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And then I read the article...

I can’t really speak to a lot of the author’s criticism, because the only original channels that I’ve watched are the ones he specifically mentions liking: SciShow, Crash Course, and Geek and Sundry. But there was one sentence that really bothered me:

The clarity and, let’s be honest, greater quality of the older medium (no one’s making anything for the Web that belongs in the same sentence with the best television shows) is balanced by the variety and energy of YouTube.

What he says he’s saying is that web content can’t be better than television content, but then he goes and says that nothing on the web is better than the best television shows, which is very definitely not the same thing. And while I disagree with that, because there is some damn good stuff online, I could give you that opinion if you also admitted that there is some utter crap on TV—a lot of utter crap on TV, actually—that is worse than even some of the middle level web content. 

It’s just a really poorly justified argument that feels to be unfairly in favor of TV. I would rather watch the same episode of Crash Course on repeat for eight hours than have to watch ten minutes of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. I’d rather watch one of the more mediocre early vlogbrothers videos on repeat for eight hours than have to watch ten minutes of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, for that matter.

Filed under john green hank green new york times scishow crash course geek and sundry online video television vlogbrothers

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Okay so I want to post about my thoughts on the whole Kony thing and why, while I care about what an awful guy Joseph Kony is, I’m not doing anything about it, and especially not supporting KONY 2012 (which I’ll admit I don’t fully understand).

So when I first started seeing this KONY 2012 stuff yesterday it made me really uncomfortable and I couldn’t quite figure out why. I almost made this post yesterday after reading Hank’s thoughts (and to a lesser extent John’s response) on the matter, because they articulated some of the things that I hadn’t been able to articulate about why it made me uncomfortable, such as the fact that the internet grabs onto things and they’re a thing for like a day and then they’re gone, and the fact that people were posting about it really obnoxiously in places it didn’t belong, like the comments of John’s video about Syria. Also sometime yesterday I started seeing posts about how Invisible Children, even if their ultimate goals are good, is not necessarily a good organization, which I think is one of the other things that initially made me kind of viscerally uncomfortable… people just jump on stuff without knowing anything about it.

So this morning I woke up and the first thing I saw was this post, which sort of brought all those disparate things I’d been thinking about yesterday together into one post and it clicked in my brain. Aside from the questionable stuff with Invisible Children, I’m not worrying as much as I probably should about the whole Joseph Kony issue because I don’t have time to. That may sound horrible, but there is only so much time to worry about important issues, and while all the rest of you are spending all of your caring-about-things energy on Joseph Kony, other causes are being neglected.

I’m not saying I don’t care, obviously. I think the LRA is horrible and awful and child slavery is horrible and awful and any man who is responsible for any of it is horrible and awful, but there are lots of other horrible, awful things in the world: what about all the child slaves who are picking the chocolate you eat,* what about all of the young LGBT kids who are dying because they feel so alone and hated, what about the people and animals that lose their homes when somebody wants to cut down the rainforest to build a factory?

There’s only so much worrying a person can reasonably do. And I think the root of my point is that I don’t think people should choose their own personal most important causes based on which causes are popular on the internet right now.**

*this one has been on my mind lately because of the HPA and also because it was something we talked about a ton when we went to Ghana, and it’s a cause I’m actively working on supporting, by trying (and often failing, but it’s a start), to not eat chocolate that isn’t fair trade. It’s also got me thinking about other fair trade and trying to drink fair trade tea.

**This actually makes me think about how the P4A was run this year. I don’t have some big problem with it; I think it was awesome and I’m very glad we raised so much money and awareness. But I am now wondering if it makes the most sense to donate to the most popular charities, when those are no doubt the charities that are also getting a huge influx of money from P4Aers donating directly. I wonder what other way we could do it though… maybe a lottery system with some of the charities that got a lot of votes but not the most votes? Discuss.

Filed under kony 2012 joseph kony lra charity causes john green hank green visible children caring hpa fair trade p4a project for awesome

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Neil Patrick Hank Llamobster
The very first fruit of my photoshop labors. This is possibly funny to like one person besides me. Maaaaaybe two. Probably zero.
(Edit: To be clear, all I did was replace NPH’s face with little Hank’s. The llama and the lobster part were done by my graphic design teacher last semester.)

Neil Patrick Hank Llamobster

The very first fruit of my photoshop labors. This is possibly funny to like one person besides me. Maaaaaybe two. Probably zero.

(Edit: To be clear, all I did was replace NPH’s face with little Hank’s. The llama and the lobster part were done by my graphic design teacher last semester.)

Filed under Claudia? Topaz? little hank hank green llama nph lobster

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All the money I spent online this weekend

Mostly for P4A, and itemized chronologically:

Total spent on p4a: $166.21, plus a lot of time comment spamming. It was my first ever p4a and it was pretty incredible. Very inspiring, certainly, and I feel very good about spending so much money on so many different good causes.

Filed under p4a rheagan's journey foundation to decrease worldsuck john green fireball wilson roberts kids in need of desks K.I.N.D. project for awesome christmas kiva zombies esther this star won't go out tswgo ya saves maureen johnson reading is fundamental rif hank green katherine green livestream treasure coast wildlife center alex day forever yours forever day world vision wayne foundation child hank baby hank i have never spent so long on a text post