NEW MEDIA KICKS LEGACY MEDIA’S ASSETS = MORE TRUSTED AND YES HONEST = “Holy (CHIOT), I Interviewed the President”
YOUNG PEOPLE = Don’t trust news organizations because no reason to trust them because they exist NOT to inform but to UPHOLD (CORPORATE) biases and values of that set of ideologies. Corporate Ideologies very few young people believe.
USA MEDIA = MSM = TOTALLY WORTHLESS = EVEN MSNBC!
I can watch 3 one hour shows in 15 minutes with a DVR!
ALMOST ALL WORTHLESS BULL CHIOT + CORPORATE LIES + CORPORATE PROPAGANDA + ZIONIST SCAMS IN BETWEEN! = IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH!
USA MSM = IN BIG TIME TROUBLE
FOX = 24/7 LYING CORPORATE PROPAGANDA!
FACT: FOX = 8% TRUTH + PURE LIES 60+% OF THE TIME + 22% HALF TRUTHS = 82% MOSTLY LIES!
CNN = MOUTH OF CIA PROPAGANDA = LATEST AIPAC-WALL STREET-ISRAELI NEOCON BILLIONAIRE PROPAGANDA!
“Holy (CHIOT), I Interviewed the President” by Bethany Mota and Glozell Green and Hank Green
CABLE NEWS = Complete lack of objectivity and representation has degraded the legitimacy of news media as a whole. Young people have absolutely no faith in people sitting at desks on television anymore.
CABLE NEWS = Has gotten so bad that the most trusted news show among people under 40 is on Comedy Central.
Daily Show = Spends so much time mocking the news media it decreased young people’s trust of the news. The news is losing an entire generation.
Daily Show = Young people watch Jon Stewart make fun of Fox News and they think “That’s what ‘news’ is” so they disengage. This isn’t just bad for journalism, it’s bad for America.
BIG QUESTION: How does a democracy function with no credible system for informing its citizens?
FACT: Legacy media mocks YOUNG PEOPLE because they’re terrified.
FACT: 60 = Median-aged CNN viewer
FACT: 68 = Median-Age FOX viewer
HOW does the White House communicate their perspectives and policies to Americans they lead if the news media no longer is capable or accepted?
Young people are incapable of finding other channels themselves.
The White House also found new channels — Before the State of the Union with a series of videos explaining new policies that they’d be announcing = 250,000 views isn’t a lot for a YouTuber, but it’s a ton for the White House who get around 5,000–30,000 views.
BUT HEY — We interviewed the President:
Hank Green – I was the safest bet. I’m a 34-year-old white male with a graduate degree. My videos sometimes involve farting and humping things, but my most common topics are science and thoughtfulness.
Bethany Mota is a 19-year-old who is easy to write off as just another cute, fashionable girl. Written Off? A lot of complexity since she’s smart, caring, funny, and charming.
Glozell Green is a 52-year-old comedian who has made a name for herself on YouTube with some outrageous challenge videos. Also, she is whip-smart, savvy, and has a laser-like focus on her goals.
I want to shout out to Google for this opportunity. They would have caught a lot less flak from the press if they’d used establishment folks.
We talk about serious topics in our videos through the lens of our own experiences. I talk about living with a chronic disease. Bethany talks about being bullied. Glozell talks about being racially marginalized. Our audiences do not watch us just to be entertained or to get information. They watch us because they like us. This is, of course, why the White House opened its doors to us. They want to connect with that diverse audience and they want that connection to be sympathetic.
Google asked us not to go easy on the President. After I sent Google my first list of questions, they got back to me pushing me to drop the soft balls. = Really liked your questions on regulation, North Korea, and drugs/incarceration. We (I think) managed to ask real questions and still be ourselves.
Fox thinks Obama’s degraded the office of the presidency. Murdoch even asked why them and NOT Netanyahu?
Fox News functions so successfully as an arm of the Republican Party because journalism used to be an unassailable fortress of legitimacy. NOT ANYMORE!
Walter Cronkite wasn’t representing a political ideology. He was discussing the news. Cable news today uses the residual legitimacy of that bygone era (that they are simultaneously destroying) to degrade the legitimacy of their political opponents.
There is nothing actually legitimate about Fox News (or MSNBC for that matter) and young people know this.
