Posts tagged Hank Green
Posts tagged Hank Green
Some of the people I follow are talking about how bad the YouTube music awards were and how only two actual YouTubers won awards (I understand they only gave out 6 awards? So that is 33%?).
I am a bit confused as to what we expected.
When YouTube announced that the nominations came in by views and thumbs up it was clear to me that most artists winning would be Vevo artists. YouTube is clearly trying to cater to the big business these days and bring more “lean back” content to their site. This is largely because the majority of the general YouTube audience is logging on to check a video a friend sent them or how to replace X part on Y device or the latest music video or cat videos; and the reality is that few people (by comparison to total traffic) actually subscribe to a channel and watch the majority of their videos. As an example, Pewdiepie, the number one channel that is not the YouTube spotlight channel, with just over 15 million subs worldwide counts for less than .1% of the over 1 billion unique users that visit YouTube each month. So even Pewdiepie has a small audience compared to the amount of traffic that YouTube generates. We saw something similar with the Streamy’s for their first two seasons. The third season was better but still not full on YouTuber winners.
It seems the people who are the most vocal about how bad the show was are upset because “real YouTubers” didn’t win. The way I see it this wasn’t a show for real YouTubers it was a show for people who post music on YouTube and unfortunately that means professional artists and the like. I know some people wanted a show where YouTubers were the only, or at least majority, winners but the only way I see this happening is if the show is created by the very people (or their networks) that we want to honor.
Take the ApprenticeA team for example. When they wanted to create a film festival highlighting content on YouTube created by YouTubers so they didn’t contact the Hollywood Foreign Press, or the Academy, or any of the myriad of other existing film festivals out there. They just set out and created their own thing and when it happens this coming weekend we can all sit back and judge them for how well they put on a show; but we wont be able to judge them for excluding the people a lot of us consider to be the real YouTubers.
So if ApprenticeA, Phillip Defranco and SourceFed, Shay Carl and Maker Studios, or even the Vlog Brothers would like to create a music awards show that has only, or mostly, real YouTubers in it then it would probably be better if they took it upon themselves to create something and make the magic happen. In fact I would purchase tickets right now.
Sure the YouTube music awards didn’t highlight that many people who make a living directly off YouTube. Sadly, I don’t believe that was ever the intention of the show. My hope is that this will spur somebody on to make a better show in the future that focuses on these people. We should be the change we want to see (:
(YouTube stats: http://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html)
Here is a video we made that is about 1 part YouTube, 1 part Vlogumentary, and 1 part about DFTBA News
Would anybody be interested in a LBD-esque version of any of the following
And probably many others. There are just the ones that popped into my head.
THIS. IS. INFURIATING.
I know that Good Morning America isn’t news, I know that they don’t matter, and I know that it doesn’t matter what they think about online video. But after watching this puffy hatchet job, I could not not post about it. Let’s just go through this point by point.
- Jenna Marbles is the “Queen of Clicks.” This is a seemingly innocuous phrase, but it’s indicative of the attitude here, making Jenna’s success not about the significance of what she does, but about a meaningless activity that other people do “clicking.” It removes all significance from the interaction people have with Jenna. This is what we call a backhanded compliment.
- “So Many teens and tweens hanging on her every word.” This is GMA’s attempt at attempting to make this story relevant to the people (moms) who watch their show. Except they miss the point that MOST OF THOSE MOMS WATCH JENNA MARBLES! They have no idea…NOT IDEA of Jenna’s reach because (apparently) they have NEVER USED AN INTERNET.
- Which is pretty insane considering that apparently she has “over a billion followers” on YouTube. This is a fact that can be checked and found wanting with a very limited understanding of reality (never mind the internet) since only 750 million people in the world SPEAK ENGLISH.
- “She may just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of.” Another backhanded compliment.
- Next we compare her facebook to JLaw and her instagram to Oprah…more attempts to connect with the issues moms in America really care about.
