Youtube and the evolution of media consumption

During my three and a half months in Australia, I probably watched a total of 13 minutes of television.

Now that I’m back in America, I find myself watching less and less television. Outside of sports I rarely watch TV anymore. There are a few shows I like to keep up on, but I never watch them live – it’s usually a day or a week or a month later.

I do spend a considerable amount of time on the internet, and I would say that, for me, Youtube has become the #1 place where I watch video. And Twitter is where I get all my news.

The internet in 2012 is much, much different than it was in 2005 – and a lot of people have no idea what’s out there. Part of this, I think, is that the web has been bogged down with a ridiculous amount of content. But that’s why I love Twitter and Youtube and Google Reader – there are ways to tailor content that reflect your interests and passions. I know that, for the most part, every new tweet or video upload will be something that I enjoy reading or viewing.

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite Youtube channels. In the past I would find myself watching one random Youtube video after another, but recently have I honed in on specific channels that are intelligent, engaging, and just plain awesome. No TV studios, no commercials, no famous actors – just people with good stories to tell. If you’re reading this blog, you probably share some of the same interests as me, so I think you would enjoy them as well:

Wheezy Waiter:

Wheezy Waiter is probably my favorite Youtube channel. It’s run by a guy named Craig Benzine, who is like, the funniest person ever. His videos are fast-paced, chaotic, self-depracating, and just plain ridiculous – but beneath all of it are just genuine life lessons. And explosions.


Back in 2007, two brothers (Hank and John Green) ceased textual communication and communicated only through video blogs. Eventually the channel grew into something more – a community of people dedicated to literature, music, charity, and in their words, awesomeness.

Ze Frank:

Ze Frank is known as the ‘godfather of video blogging.’ He was one of the first to regularly post video blogs (he posted a video every day for a year starting in March 2006). His first video blog was called ‘the show.’ A few months ago, he started a new video blog called ‘a show.’


Complex things explained. Good ol’ fashioned learning.


Another channel that posts really interesting and at times mind-blowing videos.

PBS Aside Channel:

This is a new one I came across recently. Good stuff.

Basically, to sum it all up – the way we consume media has evolved so that interesting and engaging content is easily accessible. And the nature of Youtube is a meritocracy, so good channels do tend to rise to the top. But still, I think there are sooo many people out there that are interested in this stuff, but don’t know where to find it.

I assume if you’ve made it down here you’ve watched all the videos. But if you haven’t, you should. And subscribe to these channels because they’re constantly creating new content.


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