Month: June 2016

“Pretentious”

I live in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s what I like to call a “city in training.”¬†When thinking of destinations for travel or relocation in the South, Birmingham is often overlooked in favor of cities like Atlanta, Nashville, or Charlotte. But lately the city has been seeing a huge and sudden improvement in it’s marketability. One thing…
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A Vidcon Epiphany

I went to Vidcon this past weekend, and I have to say, it was perhaps the most amazing experience of my recent life. For the past couple years I have been struggling with whether or not YouTube was right for me and whether I should explore other options career-wise. But after Vidcon I am more…
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Media Representation

  I’ve noticed that often people feel disappointed and angry with how certain groups are represented in media such as TV, movies, and video games. Often times groups such as women, people of color, or LGBT folks (among others) are disproportionately excluded from mainstream media. And when they are included, they are often stereotypes or…
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Taking Advice From Exceptional People

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m one of those people that says “Follow your passion!” One of the most depressing things to me is passionate and talented people who feel obligated to set their creativity aside in favor of things they perceive as being more “practical” or financially lucrative. We give…
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Twitter is the Best Social Network For Creators

This a post I made on my personal Facebook page in 2011. I had a twitter account at the time but did not use it much, because I didn’t really understand what it was for. I’d grown up using social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace (and others you may not have heard of called…
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The Reverse-Negative Feedback Loop

Sometimes I think it’s fair to say that some positions¬†are really hard to defend, even ones that are based on opinions. For example many people believe that homosexuality is immoral. I would say that this is a hard position to defend without appealing to religion or other dogmatic beliefs. Lots of people have attempted to…
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Buzzwords

A couple weeks ago I made a video where I ranted about the state of discourse on the internet nowadays. Instead of having civil, honest discussions about the topics that are pressing, we have divided ourselves into groups based on our surface-level disagreements and we dismiss our opponents as being either evil or idiotic and…
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Unrequited Infatuation & “The Seven Year Itch”

  The Seven Year Itch is a classic 1955 comedy film about a man who struggles to remain faithful to his wife after he meets a beautiful young actress. It’s an adaptation of a Broadway play, and in the play version, he actually gives in and has a brief affair with the unnamed Girl he…
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