Video Shows Rule The Nation

In what now seems to be a daily thing for me, I’m back on the blog. I’ve not had a want to write like this for quite some time. I think the only time I’ve written four days in a row straight was back in 2011, right before I graduated out of college. I figured that I would have some great story that would come out of graduating, which obviously didn’t happen. At that point, the blog fell to the wayside, updated from time to time, but I’d never really consider it to be a focus. I’d want it to, as you read by my impassioned pleas to stay with the blog because I promised that it would be updated more often than it had been in the past. Now it’s just somehow started to sprout organically, and I’m having a bit of fun with it.

That wasn’t the point of this post. This is:

I’ve gotta share something that I realized tonight. I’m more interested in what I now dumb internet television than I am regular television. I can hear you all clicking your bookmarks to read something more interesting, but I swear I have a point that I’m getting at!

Click that stop button. Seriously, do that.

When I say internet televison (hereafter referred to as ITV [no, I won’t do that “cute” little lowercase “i” that Apple does], I’m not referring to something like Hulu, or any of the networks’ many sites that they end up streaming their shows on. I’m talking about Youtube, Channel 101, and the many other places that you find that have those shows that are outside of the traditional studio system, which gives them the chance to try something new, something outrageous, and quite often, something fantastic. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite finds  with you beautiful internet users, you.

First off, I’m going to start you off with a series that has sucked me in and has refused to let me go in the last year. This would be The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

This show surprised me. The show is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, all told through Lizzie Bennet’s video blog that she starts making for her college communications class. When i read that it was an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I felt I would probably not enjoy it. While I can see why it is a brilliant book and there are absolutely reasons to say it’s one of those books that will last for the rest of our time, it just isn’t a book that interests me. This series is written by Hank Green, though (more on him later), so I felt I had to at least give it a chance. I made the right choice, keeping up with the series constantly, and every once in a while finding out that there’s a spin-off series like Maria Lu’s channel, or The Lydia Bennet or even, Pemberly Digital. It just keeps expanding  all the time and it’s really interesting to see a story told in this fashion. I have no idea what to expect next, which I think it helping me stay hooked for once. I may give the book a second chance after the series ends, just to see if maybe something is different now from when I tried to read it last.

Next up, this is a show all about connection to it’s viewers. This is A Show, With Ze Frank. This is one of those shows that really does something incredible. It gets it’s viewers and fans to do something. Most of the time, it’s something constructive or incredibly creative, and the the show itself adds stories and anecdotes that Ze has come across over the years. It goes from the comical and silly to really quite somber and thought provoking. I’ve been following it since last year, and I can’t recommend it strong enough.

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I was planning on doing a much longer post covering all the shows I’m watching right now, but I think that would actually be detrimental right now. I’ll have to come back and point you to a few more. Who knows, this could be a really fun series. I’ll probably post the next set of videos tomorrow, so keep an eye out; the story is continuing to evolve.

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