By Logan Conrad
Welcome to the inaugural post of my new blog, where I will routinely discuss a new YouTube channel or other online video series. Today, I would like to share with you John and Hank Green’s channel, Vlogbrothers.
Each week, two videos are posted on the channel, one from John, and one from Hank. Topics are very diverse, and can be anything from joking about popular fiction to discussing the revolution in Egypt. The seriousness of the subject matter varies quite a bit, but they always have something thoughtful to say. What makes the Vlogbrothers special is the tomfoolery that can be found in each video; John and Hank have a thoughtful, yet silly senses of humor that allows them to discuss serious issues in a way that makes them accessible, but doesn’t come off as inappropriate or offensive. Then, there’s just wacky stuff, like interviewing the sidewalk and singing about anglerfish. With both of them being over 30, they remind us that you’re never too old to goof off and act like an exuberant kid. When they do talk about something more serious, they show us that discussions about world news or politics don’t have to be dour and antagonistic if you don’t want them to be.
Hank is the more scientifically and environmentally minded of the two, as well as being more stereotypically nerdy; he typically talks about new scientific breakthroughs or being environmentally friendly, in addition to just talking about books and TV shows and writing funny songs. John, the older one, has more of a liberal arts background, and tends to talk about history, current events, and literature. One viewer describes John as “your cool uncle,” and Hank as “your hot cousin.” Uncomfortable incestuous notions aside, this is certainly the image they portray.
Getting into the Vlogbrothers as a new viewer can be difficult, as there are so many inside jokes that a new viewer will easily get lost; it’s not uncommon to run into a line like “Hello, Nerdfighters! Today the Yeti told me she saw a puppy-sized elephant at the evil-baby orphanage. In your pants!” However, you can get caught up on the jokes by Googling them or watching their old videos. I only started watching about two months ago, and I’m already up to speed.
In addition to vlogbrothers, the brothers are also involved in other channels, most notably Scishow and Crashcourse, both of which are deserving of their own blog post later down the line. John Green is also a published author of young adult novels, including the recent New York Times bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars.