselves watching Nornna, and the > momentum was unstoppable. And of course it has come down to a contest of who has the strangest link chain... > Of these, the most popular, and most discussed on YouTube's message > boards, is pizzelle2's "I Win at Nornna." Like Nornna, pizzelle2 > wouldn't consent to an interview, but in the video, she declares > herself the winner because one video she watches includes Nornna > watching pizzelle2 watch Nornna. It is Nornna-watching gone full > circle. > > There's no end to the possibilities. Why, someone might even post a > video of himself reading a newspaper article about recursive videos. No matter what the original reason for your site, it is all "social" in the end! http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/16/arts/16carney.html Enjoy! Valdis _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.