Likely due to a confluence of factors related to how I browse the world wide web, I was recently presented with this video:
I hadn’t previously seen any videos (that I know of) from this creator, but it was definitely a topic I was interested in, so I watched it. It’s a great summary of some of the works that have entered the public domain this year, with a little bit of commentary added for good measure (particularly pointed at the Doyle Estate). It’s an entertaining and informative video, but it didn’t lead me to checking out any of his other content, until last night…
So, YouTube’s algorithm had certainly been serving up suggestions that I watch more of his content, but I’d mostly been ignoring them since it seemed like a lot of Star Trek. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Trek, I’m just wildly out of date. I haven’t seen Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, Brave New Worlds, or Prodigy. I haven’t even seen any of the Kelvin movies, other than a few clips here and there. I’ve been meaning to catch up, it just hasn’t happened yet.
So last night I saw that he had released a video about ChatGPT, and I’ve been meaning to investigate that a bit further, so I thought why not? Except I didn’t watch that video, instead I went to his channel and scrolled back a ways…
It’s kind of all over the place. Sure there’s a fair amount of Star Trek content, but there’s also this:
I pretty much knew what I was going to get there, but it was good to hear nonetheless.
So I worked my way forward from there:
It’s random, but also funny.
This does a fantastic job of distilling many of the same ideas and feelings I have, but more eloquently than I could reasonably achieve.
This one seems like it shouldn’t still be relevant, but it totally is. I also love the framing device.
This is a thorough, kind, and thoughtful tribute to the late Kevin Conroy.
Observational comedy definitely seems to be a strength of his.
There’s a fair bit of Batman content as well.
I need to go back and see previous years’ videos of this.
I’ll admit that I had a little difficulty parsing this at first, as I’m not as extremely online enough to know about all of the parties involved, but once you get past the setup, the rest of the explanation is a pretty satisfying answer to the general question posed.
And here’s the ChatGPT video I mentioned earlier:
It’s pretty fun.