“tl:dr” is internet slang for “too long; didn’t read.” While sometimes I worry about my generation’s tendency to limit itself to 140 characters, I also believe that embracing short and sweet media platforms can be the key to wider civic engagement.
So, this blog is for those who might be interested in engaging more with current events and world news, but too often find themselves saying, “tl;dr.” For example: Do you have a vague idea of what Congress is and how it works, but you’re not confident you could pass the American citizenship test? There are YouTube videos for that. Not sure what “Gamergate” is all about, or why it matters? I know some videos that can explain it to you.
I want to be clear here: Watching YouTube videos and documentaries does not an expert make. If you want to know all that there is to know about US foreign policy and have people respect your authority on the subject, go read a book. Read many books in fact. Take classes. Talk to experts.
My goal with this blog is simply to share new and creative media that might kickstart your education–basically, I want to throw Vlogbrothers and PBS videos at people in a more organized fashion than random Facebook updates. My hope is that people will find some merit in this, actually watch the films, and go out into the world and engage in awesome dialogue about current events, politics, and culture. Educational media may not be the only way to decreasing world suck, but I think it’s a great first step in the right direction.