Are today’s videos games way too sexist? We’re exploring Tropes vs Women with Feminist Frequency on tonight’s YouTube Nation. http://goo.gl/3cQiVW

Are today’s videos games way too sexist? 

We’re exploring Tropes vs Women with Feminist Frequency on tonight’s YouTube Nation. http://goo.gl/3cQiVW

Get your library cards ready it’s about to go down! When it comes to book clubs and literary analysis, there is no bibliophile more trusted and revered among the YouTube airwaves than Sparky Sweets PhD. of Thug Notes.
A character created to parody Cliff Notes, Sparky Sweets PhD. breaks down classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Crime and Punishment with straightforward, hilarious summaries, and analysis that would surprise even the most pretentious literary snobs. The ultimate goal of Dr. Sweets’s series Thug Notes is to get viewers excited about education, and as a long-time fan of the show, I can say, without a doubt, he does this better than any other channel on the internet.



Sparky Sweets PhD. is the creation of writers Jared Bauer and Jacob Salamon and LA-based actor and comedian, Greg Edwards. No, young reader, Sparky Sweets PhD. is not a real person, but as with Santa Claus, it’s in your best interest to just keep believing.



By subscribing to Dr. Sweets’s channel Wisecrack, you’re not only exposed to his great literary talks, but additional shows such as 8-Bit Philosophy, a show that discusses philosophy using video game graphics, and Behind the Genius, an upcoming show on historical figures. Each video gifts you with a concise, interesting dash of education you wouldn’t normally encounter in your daily life. And don’t lie, we all know you aren’t breaking down the symbolism in The Scarlet Letter with your friends. Your pants being on fire gave that one away. 

Along with his Twitter and Instagram, Dr. Sweets stays connected with fans through an email listserve announcing upcoming videos and projects. Right now, Dr. Sweets’s team is working on a Thug Notes type shows for music, movies, and history, and with your subscription, you won’t miss out on any of these new programs!
So before you give up on this thing called “reading,” sit through a class with Sparky Sweets PhD. I promise, it will make you excited to raid your local library and curl up for an evening with ice tea, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens. 

 

Follow Wisecrack:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thugnotes 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparkysweetsPhD 
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sparkysweetsphd 
Email Listserve: http://goo.gl/nkef2Z 

Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator and doesn’t want to brag BUT she’s gotten to hug Sparky Sweets not once but twice! Take that Cyrus. 
 

Get your library cards ready it’s about to go down! When it comes to book clubs and literary analysis, there is no bibliophile more trusted and revered among the YouTube airwaves than Sparky Sweets PhD. of Thug Notes.

A character created to parody Cliff Notes, Sparky Sweets PhD. breaks down classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Crime and Punishment with straightforward, hilarious summaries, and analysis that would surprise even the most pretentious literary snobs. The ultimate goal of Dr. Sweets’s series Thug Notes is to get viewers excited about education, and as a long-time fan of the show, I can say, without a doubt, he does this better than any other channel on the internet.

Sparky Sweets PhD. is the creation of writers Jared Bauer and Jacob Salamon and LA-based actor and comedian, Greg Edwards. No, young reader, Sparky Sweets PhD. is not a real person, but as with Santa Claus, it’s in your best interest to just keep believing.

By subscribing to Dr. Sweets’s channel Wisecrack, you’re not only exposed to his great literary talks, but additional shows such as 8-Bit Philosophy, a show that discusses philosophy using video game graphics, and Behind the Genius, an upcoming show on historical figures. Each video gifts you with a concise, interesting dash of education you wouldn’t normally encounter in your daily life. And don’t lie, we all know you aren’t breaking down the symbolism in The Scarlet Letter with your friends. Your pants being on fire gave that one away.

Along with his Twitter and Instagram, Dr. Sweets stays connected with fans through an email listserve announcing upcoming videos and projects. Right now, Dr. Sweets’s team is working on a Thug Notes type shows for music, movies, and history, and with your subscription, you won’t miss out on any of these new programs!

So before you give up on this thing called “reading,” sit through a class with Sparky Sweets PhD. I promise, it will make you excited to raid your local library and curl up for an evening with ice tea, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens.

 

Follow Wisecrack:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thugnotes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparkysweetsPhD

Instagram: http://instagram.com/sparkysweetsphd

Email Listserve: http://goo.gl/nkef2Z



Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator and doesn’t want to brag BUT she’s gotten to hug Sparky Sweets not once but twice! Take that Cyrus.

 

Would you get a digital makeover? You’ve never seen a transformation like the one in tonight’s YouTube Nation.

