Day 173: I’m obsessed with educational videos on YouTube.

There’s so much awesome content out there. Why aren’t you watching it? I’ve (de-)evolved to a point where I can’t sit patiently while watching broadcasted TV or even streaming content anymore. Most of my engagements are now on YouTube.

To make myself feel less guilty after watching people dance sexily to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (seriously, though, it’s hypnotic to watch), I try to binge on educational videos to better inform myself in a world increasingly resistant to data that doesn’t confirm their own biases.

Here are some of my favorite channels (and my favorite video in them):

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

So much good animated stuff on TED-ED. There are many to choose from, but I think I’ve seen this one several times.

Kurzgesagt (In A Nutshell)

Oh, the glorious animation style, the steady narration, the quirky humor. Of all the videos to choose from, I think this one is one of the easiest pills to swallow on a topic that’s extraordinarily difficult to discuss.

RealLifeLore

“What if…” The endless inquiry that motivates this channel compels me to engage as well. While I don’t love the narration, and the animation is relatively shabbier than other channels with large armies to build collectively, the content is thought-provoking and well-researched enough for me to nod along.

Here’s a video about the persistence of remote locations in the globe vis-a-vis you, challenging our notion of an increasingly interconnected world.

CrashCourse

Many of you might know of John Green as “that guy who wrote The Fault in Our Stars,” and I’d shrug and move on with my life. I know Green better as the self-deprecating, fast-talking historian who conducts careful analyses with a not-so-subtle Marxist bent. CrashCourse is supposed by PBS and a lot of other stakeholders, and it shows.

Here’s a particularly challenging argument: an assessment of World War II independent of the usual moral arguments used to paint them.

Wisecrack

I’ve had very little philosophical training (maybe more than I’d like admit in graduate school), but these videos by Wisecrack have connected me more with complex theories on existentialism, ethics, theology, and more.

How? By apply them to content that already captivates me, such as Rick and Morty, a show I’ve come to love yet find myself surprised by that passion. This video deconstructs most of what is special about the show and why it’s gained such a prominent following.


Someday? (A personal ambition)

I want to create my own animated education channel someday, which is why I’m brushing up on Hayao Mizayaki videos, especially ones that talk about process. I’m also reviewing a lot of the data science-related content out there — it could be done better, and I might be in a position to explore that with Metis.

If you’ve got recommendations for great videos on how to animate with speed without compromising flow and precision, send them my way.

I’m here to learn.

— Lee