Why Cartoons Make Great Satire

Pubblicato il 28 dic 2017
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  • Thank You 😉

  • What's wrong with nihilism, though ? It's really not that harsh of an idea, it says "life has no meaning" objectively, and that's basically it. It doesn't mean you need to be a dick, or that you should kill yourself, gee, it doesn't even stop you from acknowledging that "need for meaning" that seems to permeate human society, and it certainly doesn't stop you from having empathy. The difference is that now, you can choose that meaning. (Tbh, I really think you can't be free if you aren't a nihilist, because if you follow "meaning", you're basically following what someone else determined was "meaningful")

  • D A R I A I S G O D

  • Is Will Scoder a philosopher of the 21st century?? I think so!!

  • Interesting and thought provoking

  • Such high quality videos, this channel is phenomenal

  • What show is that 1:26

    • Probably American Dad

  • The gab between rhetoric and practice is the smallest in the US. But that won’t stop the left coast from trying to convince us that we are miserable

  • you are the great american joke, idiots that are all talk and no action. waste of life drain on society. thanks for the great advice. you must be a billionaire and perfect person.

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  • America is the continent, americans are all who we live here, bro

  • I didn't like when oblongs and mission hill got the axe thank goodness they're keeping some of my favorites alive like power rangers and simpsons

  • Y’know what’s great about animated satires? They only use generic inspirational background music for small amounts of time.

  • Great video! Do you have one in the works that details the tools in the satirist's toolbox (at 1:13)? Thanks!

  • Cartoons are forever.

  • Great video 👍

  • Awesome channel, congrats.

  • The popularity of satire is rooted in the creators cool detachment from the subject. From that perspective, they cannot be questioned because they undermine the authority of anyone who would question them. What’s desperately needed is a willingness to put forth a new set of ideals that better reflect what we actually think is important in life beyond eating, having sex, making money and sleeping. If the kind of mind that tears down ideals submits their own ideals to the same slings and arrows of satire, what sort of positive contribution is possible?

  • Cartoons definitely compliment satire! Not necessarily a cartoon but we used a cartoon filter for this skit of Kim and Trump and it helps convey the satire it-tvs.com/tv/video-IVIuK96iXDE.html

  • That South Park clip perfectly reflects 2018 gun politics

  • I like some things about these shows, but I always feel a huge sense of alienation from them. I'm a lesbian, and a lot of media like this has so many jokes about gay people, it just makes me weary and tired. It wouldn't be that bad, but after a lifetime of seeing the same jokes directed at me and my friends, it's just hard to watch, even if it has other interesting material and ideas in it.

  • is there a transcript of this somewhere?

  • How the HELL does this video only have 28k views?! What a fantastic video - again! Your content is always worth the wait buddy, keep up the good work - I've always wondered why I love cartoons so much.

  • Wow, great stuff man. Your point about society overlooking nuance is so true. Everything has to be deemed black or white, either offensive or socially constructive.

    • Thanks, Chaser! The nuance thing is really bothering me. There's a lot more to finding truth than framing things as good and bad. I appreciate the comment.

  • Hey Will, I want to get into making video essays. But right now my plan to write one consists of watching your videos and getting pissed off because I'm not that good yet. Any hints on how to start out?

    • Thanks so much Will, somehow you managed to help in the exact way that I needed. I'll definitely send you an email some time for some advice next time I get stuck. Again thanks so much, I can't wait to see what you put out next.

    • Hey Adam, thanks for the nice comment! In terms of creating video essays, getting over the initial hump is the hardest part. It is a very involved medium, as I’m sure you’ve already discovered. It’s cliche advice, but it’s just a fact: the only way to get good is to sit down and get grinding on it. Don’t worry if you can’t meet certain quality standards immediately. You’ll get better. That’s what IT-tvs is all about. People will connect with you and watch as you get better. They like that! They want to see you improve as a writer, speaker, and editor. My way is by no means the best way, but I'll tell you what I do for visual planning. Two things mainly: 1. I'll read and re-read a paragraph and let my mind visualize it. 2. Then ask, does that visualization A. actually work with the script?, B. seem aesthetically pleasing? and C. flow with the rest of the video? If the visualization passes through all the filters, then I figure out how it can be put into an editing program. If it is outside my editing/photoshop abilities, I'll take the extra time to teach myself how to do it. I always think it's worth it (IT-tvs Tutorials are really great for this). I don't storyboard because the editing process is truly a process, and mapping it out would make it too absolute. The editing part is the creative part. Again, my advice to upstart video essayists is always just to start making the thing. Once you begin to learn the language of editing, you’ll be able to point out in professional videos how someone did something. Go through the backlog of your favorite video essayists and ask yourself how they did all the editing stuff. It will take time, but you’ll figure it out, and eventually, it will become second nature. For now, don’t measure yourself against others. Just try to wake up everyday having gotten better and keep beating your best work. If you have any other questions, shoot me an email: willschoder@gmail.com. Oh, and most importantly, choose topics that you love! The audience won’t care if you don’t. Good luck, Adam!!!

