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icon5.gif  Making a youtube channel [message #89] Sun, 20 January 2019 18:19 Go to next message
Karl
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What kind of topics should a leftist/socialist youtube channel cover? What kind of content do you want to see?
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #90 is a reply to message #89] Mon, 21 January 2019 00:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
MyGod...PureIdeology
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We desperately need to do videos popularizing the broad idea of cybernetic communism. Cockshott is alright but his videos aren't exactly suitable for a larger audience.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #91 is a reply to message #90] Mon, 21 January 2019 00:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
anarchocyber
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General ideas of marx. surplus labor, alienation, and how it applies today. single payer healthcare is a good one to start, as it directly affects everyone.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #92 is a reply to message #90] Mon, 21 January 2019 08:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
dalma
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MyGod...PureIdeology
We desperately need to do videos popularizing the broad idea of cybernetic communism. Cockshott is alright but his videos aren't exactly suitable for a larger audience.
I think good leftists channels/youtube videos should first lay out all the issues and why they can't be solved by liberal capitalism. There are a lot of problems on the planet now, but people don't know they are caused by capitalism, capitalist mode of production and exchange but think they're caused by 'corruption', 'cronyism', whatever. People also think these problems can be solved by rearranging capitalism, making it 'work for us'. Rather than make videos explaining what a post-revolutionary system would look like, we make videos that make people want to change the current system. People have to be shown that this system is shit and that there is no other way forward but to change it.

anarchocyber
General ideas of marx. surplus labor, alienation, and how it applies today. single payer healthcare is a good one to start, as it directly affects everyone.
This is a good start. To tie in what I said above, all the problems have to be shown from a leftist perspective and be followed by leftist solutions, while at the same time explaining why capitalism won't fix it. I think we also need to dig down into history books, because people forget that our situation today has been developing for a long time, so the videos should be factual, rather than someone with a hammer and sickle behind them calling people "idiots" or "stupid capitalists".

Focusing on issues like the environment, worker's rights/exploitation of workers (you'd be surprised how many people aren't aware, or just aren't informed, about the horrific working conditions on south east asian fishing boats, for example). Furthermore, I've heard so many times people say that if they can afford rent, food and a bit of spending money, they are not 'exploited'. So the wealth gap and income inequality are also big issues, especially cause they're both increasing.

The videos would also have to be clear on who the audience is. If we're making it for a Western audience, then we have to talk about issues facing the working class there. While an emotional appeal may work on some people ("don't do that, because people in the 'third world' are suffering because of it"), it may not work on everyone. What also needs to be stressed is that high salary does not equal security and wealth, but temporary comfort dependent on continued employment and a functioning market. Someone may be getting $250k/yr. but spending it on rent and a middle class lifestyle. Even if they are saving money, they don't save enough to continue their level of lifestyle after they lose their job. Everyone is in a precarious position. Tesla just fired 7% of the workforce so they can show higher profits for the investors. And every person who doesn't own the means of production is in this danger. As the US govt. shutdown has shown, not even people who work for the government (generally thought of us a nice, cushy job) are safe from spending cuts, getting fired, etc.

Is there anyone with experience in talking in videos, or someone who wouldn't mind talking in videos? You don't even have to show your face, we could just do a voice over. The person, ideally, would have a good microphone. I'd do it, but I don't like how my accent sounds and I'm way too self-conscious about it. I can help with writing scripts, hunting down sources, videos and clips.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #93 is a reply to message #92] Mon, 21 January 2019 12:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Fulcrum
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I'd like an economics based left wing channel, with an unbias discussion of different left wing economic systems (from fairer forms of capitalism eg LVT, welfare and UBI, to market socialism, to planned economy stuff, post scarcity marxism) When many people hear socialism or communism they immediately think of the USSR (Totalitarian state capitalists) and giving other left wing options might help change some minds.

I'd like to see investigation into how automation can be a good or bad thing for workers and left wing politics in general.

