Deconstructing Militainment

Learn how militainment works and the ways the military uses movies to recruit young people into the army. The channel Pop Culture Detective is a treasure trove of smart video essays examining how men and masculinity are portrayed in modern film. His other videos: The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory, Predatory Romance in Harrison Ford Movies, and The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamanderm are also all really insightful looks at some of the most influential pop properties today.

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Wolf Watch with Nat Geo

National Geographic’s YouTube Channel did a recent feature on coastal wolves. For me, a resident in west coast wolf territory, it feels a bit like a few locals getting some celebrity attention. The series follows wildlife documentarian Bertie Gregory through his three months into the wild meeting and filming numerous west coast creatures, from bald eagles to orca, as he seeks to capture footage of the elusive coastal wolf.

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Tech Roots and Factoids

ColdfusTion Tv’s recent video 14 Things That Changed The World let me know the first email pre-dated my birth-date, who made the first cell phone call, the fate of the first Facebook user and what ever happened to Auction Web. It’s actually a great reminder how young the internet really is, and the we’ve come along way themes of ColdfusTion TV serve to remind us of that with slick, fact-filled shorts fleshing out the bullet points of tech history. He also offers tech reviews and music videos making for a diverse channel with regular but well-spaced uploads bound to answers tech curiosities you didn’t know you had.

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The One Who Got Away

“I think I must be crazy, I’m so happy.” – The tale of Slomo, the one who got away. The New York Times has been pumping out web shorts they call “Op-Docs on their You Tube channel lately. Beautifully filmed and covering a wide range of people and ideas, some of them are setting the stage for longer docs to come while others are just simple yet insightful New York slices of life. In addition to the mini docs the channel regularly serves up a wide range of content: world news bytes, recipes, tech reviews and street fashion editorials. While I have never read the paper in my life, I can only imagine it is a reflection of the print vehicle that has earned it …

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