  • Hats off to you man, great video

    • Thanks somika, I appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Dude I love your videos, and Id love to see one on Jordan B Peterson

    • Thanks Isaac, I appreciate that. I am a fan of JBP, though I cannot be considered a devout follower like many on the platform. I'll put him on the list, but figure I can't do anything until I read his books.

  • Excellent video essay! :)

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    • Thanks Victor -- and thanks for commenting

  • Ugh why use late season Simpsons, you could have used the ahead of its time Duckman.

  • I'm really reluctant to post on youtube comments but I just reallized I can't let this one pass: I'm a college student in Brazil and I really wish I had the money to become a Patreon to this channel. I watched all the videos, some more than once (the BoJack one is my favorite), and every time I watch I feel that I learned something about the world, about people and about myself. I'm saying I'd really like to be able to be a Patreon (I hope to get some income really soon) because I saw there that Will wants to make this a full time job and I can objectively say that my live would be better off with this. Thank you for your videos, Will.

    • Thanks Gabriel, I really appreciate the comment. You've stated the goals of the channel within your comment, so that's awesome. It's great to hear that this channel has made you better off as a person. Thank you, my friend. I really appreciate it.

  • Will, this was incredibly well done. Keep up the amazing work. Happy New Year.

    • Thanks Brian, I really appreciate that! Happy New Year to you too.

  • Great video man, so good. Keep it up :)

  • What a fucking brillant video

  • Almost upvoted this video until John Oliver was shown during the "satire at its best" bit. Seriously? The entire premise of his show is that a whiny British guy whines and the audience is an echo-chamber so they cheer. Oliver is satire at its worst, satire on accident.

  • Awesome video man

  • the background music is so calming

    • I'm just trying to get more people to sleep through my videos.

  • woo he's back! have a nice year

    • I'm back! Big year ahead. Have a good one my friend.

  • I still convinced you are one of the best IT-tvs channels out here today

    • Hey thanks Quieper, I appreciate that. I'm glad you're a fan of my stuff.

  • I’ve often thought about the unrealistic standard of American Idealism sets for Americans, and how our politicians espouse idealistic policies but act out of accordance with these ideals, defaulting to money and corruption instead.

    • One of satire's jobs is to look for that gap and point of the corruption right in front of us. I'd say it does a better job on some weeks than others.

  • I absolutely love your stuff man! I really hope you keep it up; I would definitely support a pratreon edit: the way you broadly explore a theme about media instead of exploring a single show or trope is surprisingly informative and very intriguing!

    • Thanks my friend, that's one of the goals of the channel--to look at thing a little more broadly.

  • Good job broski!

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  • Enjoyed this!

  • It bothers me how you pronounce Vonnegut. Still a great video.

    • Van-gut! Van-yup! Van-yoot! How would you pronounce it?!

  • This channel is amazingly great!

  • Good shit mate

  • Goddamn your video essays are some of the most well written and complete out there. Everything is relevant and you never drift too far off topic. I know you don't post often but quality over quantity all the way

    • Yea baby! Quality over quantity to the MAX!!!!!

  • I think it works well because it says what people are afraid to.

  • Yea that video is a nice sauce

    • Thanks Will! I'd like to be a patron once I get a job. I especially like the Mr. Rodgers video. It inspired me to buy "Thankyou for Arguing". That book, like your video, was a nice sauce.

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  • I've been watching your videos for a few months now and I've loved everything you put out. Regardless of the topic, it's the thought that you put into everything and the questions you raise even if there aren't always answers.. that's what I love. Keep up the great work

  • I finally got the joke about Diane being an "Asian Daria"

  • This deserves a million views

    • That's some serious flattery...one can only hope...

  • Awesome video. Thanks for uploading.

  • This was an awesome video! Well analysed. I think using kids to reveal problems is a great idea. We disarm ourselves when it comes to them. See them as innocent :)

  • A class man. Thank you.

  • not bad, good luck growing your channel

  • Woah, this video was outstanding!! Much love!

    • Thanks Tariq, I appreciate it. Much love to you