I'd like to see theory being made more available to people, perhaps episodes covering philosophers like Adorno and economists like Kalecki. I'd like to see discussion of other (not so left) economists and philosophers, discussing their ideas, what can be taken (eg Kayne's essay "economic possibilities for our grandchildren" is very useful for the left despite him being a capitalist) and which of their ideas are flawed (giving skills and information to debate with others). I think discussing without an obvious bias is helpful since you can send it to cynic/skeptics/"skeptics" and others antagonistic to left wing ideology without them being able to outright ignore it as propaganda.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #96 is a reply to message #93] Mon, 21 January 2019 12:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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We need stuff that's appealing to normies and right wingers, not a theory channel that uploads one hour videos, we already have enough of those. What we need is some kind of channel that posts short, 5 minute videos with basic explanations and nice looking animations Prager-U style, although with actual sources listed. Something that always helps is aesthetics. Unless you are some kind of expert, the content in your video matters little if you just have a boring, static image in the background. Use simple, easy to understand animations to convey your points. Alternatively, you could create a channel that has non-political content such as gaming or media reviewing as well, like what Hbomberguy does (which explains his success in my opinion), this would appeal to normies and increase your growth. However, an actual youtube channel devoted to politics would be somewhat strange if it also made gaming videos.

another idea that I think would be cool is if this website should create a youtube channel for publicity and propaganda purposes, which would be pretty cool.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #112 is a reply to message #96] Mon, 21 January 2019 18:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
grabbag
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Completely honest, the only leftist Youtube channels that I can bear to watch are the ones that rarely step out of discussion about socialism, various tendencies, and class conflict at its core. Most other channels tend to focus too much on stuff that just puts me (and probably other people) off completely, idpol in particular. Don't even get me started on all the unfunny "meme" channels.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #114 is a reply to message #96] Mon, 21 January 2019 18:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
bptech
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Like I said in another thread, I'm pretty experienced (though self-taught) in using Blender to make animations, so I could easily help. I just have no experience with writing or speaking.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #116 is a reply to message #114] Mon, 21 January 2019 22:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Ideas so far:
Cockshott / Cybernetics
Basic Marxist concepts (surplus labor, alienation, etc)
Contemporary issues (single-payer healthcare, automation)
Problems with capitalism (environment, exploitation, inequality)
Lefty economic systems (welfare states, UBI, market socialism)
Theory discussions (Adorno, Kalecki, etc)
Short popular videos w/ animations (i.e. lefty PragerU)

bptech
Like I said in another thread, I'm pretty experienced (though self-taught) in using Blender to make animations, so I could easily help. I just have no experience with writing or speaking.
I'll let you know when I have something recorded. After that's done you can decide if/how you want to collaborate. I can pretty much do all the audio/video editing plus voice-overs. Animations would be most useful for an intro bumper (i.e. some kind of animated logo) or short animations for informational videos to counter PragerU-style propaganda. Video effects and text I can put in myself. The goal should be to make videos that are informative but not dull, which means having enough visual stuff to keep someone's attention but not overdoing it.

I just rewatched the PragerU video on Karl Marx and IMO it had too much movement and animation. Probably a fraction of that would be enough.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #122 is a reply to message #116] Tue, 22 January 2019 00:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
anarchocyber
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Do it comrade! Stalin would be proud!
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #125 is a reply to message #116] Tue, 22 January 2019 00:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
canned pizza
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Do you plan to add subtitles? Should we consider language, cultural element while producing contents?
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #142 is a reply to message #125] Thu, 24 January 2019 23:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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canned pizza wrote on Tue, 22 January 2019 00:50
Do you plan to add subtitles? Should we consider language, cultural element while producing contents?
I think that youtube allows you to add subtitles in every language, so all that's needed is to have a decent translator.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #161 is a reply to message #142] Sat, 26 January 2019 02:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pato
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I can easily be a Spanish translator
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #210 is a reply to message #161] Mon, 11 February 2019 11:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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I've made a channel, but it has nothing on it yet.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_gkpPKfgsBuPwOsZFYz8Q?vie w_as=subscriber
The name is an idea for an ideology I had in which human society is organized in an attempt to emulate eusocial societies, such as ants. I set it as my name because I didn't have any other good ideas
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #214 is a reply to message #210] Mon, 11 February 2019 14:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Peebles
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I've been thinking about it for a while, but unfortunately I have a terminal case of STEM brain and I would neither talk about socialism effectively nor actually be able to convince people at an emotional level.

There are a few topics that I think I could do however but it would be a really niche thing.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #221 is a reply to message #92] Mon, 11 February 2019 17:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ideologician
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>> We desperately need to do videos popularizing the broad idea of cybernetic communism. Cockshott is alright but his videos aren't exactly suitable for a larger audience.

> I think good leftists channels/youtube videos should first lay out all the issues and why they can't be solved by liberal capitalism.

