YouTuber Hank Green on his Post-SOTU Interview With Obama

An excellent read about his experience and especially with how the mainstream media didn’t understand what was going on and why it resorted to mocking the three YouTube stars who were selected:

This is the real source of legacy media’s belittling and diminishing language around our interviews with Obama. They have degraded their own legitimacy so much that, to a lot of people, I (a 34-year-old former bio-chemist and current video blogger) appear to be a more legitimate source of unbiased thought and information than the fucking news?

The source of our legitimacy is the very different from their coiffed, Armani institutions. It springs instead (and I’m aware that I’m abandoning any modicum of modesty here) from honesty. In new media this is often called “authenticity” because our culture is too jaded to use a big fat word like “honesty” without our gallbladders clogging up, but that’s really what it is.

Glozell, Bethany and I don’t sit in fancy news studios surrounded by fifty thousand dollar cameras and polished metal and glass backdrops with inlayed 90-inch LCD screens. People trust us because we’ve spent years developing a relationship with them. We have been scrutinized and found not evil. Our legitimacy comes from honesty, not from cultural signals or institutions.

And with young people having no reasons to trust those cultural signals that we older folks were raised with, this is the only thing that works for them anymore. Our values and interests mesh with theirs enough that they’ve come to trust us. They trust us to make content that they will enjoy and they trust us to be the kind of people they can look up to. People who betray that trust risk losing everything that they have built.

This is true for blogging as well. Long time readers of Cynical-C know exactly what they’ll get when they come here which is basically one idiot’s internet consciousness.

There is nothing actually legitimate about Fox News (or MSNBC for that matter) even if they occasionally spend five minutes reporting actual news. Young people know this. They don’t trust news organizations because news organizations have given them no reason to be trusting. They exist not to inform but to uphold the biases and values of particular ideologies. Ideologies and values, by the way, that very few young people embody. Even when they try to strike a balance, they do it by pitting different perspectives against each other in staged arguments. But neither perspective looks familiar to most people under the age of 40, so they just tune out.

I’ve been a bit busy the last few weeks trying to make my return to blogging more efficient to fit into my schedule so I didn’t get a chance to see the YouTube interviews. I will try to soon if I still have power this week after the Snowmageddon.