The educational side of YouTube, or how to feel better about procrastinating
It’s late. You’re up. And if you’re procrastinating right now, chances are you have been or will end up on YouTube: The holy grail of cat videos, short-lived viral video trends, and more cat videos.
But YouTube is so much more than these addictive, adorable, or even annoying clips. More and more channels are popping up and releasing high quality educational content. I’m not talking about the cut and dry Khan Academy videos you watch to study for tests—I’m talking about really entertaining, really interesting stuff that also happens to be thoughtful, educational, and, in some cases, deeply philosophical.
In other words, watching these videos will probably make you feel a bit better about procrastinating because, you know, knowledge is power…and stuff. But seriously, they’re actually genuinely interesting and you should check them out whether or not you need an excuse to avoid that CC paper.
Here are some of my favorites:
VSauce – Definitely the most popular, boasting almost 5 million subscribers, but they’re one of the best at answering really weird questions.
PBS Idea Channel – A little quirky and full of memes. Like a pop culture-themed, more interactive VSauce.
CPGGrey – Ever wonder how to become pope? Why we bother minting pennies anymore? Watch this guy.
Mental Floss – For the Buzzfeed fans. While not quite as “deep” as the other channels, they primarily make videos listing trivia. Also, it’s hosted by best selling YA novelist/one half of vlogbrothers John Green. Speaking of…
SciShow – Hosted by the other half of vlogbrothers, Hank Green. Science in the real world!
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