BingeWorthy: Anita Sarkeesian and Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games

  • Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games is an ambitious series from Anita Sarkeesian
  • Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of a lot of unfounded criticism and hate
  • We have a playlist of the series for you to sample, here

I love video games. I believe that the thought and effort that goes into the creation of games is comparable to that of feature films and that games should receive that same level of respect as film. But gaining this type of respect requires developing a body of criticism, criticism that asks not only “How are the graphics?” but also “What about the content?”

Enter Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency and Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games. Anita Sarkeesian’s series on the depiction of women in video games has turned her into a lightning rod for unwarranted attacks from frustrated gamers who are upset that she would dare challenge their beloved. This is unfortunate since her assessment of these tropes is one of the boldest critical projects I have ever seen in the world of gaming.

In each episode of Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games, Anita Sarkeesian examines one trope and uses in-game footage to illustrate and critique her thesis. For example, she’s previously discussed the “Damsel In Distress” trope of women existing only as objects to be rescued. To prove her point, Sarkeesian used a ton of video games, from the popular — Princess Peach in Super Mario Brothers — to the obscure — Minnie Mouse in Magical Tetris Challenge. Each video is a little over 20 minutes long, and each one is eye-opening. Even when the trope is familiar to viewers, her illustration of the trope is fresh and surprising thanks to her peerless research.

After we featured the first of the “Women As Background Decoration” episodes of Tropes Vs. Women In Video Gaming on YouTube Nation, we received a lot of comments attacking Anita Sarkeesian (and Anna Akana. Sorry, Anna). I responded to many of the comments, but  thought it would be more useful to respond to the general accusations all at once and in one place.

Here we go:

“Anita Sarkeesian Is A Fraud.”

The accusation I encounter most is that Anita Sarkeesian has somehow defrauded her contributors. This is the most absurd accusation out there. First off, plenty of Kickstarted and otherwise crowdfunded ventures have failed and never delivered on their promise. Look at the guys behind the crowdfunded vaporware, Yogventures, who ran through half a million dollars and never delivered the game they promised. Anita Sarkeesian, meanwhile, asked for $6,000 to make a series of videos with slightly higher production value than her original Feminist Frequency videos that would focus on a specific topic-depictions of women in video games. She raked in $160,000, and she is delivering on exactly what she promised, creating the Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series. Each video released brings her a step closer to completing the goal, making this accusation inarguably false.

“Anita Sarkeesian Is A Plagiarist.”

The source of this accusation is that Anita Sarkeesian uses other people’s footage in her videos without their permission. It is true that she is using other people’s content but she is doing it in a way that is consistent with what we think of as “Fair Use.” Fair Use is a caveat of copyright law that exists specifically for this kind of use, the creation of educational materials and commentary. I also have seen an instance where Sarkeesian used someone’s fan art without her permission for her Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games logo. While that is unfortunate, it has no bearing on the content of her videos.

“Anita Sarkeesian Cherry Picks Scenes and Comments.”

This accusation usually refers to two different things when people levy it against Sarkeesian. They suggest that she is cherry picking footage from video games and misrepresenting it to make her point. Other times, they suggest that she is doing that with comments that have been made toward her. In video games, Sarkeesian is not relying on just one instance of a trope in one scene of a video game to make her point. She assembles sometimes mind-numbingly large portfolios of each trope across a great many games to illustrate how often it is being repeated. That’s not cherry picking. That’s creating an effective argument.

With regard to comments, people have suggested that Sarkeesian is showcasing only the vile comments in an attempt to distort the nature of the comments she’s received. Sarkeesian has never said that she only receives hateful comments—just that the hateful comments are vile enough that they obliterate all other commentary. She’s right, and you can’t cherry pick something that doesn’t exist. People need to stop being so hateful.

“Anita Sarkeesian Turns Off Her Comments To Avoid Criticism.”

Anita Sarkeesian has been very clear about why she’s turned off the comments on her videos. She doesn’t want to host the vitriol and hatred being spewed by misguided people whose comments are hurtful to her and might also traumatize her intended audience. Everyone may have a right to an opinion, but no one has a right to make someone else listen to that opinion, especially when it is hateful. By turning off her comments, Anita Sarkeesian makes her video welcome to anyone who would want to watch it by not exposing them to the hatred she seems to inspire in others. That does not insulate her from critique. Anyone remains able to write a tweet, compose a blog post, or upload a video critique of her work and share it with others, and Sarkeesian remains free and even willing to respond to criticism and hatred, usually by exposing the latter for people to see.

