Author: the1janitor

WHO SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR?? (Casey Neistat Discussion)

Last week, popular YouTuber Casey Neistat released a video where he not only urged his viewers to support Hillary Clinton for President but also to call out other big YouTubers and get them to discuss politics, even if they don’t necessarily feel comfortable doing so. This generated a lot of controversy, as some people perceived…
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The Gender Pay Gap – REDUX

In this video I revisit my recent video, “THE GENDER PAY GAP IS NOT A MYTH” and respond to many of the most common ideas from the comments.


As a person who does more talking than doing when it comes to social justice, I’ve historically¬†hesitated to refer to myself as a “feminist.” Some people think a feminist is just anyone who supports the equality of the genders, but I’ve always thought it weird that one particular movement gets to claim ownership over “not…
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The Gender Pay Gap is Not a Myth

This video is essentially a vlog version of something I wrote for this website a few weeks ago. In that blog I talk about conventional wisdom and how it’s sometimes obviously right, but also how sometimes it’s surprisingly wrong. Because what’s generally accepted often turns out to be wrong, I try to pay attention whenever…
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WTF is HAKO? Pt 1

Over the past couple of months I’ve ended all of my videos with the mantra “HAKO.” It’s an acronym I came up with a long time ago that stands for Honesty, Assertiveness, Kindness, and Open-mindedness. For the longest, it has served as a personal reminder of what I think are the baseline values a decent…
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A Free Society Isn’t Defined by its Assholes

I got into a debate online with this guy not too long ago because he’d shared a post about a man being arrested in Germany for performing the Nazi salute. He congratulated the government of Germany for its commitment to stamping out hatred. I argued, however, that stifling free expression was a dangerous precedent and…
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Are Platforms a Problem?

We all know about “mob mentality;” the idea that if you get a lot of people together in the same space, it can lead to these people being influenced to adopt certain ideas and become very hostile to opposing ideas. Sometimes mobs form organically around common frustrations or fandoms, but another (and arguably more effective)…
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The 80-20 Principle

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always considered myself a “jack of all trades, but master of none.” I get really excited to try out things so often that it’s really hard for me to focus on any one thing for too long. Also, I’ve always been a very competitive person, so I’m often…
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Calling People Crazy — Things I’m Working On

In my videos, I tend to come off as “the expert” or “the one who’s figured it out”, and that’s to be expected when you have a platform like this. Thousands of people watch my videos, presumably because they think I have valuable things to say. But of course, I’m not perfect. And the rare…
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Black People Can’t Be Racist?

A lot of people act like social issues are all black and white; that there is one “correct” side of the argument to be on and no amount of context or nuance can change that. If you know anything about me, you know that I strongly reject this way of thinking. “The only thing truly…
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