I may be biased here, but I feel like there’s an actual and honorable goal in all of this. America needs to convince young people that there are good reasons to be civically involved. Millenials are soon to be the biggest hunk of the electorate and, if the mid-terms are any indication, they simply don’t care. And that shouldn’t be surprising since no one is connecting to them in the ways they connect with each other or talking about issues that matter to them from perspectives they can identify with.
Legacy media accuses young people of being apathetic while actively attempting to remove them from the discussion.
There’s a problem that needs to be solved and this is clearly an attempt to solve it. That’s part of what convinced me it was a good idea for me to be involved. The other part, to be clear, was that I got to interview the freaking President.
But the mockery began as soon as the interviews were announced. Jim Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, asked the press secretary, “I’m just curious, was ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ or ‘David After Dentist’ not available?”
LEGACY MSM = Has DEGRADED THEMSELVES = MEDIA is the real source of their own DEMISE.
LEGACY MSM = Belittling and diminishing our interviews with Obama = Degraded their own legitimacy so much that, YOUNG PEOPLE find a 34-year-old former bio-chemist and current video blogger a more legitimate source of unbiased thought and information than the fucking news?
LEGACY MSM = Sub-consciously they understand the really terrifying thing is Glozell and Bethany and I weren’t put in a chair next to President Obama because we have cultivated an audience. We were put there because we have cultivated legitimacy.
NEW MEDIA = NO Armani suits on a Corporate Designed Set, but instead we offer honesty and “authenticity” = Our culture is too jaded to use a big fat word like “honesty” without our gallbladders clogging up, but that’s really what it is. Our set is our offices, because that’s where we work. = No $50,000 cameras and NO polished metal and glass backdrops with inlayed 90-inch LCD screens.
NEW MEDIA = People trust us because we’ve spent years developing a relationship with them. We have been scrutinized and found not evil. Our legitimacy comes from honesty, not from CORPORTE SYMBOLS or OLD cultural ideologies and institutions. Young people having no reasons to trust that OLD STUFF the older folks were raised on.
NEW MEDIA = Our values and interests mesh with Young People enough they’ve come to trust us on content they will enjoy and even look up to. We know that betraying that trust risks losing everything we built.
LEGACY MSM = Journalists who criticized me for getting Obama to sign something for me, or Glozell for saying the word “dick,” or Bethany for saying that she isn’t very involved in politics, there’s something you need to understand: Our legitimacy springs exclusively from honesty. We have to be who we really are — We act the way we feel like acting — Not a buch of lies from a script or from talking points produced by General Electric. = We simply don’t LIE.
Was the President’s interview a little awkward? Sure.
Was the President’s interview worth it? OH HELL YES.
We asked real, hard questions that break out of the news cycle and come wrapped in context beyond ‘gotcha’ moments and political spin — Questions our audience wanted answers to and questions that I wanted answered, not questions that would best serve one or the other political party. I did tell the man whose health care bill has made my life immensely easier, “Thanks.”
OLD MEDIA = Relationship with politicians was good for everyone including the country. We’ve lost that.
FOX and CNN in particular but all the MSM organizations have degraded their own legitimacy by forgetting that their responsibility is to serve more than the DEGRADING MESSAGES of CORPORATE shareholders — spread throughout the entire news media. = Caused the entire political process to be withered and whittled down.
NEW MEDIA = Shift in media consumption from television/newspaper to Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter has left the under 30 generation without a source of information that they can trust. They simply assume that all media are biased. They engage, but their conversations are isolated from the broader culture and politics and it could get worse.
If Google and the White House want to use me as a pawn to counteract this bullshit, sign me up. Especially if politicians are OK with a bit more of their legitimacy springing from honesty as well.
Hank + his brother John = Started several YouTube channels since 2007 including Vlogbrothers, SciShow, Crash Course, and Mental Floss = A Billion views.
MURDOCH TWEET: POTUS hard to follow saying no “available” time for Netanyahu and then hours today with weird YouTube personalities. Strange timing.
HANK GREEN of Vlogbrothers Response: @rupertmurdoch Watching you become less relevant is one of the principal joys of my life.
Hank Green = A BIO-Chemist teaches crash learning courses for life-long learners = Type in Crash Course on youtube
Main Youtube Channell is Vlogbrothers.