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.

Vlogbrothers:

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.’

CGPGrey:

Complex things explained. Good ol’ fashioned learning.

Vsauce:

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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