- “And all for making videos about, well, nothing.” REALLY?! DID YOU WATCH ANY OF THE VIDEOS?! First, comedy doesn’t have to be about something. But more importantly, Jenna’s videos aren’t about nothing, they’re about culture and sexism and growing up. Hiding in amongst all that “nothing” are often poignant insights.
And now we arrive at the interview portion, which is the most frustrating for me, and has to be much worse for Jenna. They intersperse Jenna’s comments with the most inane and out of context clips they can find, and then ask Jenna a total of TWO QUESTIONS.
1. What does it feel like to get a bunch of views? Which is innocuous.
…and the kicker…
2. Do you think you deserve to have as many fans as you do?
Which is just…makes me…on fire…flames!
The only way to ask that question is if you, as an interviewer, have made your mind up that the person does NOT deserve their success. And in the end, that’s how the entire segment feels to me, a bunch of people making fun of a creator who they are threatened by and who they do not understand. And of course they’re threatened by it, Jenna Marbles (on her own, with a cheap camera) can make a video that gets more viewed by more people than an episode of Good Morning America.
Instead of talking about anything interesting or criticizing Jenna for legitimate reasons (which they could have done) GMA spent five minutes making fun of one of the most influential creators that exists in the world right now. But what’s worse is they didn’t criticize her for legitimate reasons, they made fun of her for NOT MATTERING…for not being important…for being a meaningless cultural blip that they’re certain will just disappear. You wanna talk about something ridiculous…it’s you GMA, not Jenna.
Again, I don’t care that GMA doesn’t care about online video. I’m happy flying under the cultural radar for another few years, doing interesting things without legacy media paying attention (or, even with them actively attempting to marginalize us.) But I couldn’t watch this load of BS without commenting on it.
So Jenna, while I don’t agree with everything you’ve ever said, you absolutely deserve your success. You are innovative, intelligent, and hilarious. GMA is acting like you’re the new girl in school that all the cute boys like better than them and, guess what, you are.
If I ever have to go on television and talk about online video (not sure why I ever would…) I am consulting Hank Green about it so I can make sure to school some fools.
And now on to the next video, this one is from Manchildtrollhair, and is in support of the excellent charity West Island Association for the Mentally Handicapped (WIAIH) It is a fun video about a serious topic, that really talks about the issues facing the intellectually handicapped and the issues facing their charities
Hank Green has entered the livestream with special guest of Charlie. So for all you project for awesome people here is the next video. It is a video about Mental Health. It is difficult to talk about these issues, and this video highlights that, but also provides a charity with some of the solutions
So the video here is about people who lack laptops. This may seem like a pretty First World Problem, but it isn’t, the real problem of lacking a laptop is the lack of informational and organisational ability. The ideas that we are presented with every day are presented often through our laptop, it allows the equality of people and the connection of nations. An awesome charity to support
This is a friendly reminder that P4A starts tomorrow and we support this project 100% so be prepared for lots and lots of reblogs and video posts over the next 24 hrs starting at noon on 12/17/12.
You have been reminded (:
How to make your very own DFTBA stencil shirt… complete with derpy Hank?
We’re all Scared - [x]
This gif set (or similar ones) are all over my dash today. What I like about his set of quotes is the simple truth that exists in it. I know that one of John Green’s favorite quotes is that “truth resists simplicity” but in this situation it seems it does not.
This feeds right into Charlie McDonnell’s I am Scared video where he explains that creating and the fear that comes with it. For me it is actually the fear of being accepted that scares me the most. I am most comfortable being in the shadows and I like being the wall flower. When you are accepted it means you have to continue to perform at a certain level. DFTBA News was/is/and will continue to be a big deal for me. Sean and I put a lot into this blog thing I do and I hope you all like it (we don’t get daily hate mail so I think we are doing okay). My hope is that if there is anything that any of our readers are not a fan of (or that they really like) they will tell us so that we can continually get better. I cannot promise you I will always be perfect, or anywhere close, but I can promise you that I will always try to listen to our audience and adapt to what they desire while staying true to the mission of DFTBA News.