YouTube? What’s That?
Another day, another post!
So, I’m in the bit of the academic year where I (usually) don’t have that much time on my hands, implying that I can’t sit down to watch a full-fledged movie or an hour-long TV show episode. (We shall ignore the fact that I spent yesterday watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League.) In my search for momentary episodic entertainment, I have found myself browsing through *cue drumroll*… Twitter!
Okay, yes, it’s entertaining, but that’s not what you came here for. YouTube is the star of this post. I discovered the hidden (for me) gem of a platform in 2019, but I dived into it in earnest through the 2020 peak of the pandemic, back home in India. What drew me to it was investigative journalism (à la Vice and Vox), but what kept me here is the SHEER VARIETY of this platform. You find everything from Vine compilations to a deep-dive into the fallout of Cambridge Analytica on there (yes, I’ve watched both kinds of videos on there).
I figured that it isn’t possible that I’m the only one who spends a lot of time on YouTube. There must be some kindred souls among my fellow Warwick-ians (okay we know that won’t stick) who spend as much time as I do, trawling through YouTube for good content. So, I thought I could share a list of some of the people who I LOVE on YouTube. Let’s hope you are introduced to someone new today and find your new YouTube binge-watch here!
- Vox: Top-quality investigative journalism; I hope I can work here someday. Vox is what brought me to YouTube, especially via their series ‘Borders’, which examined socio-political issues that are rampant along borders, or sometimes just interesting facts about why some borders are the way they are. Recently, I watched the series “Glad You Asked”; the latest series focuses on systemic racism in the US. Would definitely recommend watching, if you’re up for it.
- Vice/Munchies: Again, great investigative reporting, albeit in a different tone. I’ve been watching some of their recurring series, like “The War on Drugs” (self-explanatory) and “Informer”, which focuses on individuals who bring unique perspectives that we normally will not have access to. For example, I recently watched the video “Exposing How the Far Right Recruits People”, which was the testimony of an ex Neo-Nazi in Britain.
- Johnny Harris: Remember “Borders”? Yeah, Johnny Harris was the producer for that series, during his time at Vox. Now, working independently, he brings his style of story-telling and unconventional takes to us in a similar format, focusing on topics ranging from shampoos and McDonalds ice-cream machines to Alexei Navalny. You’ll see how they all fit together when you begin watching his videos.
- Iz Harris: Iz Harris, an erstwhile producer on Eater (another channel I LOVE), has an amazing channel which focuses a lot on her life as a co-founder of the travel learning company BrightTrip (Johnny is also a co-founder) and her take on mental health, among other things. She has helped me realise the importance of mental health (and taking care of it), a message that rings true during this pandemic. Pro-tip: sign up for her monthly newsletters, there are so many amazing, inspirational resources that she sends across, curated just for you!
- Jack Edwards: I was introduced to Jack Edwards early last year, and I have been HOOKED ever since. Until last year, he was a student at Durham University, and now he works as a publishing assistant based in London. If you’re a student in the UK, chances are you’ve already heard of him, and watched the content he makes. Most recently, a video that I LOVED watching was him reading all the books that Taylor Swift has recommended over the years; it was really interesting to see how the books she read had been alluded to in her music, and how it has inspired her creatively. Also, his STYLE OMG. Anyway, let’s move on.
- Damon Dominique: Damon is an American living in Paris. It sounds very ‘Emily in Paris’, but it isn’t. As someone who will (hopefully) very soon be living in Paris, it has been amazing to see how someone not-from-France lives life in France. What I find unique about his videos is his storytelling style, and how he talks to the camera; even this one-way conversation makes me feel like we’re the best of friends! I really liked watching his series “Red Wine Talks”, which is him essentially getting existential with his friends over a bottle of red wine. Fun!
- Eve Cornwell: Last, but not the least; Eve Cornwell. She is one of the first content creators I started to follow (earnestly) on YouTube. At the time, she was still a student, doing the LPC in London; as of now, she is working as a trainee solicitor. Again, when I watched her videos, I felt like it was a conversation with a friend, rather than me watching a video through a screen. Definitely would recommend!
And I think I’ll stop there. I could go on and on and on, but I’m sure you have things to do. Leave a like if you enjoyed watching (uh wait what), share with your friends, and subscribe! (I actually have a YouTube channel [lol] so this makes sense in my head. Maybe not. Maybe I need to sleep. Okay. Yes. Good night.)
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