It's more important to get them asking questions, I believe. "Why don't we organize society this way instead of the way we currently do? It's just a matter of getting enough people on board, and it would be so much better." Then you come in with the systemic critique. "It's impossible to organize society this way under the current system, since it isn't really determined by what people want, but the structurally determined interests of the ruling class. Luckily, we can change that if we work hard enough." That's an engaging story.

Centering a channel around a theme like cybernetic socialism will constantly remind people of the ultimate goal, which is to build a society in which man is in control over his machines and cybernetic structures he's embedded in. Then you can go on to primarily make videos about capitalism if you want.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #343 is a reply to message #221] Sun, 17 March 2019 18:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Alright gang,

I'm going to produce a video within the next week. The topic is going to be Orwell & Socialism. I'll do the voicing and editing, if bptech returns and wants to help with some animation that'd be cool. The following week I'll work on one of the topics mentioned in this thread.

I need to make a logo for Red Planet I can put in the videos to advertise this site. If anyone wants to photoshop some logos that'd be great.

Edit: sorry for the long lack of updates. sometimes life gets crazy. actually my life is always crazy >_>

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Re: Making a youtube channel [message #353 is a reply to message #343] Mon, 18 March 2019 14:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Purged
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I keep saying it's a bad idea.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #354 is a reply to message #353] Tue, 19 March 2019 00:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
anarchocyber
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Why tho
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #356 is a reply to message #354] Tue, 19 March 2019 03:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Purged
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It will attract the wrong crow and make us look like cringe.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #370 is a reply to message #356] Wed, 20 March 2019 04:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Purged wrote on Tue, 19 March 2019 03:36
It will attract the wrong crow and make us look like cringe.
Hopefully it won't be cringey at all. I'm going to put effort into these vids and avoid making stupid youtube response videos.

I'm 50% done with the notes I'm making for the video. Tomorrow I should be about 75% done. By Saturday or Sunday I should have the audio recorded, and I'll try to have the video edited... but we'll see.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #372 is a reply to message #370] Wed, 20 March 2019 06:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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Karl wrote on Wed, 20 March 2019 04:51
Purged wrote on Tue, 19 March 2019 03:36
It will attract the wrong crow and make us look like cringe.
Hopefully it won't be cringey at all. I'm going to put effort into these vids and avoid making stupid youtube response videos.

I'm 50% done with the notes I'm making for the video. Tomorrow I should be about 75% done. By Saturday or Sunday I should have the audio recorded, and I'll try to have the video edited... but we'll see.
good. I'll subscribe to your channel when the video is out
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #411 is a reply to message #343] Mon, 25 March 2019 01:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pato
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Karl wrote on Sun, 17 March 2019 18:08

I need to make a logo for Red Planet I can put in the videos to advertise this site. If anyone wants to photoshop some logos that'd be great.
What might be a good logo? Is the red star enough or we go for something different?
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #412 is a reply to message #411] Mon, 25 March 2019 03:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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A red star, or a red planet (like the site name), or whatever you think would look nice.
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #413 is a reply to message #412] Mon, 25 March 2019 05:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pato
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I made a quick logo with Inkscape based on something I saw on reddit, maybe someone with better design skills can make something better
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Re: Making a youtube channel [message #414 is a reply to message #413] Mon, 25 March 2019 07:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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Pato wrote on Mon, 25 March 2019 05:52
I made a quick logo with Inkscape based on something I saw on reddit, maybe someone with better design skills can make something better
/index.php?t=getfile&id=25&private=0
I added a hammer and sickle on it. A red star could be good as well, as well as be more appealing to normies who automatically associate socialism with evil governments killing people and no food.

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Re: Making a youtube channel [message #423 is a reply to message #414] Mon, 25 March 2019 19:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Sorry, I can't download attachments from the forum (I don't know why. I click on it and an empty page appears.Wink

Can you upload those images to https://imgur.com/ and post the link?
Re: Making a youtube channel [message #425 is a reply to message #423] Mon, 25 March 2019 21:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pato
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It's working fine for me but here you go
https://imgur.com/a/DtfQhxo
Edit: I tried uploading the hammer and sickle one but it gave me errors, also there's now a new symbol thread on Meta

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Re: Making a youtube channel [message #430 is a reply to message #425] Mon, 25 March 2019 23:46 Go to previous message
ted_burbclave
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I also have some preliminary ideas for a simple and clean logo:

https://imgur.com/a0vbmCK
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