The work Anita Sarkeesian is doing is bold, ambitious, and deserves to be seen. It is the kind of thing YouTube was made for. It’s unfortunate that a minority of vindictive trolls are trying to stifle the woman and her work, but it’s admirable that Sarkeesian has the courage of her convictions and is dedicated to producing the series, no matter how personal the attacks. I’ve included a playlist of the entire series for you to enjoy:

Playlist

Earnest Pettie, YouTube Nation Sr. Curator and collector of extra lives! I’m on Twitter!

micdotcom:

Amy Poehler just schooled Neal Brennan on what it’s like to be a woman with one sentence 

Oh, Amy. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. 

For one, she can make a feminist argument zing like a “Weekend Update” punchline, a skill she demonstrated as a recent guest on The Approval Matrix, the Sundance Network’s new panel show. During her interview, Poehler was asked about modern men and the difficult challenges men face.

Poehler has never been shy about women’s issues | Follow micdotcom

 Would you volunteer to get tased in the name of art? Tonight’s episode of YouTube Nation will shock you!

Dearest Muggles,
We’ve gathered here today to honor one of the most magical ladies on YouTube, Lee Newton. No, I don’t mean magical in the Harry Potter and his drunk-on-butterbeer friends sense — obviously that would only happen in Diagon Alley — but magical in the sense that she can rock a Star Wars tshirt and Maxim’s Hot 100 list all in the same day. 
Yes, she’s that good.
 Newton is best known as one of the original hosts of Sourcefed, a comedy news show founded by YouTube legend Phil DeFranco. In the two years the show has been on the air, sourcefed — which also includes Joe Bereta, Trisha Hershberger, and Steve Zaragoza  — has collected over 1.4 million subscribers and started off-shoot shows For Human People and SourcefedNERD. The show’s success is due to the dynamic personalities delivering the news and, by far, the hammiest of the hams is our very own lady love Newton.

In 2012, Newton’s cohosts elicited the help of Sourcefed fans to nominate Newton for a write-in spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list. The fan response was so enormous it crashed the site and in the end, landed Newton as number 57 on the list.
 And fair warning to you, do not get her started on Harry Potter. You’ll never hear the end of it.

Most days you can find Newton yelling and laughing on the Sourcefed set, talking about everything from Comic Con to teen pregnancy. Outside of Sourcefed, Newton performs with the Gym Sketch Comedy Group and previously starred in the popular web series My Music and CC: Social Scene.
The glorious thing about Newton is her balls to the wall humor and confidence both on and off the stage. She says what she wants, wears what she wants, and doesn’t shy away from telling a raunchy joke or two. And did we mention she can sing? 
Ms. Newton, you’re the best thing to happen to the house of Hufflepuff and Sourcefed. And if you’re ever in the area, the first round of Wizard’s Brew is on us.
Now, someone get me some floo powder. I’m out!

 

Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator who swears she would be a seeker if she joined Quidditch.

Dearest Muggles,

We’ve gathered here today to honor one of the most magical ladies on YouTube, Lee Newton. No, I don’t mean magical in the Harry Potter and his drunk-on-butterbeer friends sense — obviously that would only happen in Diagon Alley — but magical in the sense that she can rock a Star Wars tshirt and Maxim’s Hot 100 list all in the same day.

Yes, she’s that good.

 Newton is best known as one of the original hosts of Sourcefed, a comedy news show founded by YouTube legend Phil DeFranco. In the two years the show has been on the air, sourcefed — which also includes Joe Bereta, Trisha Hershberger, and Steve Zaragoza — has collected over 1.4 million subscribers and started off-shoot shows For Human People and SourcefedNERD. The show’s success is due to the dynamic personalities delivering the news and, by far, the hammiest of the hams is our very own lady love Newton.

In 2012, Newton’s cohosts elicited the help of Sourcefed fans to nominate Newton for a write-in spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list. The fan response was so enormous it crashed the site and in the end, landed Newton as number 57 on the list.

 And fair warning to you, do not get her started on Harry Potter. You’ll never hear the end of it.

Most days you can find Newton yelling and laughing on the Sourcefed set, talking about everything from Comic Con to teen pregnancy. Outside of Sourcefed, Newton performs with the Gym Sketch Comedy Group and previously starred in the popular web series My Music and CC: Social Scene.

The glorious thing about Newton is her balls to the wall humor and confidence both on and off the stage. She says what she wants, wears what she wants, and doesn’t shy away from telling a raunchy joke or two. And did we mention she can sing?

Ms. Newton, you’re the best thing to happen to the house of Hufflepuff and Sourcefed. And if you’re ever in the area, the first round of Wizard’s Brew is on us.

Now, someone get me some floo powder. I’m out!

 

Carly Lanning is a YouTube Nation curator who swears she would be a seeker if she joined Quidditch.