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Educational web series entertains, challenges status quo

- February 22nd, 2013

Was the Renaissance a thing? Apparently, not so much. And while we’re challenging wildly held beliefs about history, was the American Revolution really that revolutionary? And what’s so great about Alexander the Great, anyway?

These issues and more are explored in Crash Course, a fast and fun web show born out of  YouTube’s $100 million dollar original channel initiative.

Created by adorable brothers Hank and John Green, Crash Course  uses a combination of fast talk, witty banter, gorgeous graphics and pop-culture references to make subjects like world history, literature, biology and ecology  palatable to a modern audience.

In the world history segments especially, Crash Course packs impressive amount of information into each episode, and on top of that, show us what’s important, fascinating, overlooked and controversial about history. And it does it without any of the euro-centrist, great-man-worshiping, white-washing that you tend to get find in high school text books. Crash Course shows reverence to nothing and no one. Except maybe the Mongols.

Also, in this episode, there’s a dalek.

 

Five web TV shows you should be watching

- June 11th, 2012

With the TV season winding to a close, the summer is a great time to relax and catch up all the great television you don’t have time to think about between Thursday’s must-see TV sitcoms and Sunday’s all-night HBO-a-thons.

But summer show-fests are no easy feat, especially for those too broke to buy boxsets or too principled to pirate.

That is, unless you happen to live in a thrilling new era of television where creative people circumvent big networks altogether and take their visions directly to the web. Oh wait, you do! Lucky you!

Here are five web TV shows you should totally be watching.

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