Posts tagged Hank Green
Posts tagged Hank Green
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.
This is the story of how Peeta Skeeter came to be.
It all started when John and Hank had gone back to their parents home for something around August of 2011. I had been following the /hankgames channel on YouTube for a little bit and the game of the day was Hank v. John in a game of FIFA 11. It was entertaining and much like the rest of /hankgames I figured I would watch it from time to time.
Well, they only ever put out 6 episodes of the Hank v. John FIFA matches when John started playing his own games. He had a format and there were fun to watch. Then one fateful night on 10/6/11 I had finished up all of my homework for that day I decided to create the Swindon Town Gazette (now known as the Swoodilypooper Gazette) and reblog the match and write up a match report. I created a twitter account and we were off to the races.
When I originally started the paper I thought I might post for a week or two or maybe even a month but not that long. And since this was a fictitious team and a fictitious paper I decided I wanted a pseudonym to publish under. I had not read the Hunger Games yet and was not even aware of Peeta Mallark. I was, and of course still am, a huge Harry Potter fan. One of my favorite third tier characters was Rita Skeeter; I just never felt like she got enough page time. There just seemed to be so much more to her story than was ever told. Add that to the fact that she was a journalist in easily one of the greatest series of books of all time and I am of the male persuasion and Peeta Skeeter was born.
And why Peeeta then? Well, I choose Peeta because it rhymed with Rita. It is not fancy or anything but that is the reason. So, as Paul Harvey used to say, now you have the rest of the story.
My irritation with the Vlog Brothers is definitely complicated and involves a lot of things as well, mostly a lot of the naivety that I see coming from the whole Nerdfighter movement, as well as the Green brothers being praised for ideas that really aren’t that novel.
The world is a shitty place. Not entirely shitty, but it’s broken, and you can’t ignore that. You have to learn how to criticize it, function within it, take things apart, not just try and Think Positive Thoughts to make it all go away. I try to balance my own negativity with positive or silly things, but you have to go the other way as well.
Criticism from yourself and others is vital, recognizing and working around limitations is a good thing, acknowledging weaknesses and compensating is vital for existing in our society. You can be positive without being ignorant. You can have self-confidence and still balance it out by continuing to evolve.
I’m a great person, but I’m not a perfect person, and I think that’s my main beef with them, that they say ‘You, yes you are a special snowflake and let no one tell you different.’ Sure, there is only one of you but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve or change or what have you over time. Or that you are immune to criticism because you’re a Nerdfighter.
As a person who identifies as a Nerd Fighter I am confused because you say you have to look at the world critically and then refuse to look at Nerd Fighters and the Vlog Brothers critically. You out of hand dismiss them as rose colored glasses group that ignore the problems in the world and live in a place where everything is puppies and rainbows. I can see how on the surface this might be what you see, with the constant reminders to be yourself and our motto DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome).
However this is simply not true. I chose to identify as a Nerd Fighter because they look at the world and realize that it is a shitty place and directly do things to impact it. DFTBA is simply a reminder that we need to not only make sure we don’t contribute to the suckiness that is the world but actively try to increase the good. Hank Green runs EcoGeek which is a site dedicated to green technology and improving the world that way. Hank also went to Haiti with Charity Water. Both of the brothers work in their foundation that holds an event every year on Dec 17th to raise money for charities that are picked by the community who donates the money. These are just a few things they do throughout the year.
I could understand some criticism that maybe they could do more with their influence or that there are better ways they could do the things they do but I think accusing them of being naive means you have missed the mark. The demographic they speak to is largely ~ 12-22 and the message is tailored to that age group. What the Vlog Brothers are doing through Nerdfighteria is creating people who are socially aware that this world is not perfect and setting the ground work for people to think critically about the world and affect real change.
I also understand as somebody who identifies as a Nerd Fighter myself critics are likely to just dismiss what I have said but this is what I get out of Nerdfighteria. Perhaps I am the only one, but I don’t think so.
Let’s talk about John Green’s reaction to me bringing him my idea book to sign last night.
I was expected him, after having signed THOUSANDS of autographs in his life, to open the book, smile, sign it, and tell me to be awesome or something cool like that. As I handed him my little black moleskine, he opened it and I said, “This is my idea book. I wanted you to sign it because your writing influences mine more than anyone else.”
He didn’t nod. He didn’t shrug it off. He paused and looked up, right into my face.
“Wow, really?” he said, half-disbelieving and half-surprised.
“Really.” I said.
It was the single most genuine and heartfelt response I’ve ever felt when I tell someone they influenced my work.
And it was AWESOME.
So thanks, Mr. Green. Your speech was incredible and that little 30 second exchange we had solidified my desire to keep on writing for the rest of my life.
What it would be like to wake up one day and make the kind of difference the VlogBrothers make.