Why Cartoons Make Great Satire

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Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Happy holidays friends. If you want to get reading recommendations every week, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter: Have a great new year. Grateful for you all, keep bangin' on your drum.
Jerry Gorge
Jerry Gorge Anos atrás
Just saying, I LOVE your videos, you have a highly intelligent view on comedy
Mr Miyagi
Mr Miyagi 2 anos atrás
Your videos are so good i love the philosophy you use and varied points of view. I like how you manage to deconstruct the world around us but not to show off or just get views but to create a powerful positive message that you can share with the world. You seem a very genuine talented creator making something you enjoy rather than someone who only wants success for the sake of success. Your first rick and morty video felt inspired and really struck a cord with me but tbf all your content is very good. Hope you can make a living from this and hope to see more amazing content.
Pim Visschers
Pim Visschers 2 anos atrás
Will Schoder Hey Will, just subscribed to your list, very interested to see what pops up. If I may, since it's my birthday tomorrow: What book/books make you go "you have to fucking read that"? I'd appreciate it greatly. Feel free to email me, and all the best to you in 2018! Pim
GeudBuey 2 anos atrás
Happy Holidays! Love your videos, always look forward to new ones!
Sean MegaByte
Sean MegaByte 2 anos atrás
Happy holidays man . Always good to see a video from you.
yeboitroy Mês atrás
“The simpsons in South Park” lol.
Cornell Waters
Cornell Waters 4 meses atrás
Thank You 😉
SpyMonkey3D 5 meses atrás
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")
Dan Hickory
Dan Hickory 5 meses atrás
Steele Hansen
Steele Hansen Anos atrás
Is Will Scoder a philosopher of the 21st century?? I think so!!
John Wisniewski
John Wisniewski Anos atrás
Interesting and thought provoking
Basil Umeh
Basil Umeh Anos atrás
Such high quality videos, this channel is phenomenal
Cameron Anos atrás
What show is that 1:26
Enimo Anos atrás
Probably American Dad
David Umstattd
David Umstattd Anos atrás
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
uhadme Anos atrás
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.
frootloop edibles
frootloop edibles Anos atrás
Will Schoder. The judges looooved your video, but your thumnail gave you a thumbs down. I'm sorry my dear but you are up for elimination.
Et Cogito Ergo Sum
Et Cogito Ergo Sum Anos atrás
America is the continent, americans are all who we live here, bro
Jamal Vargas
Jamal Vargas Anos atrás
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
SamWallace Art
SamWallace Art Anos atrás
Y’know what’s great about animated satires? They only use generic inspirational background music for small amounts of time.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder Anos atrás
This is spicy
Don Leibold
Don Leibold Anos atrás
Great video! Do you have one in the works that details the tools in the satirist's toolbox (at 1:13)? Thanks!
Backyard Stranger
Backyard Stranger Anos atrás
Cartoons are forever.
Jacob Dominguez
Jacob Dominguez Anos atrás
Great video 👍
Some Guy
Some Guy Anos atrás
Awesome channel, congrats.
Jay Little
Jay Little Anos atrás
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?
Pat Williams Studios
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
mb 1998
mb 1998 Anos atrás
That South Park clip perfectly reflects 2018 gun politics
Marta Anos atrás
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.
Christopher Leavitt
is there a transcript of this somewhere?
Harry's Haunted House
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.
TheChaserTV 2 anos atrás
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.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
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.
Adam Scicluna
Adam Scicluna 2 anos atrás
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?
Adam Scicluna
Adam Scicluna 2 anos atrás
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.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
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 BRvid 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 (BRvid 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: Oh, and most importantly, choose topics that you love! The audience won’t care if you don’t. Good luck, Adam!!!
somika87 2 anos atrás
Hats off to you man, great video
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks somika, I appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed it.
Isaac Franco
Isaac Franco 2 anos atrás
Dude I love your videos, and Id love to see one on Jordan B Peterson
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
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.
PlexyPanda 2 anos atrás
Excellent video essay! :)
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thank you Plexy, thank you very much
flamshiz 2 anos atrás
1.25x makes this watchable
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
You're right!
Victor Ong
Victor Ong 2 anos atrás
Your contents never disappoint
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Victor -- and thanks for commenting
Adrian Dezendegui
Adrian Dezendegui 2 anos atrás
Ugh why use late season Simpsons, you could have used the ahead of its time Duckman.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
The peril of availability.
Gabriel Wagnitz
Gabriel Wagnitz 2 anos atrás
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.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
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.
Brian Freedman
Brian Freedman 2 anos atrás
Will, this was incredibly well done. Keep up the amazing work. Happy New Year.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Brian, I really appreciate that! Happy New Year to you too.
Andreas 2 anos atrás
Great video man, so good. Keep it up :)
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Ingame!
Guilherme Rodrigues
Guilherme Rodrigues 2 anos atrás
What a fucking brillant video
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
Mark Bryant
Mark Bryant 2 anos atrás
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.
Andres Simonian
Andres Simonian 2 anos atrás
Awesome video man
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Andres!
Old Books at Midnight
Old Books at Midnight 2 anos atrás
the background music is so calming
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
I'm just trying to get more people to sleep through my videos.
mrwan54 2 anos atrás
woo he's back! have a nice year
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
I'm back! Big year ahead. Have a good one my friend.
Luuk 2 anos atrás
I still convinced you are one of the best BRvid channels out here today
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Hey thanks Quieper, I appreciate that. I'm glad you're a fan of my stuff.
Spencer Kraynik
Spencer Kraynik 2 anos atrás
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.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
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.
AlaskaBoyAlex 2 anos atrás
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!
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks my friend, that's one of the goals of the channel--to look at thing a little more broadly.
TalkThisOut 2 anos atrás
Good job broski!
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thank you, brohan
Pelé Gouda
Pelé Gouda 2 anos atrás
Sponsored by squarespace! Way to go, Will!
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Yea baby!! Woohoo
Meghan McDonald
Meghan McDonald 2 anos atrás
Enjoyed this!
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Meghan, glad you like it.
Cristian 2 anos atrás
It bothers me how you pronounce Vonnegut. Still a great video.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Van-gut! Van-yup! Van-yoot! How would you pronounce it?!
Elena Apostu
Elena Apostu 2 anos atrás
This channel is amazingly great!
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Elena, I appreciate that.
Just WOW
Just WOW 2 anos atrás
Good shit mate
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks Just Wow, I appreciate it!
Morgan Bradford
Morgan Bradford 2 anos atrás
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
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Yea baby! Quality over quantity to the MAX!!!!!
Barfing Chicken
Barfing Chicken 2 anos atrás
I think it works well because it says what people are afraid to.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Totally agree
Philip Q
Philip Q 2 anos atrás
Yea that video is a nice sauce
Philip Q
Philip Q 2 anos atrás
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.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Philip Q
Philip Q 2 anos atrás
Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson 2 anos atrás
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
Bálint Polgár
Bálint Polgár 2 anos atrás
I finally got the joke about Diane being an "Asian Daria"
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
There it is!!
The Friend of Many Squirrels
This deserves a million views
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
That's some serious can only hope...
ImComing1 2 anos atrás
Awesome video. Thanks for uploading.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.
Terrible Tallrus
Terrible Tallrus 2 anos atrás
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 :)
moorsum 2 anos atrás
A class man. Thank you.
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thank you moorsum, I appreciate that.
Joey Bones
Joey Bones 2 anos atrás
not bad, good luck growing your channel
Will Schoder
Will Schoder 2 anos atrás
Thanks, I'm working on it
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