PBS Idea Channel

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The PBS Idea Channel (hosted by Mike Rugnetta) is an educational show dedicated to sharing interesting ideas, be they about the world at large, internet culture, or even in-depth analysis of specific creative works. It covers a broad range of topics with a focus on internet culture relevance, and is most notable for the unique structure of the videos. The last third of each video is dedicated to highlighting and responding to noteworthy comments left on the previous video. Because of this, the channel has developed by far the best comment threads on youtube.

Prolific Poster: Because this analyst is a prolific poster, likely as a result of having a weekly post schedule, I may not share all or even most of their worthwhile videos. If you find that you enjoy the videos I’ve shared, you should definitely go to their site, check out more of their content, and possibly subscribe to their network.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel/videos

[+++ = Must-see. ++ = See if you’re into the medium. + = See if you’re into the subject/analyst.]
[Organized in reverse-chronological order. Only includes posts I’ve seen.]

Videos

Culture Analysis

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Is There An Introvert Craze Because of Technology? [+]

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Are There Two Nicola Teslas? [++]

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Is the Internet Cats? [++]

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How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? [+]

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Why Do We Love Zombies? [+]

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Is A Tagged Instagram More Than Just A Photo? [++]

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There’s No Such thing As Offline?!? [++]

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Are You A Hipster? [++]

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Is Youtube Making Us Smarter? [+]

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How Will the Animated GIF Effect the Presidential Election? [++]

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Anime Analysis

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Does It Matter What Evangelion’s Creator Says? [+++]

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Film Analysis

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How is Jurassic Park a Commentary on Capitalism? [++]

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TV Show Analysis

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Is B-Mo From Adventure Time Expressive of Feminism? [+]

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Is Community A Post-Modern Masterpiece? [+]

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Is Piracy Helping Game of Thrones? [++]

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Is Nostalgia the Reason For Adventure Time’s Amazing Awesomeness? [++]

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Video Game Analysis

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Does Animal Crossing Promote Otaku Citizenship? [+]

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Can Video Games Become the Next Great Spectator Sport? [+]

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Is Buying Call of Duty A Moral Choice? [++]

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Music Analysis

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Is Sad Music Actually Sad? [+]

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Should “Happy Birthday” Be Protected By Copyright? [++]

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Is Hatsune Miku A More Authentic Pop Star Than Lana Del Rey? [+]

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Educational Videos

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Is Google Knowledge? [++]

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Is Math A Feature of the Universe, or a Feature of Human Creation? [++]

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My Little Pony Analysis

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Are Bronies Changing the Definition of Masculinity? [+]

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Other

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How Does Night Vale Confront Us With the Unknown? [++]

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Is Homestuck the Ulysses of the Internet? [+++]

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