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Building on the Ashes of Another’s Work

So an interesting thing happened this past week and that is videos started showing up on the old “SourceFed Nerd” YouTube channel, but now it is called “NowThis Nerd”. For anyone who does not know around a month ago it was decided by the parent company that “SourceFed Nerd” would be no more and they fired all the staff working on that channel. It seemed that would be the end of that channel and they would move any similar content to a different franchise. Then this past week or two it appears that instead of starting a new channel they are building upon the ashes of the channel that they burned to the ground.

It has been an interesting move because the name and everything just feels like trying to ransack the channel that they just destroyed. Now this is a business so I understand why a decision like this might be made, but I do wonder if it is the best decision that could be made.

Building a New Channel

Now obviously the first thing would be – why you couldn’t build a new channel and advertise it on the old one? Let people know that you have moved this content to a new channel and say we would love to have you join us. It would be polite, but wouldn’t feel quite as much of a betrayal to the original fans of the show. At the same time building a new channel with a new following takes a lot of time and effort. There is not a history of episodes to make money off of and for people to find, as well as the fact that you are having to build a brand new audience. Even if you advertise to the old audience there is no guarantee that anyone will come over to the new channel you created. It does not help if you name the new channel a seeming copy of the old one, but it is potentially difficult to avoid.

Renaming the Existing Channel

The direction that they obviously chose to go is to rename the existing channel and try to build from there. Now this could work because offering similar content does mean that you are offering the information that the current audience wants, but at the same time it is a risk. A lot of times people do not just come for the content, but the people. So to fire the people and build up something new with a new production cast can come across as a little disingenuous. It is probably why someone decided to create a Twitter account using the new name and devote it to bashing the new channel. So far the reaction has been pretty bad from the fans with dislikes and negative comments galore.

Will It Work?

Now the big question is will it work and I think that it eventually will if the content is good. I think they will have lost a ton of people at the beginning who might have eventually watched, who definitely won’t now, but that doesn’t mean that they will not build up new people. Folks who did not watch “SourceFed Nerd” who are already fans of “Now This” might be willing to watch a channel dedicated to nerd news. The question is how long are they willing to hold out and how long with the rage of the fans last. Yes, at first here there is a big backlash, but in a month, three months are people still going to be logging in whenever a video is posted just to bash it? I don’t know.

I just think eventually it will fade and they will be able to distance themselves from this. I do think that there were some bad decisions made that they will cost them a bit and it depends on how long they are willing to hold out to make it work.

 

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Death of Feminism and Lewis’s Law – Throwback Thursday

One of our earliest posts on Comparative Geeks carving out the fact that we are feminists, this post still ends with one of the best, most simple, and most elegant explanations of why Feminism is still needed and relevant today. If you don’t know Lewis’s Law, don’t worry, find it below – and remember it, because it’s a good one.

So this is kind of a supplemental post to my Damsels in Distress post because for some reason after watching the video from Feminist Frequency and watching some of the responses, YouTube decided to recommend some other videos for me. The subject of these videos all touched on the point of feminism being irrelevant, feminism being too extreme now, and why someone chose to not identify as a feminist anymore.

During this same time I also read this amazing post by Laura Hudson on her Tumblr discussing why she feels that it is important to still identify as being a feminist. The interesting thing about her article is the fact that her response partly stems from an article on Salon discussing famous women who do not call themselves a feminist. So after hearing from the various sides I wanted to just put my two cents in. Continue reading

When Nerds Collide from Hand Cannon Online

Though I missed the first season, I have been enjoying the heck out of When Nerds Collide. A hidden gem tucked away amidst the Warmachine podcasts I listen to, When Nerds Collide is hosted on Hand Cannon Online (here) and presented by one of their many podcasts, Removed from Play. I guess one podcast presented by another because of the same host, and because of the paid podcast of Removed from Play? For whatever reason, many logos!

Note: I’ve figure out why so many logos and brought-to-you-bys: there is a stand-alone podcast called When Nerds Collide! Guess I’ll have to check that one out too…

This is a podcast that can run kind of long, because they give their format its full due. So here’s the format: they have four nerds on, who present one nerd problem each. They get to present their problem, and each other host gets to comment on it. Then they get a chance to have a closing argument, and then each host votes as to whether their problem is legit or whining. Each problem tends to get a decent amount of time, as there’s always someone trying to pick it apart and someone trying to defend it!

There is definitely a strong adversarial or debate feel to it all, with plenty of devil’s-advocating and people jumping in with points. It’s good that they are friends, and you definitely get that feeling of it being friends getting together and venting about their problems with one another. They also stick to the fact that with three people voting, it’s often a tie-break situation… and sometimes unanimous. And the smack talk seems to run accordingly.

The problems have run the gamut, from consoles vs. computers, to convention woes, to co-pilots on road trips. Fandom aplenty. Elitism and snobbery and the Internet… You get the idea. The hosts rotate, as well, so you’re getting new perspectives and new problems between the episodes. This also means that while you might not care about some of the problems, there’s generally something that you are passionate about!

Oh, and they’ve been associated with charity work as well, so that’s cool!

You can listen to When Nerds Collide via the Hand Cannon Online podcast feed, or here’s that link again which also includes the older episodes. I am definitely going to have to go back and listen to last year’s season 1! I’m tempted to explore trying out that format for one episode of Comparative Opinions, but we’ll see – that would probably run really long. Maybe as two episodes?

Geek versus Nerd – Throwback Thursday

As made obvious by the title of this blog, David and I consider ourselves geeks (probably also nerds, but more geeks), but what does that really mean? If you watch Doctor Who, BSG, anything by Joss Whedon, does that make you geek? If you know a computer backwards and forwards – and spend your spare time building your own box – does that make you a geek? Is it obsessively reading and trying to figure out how the world works around you? Or are you a nerd for those things?

When thinking about definitions I figured a good place to start was to see what the dictionary had to say. I have come to discover that might not have been the best place to start. Continue reading

We’re Headed to a New Site! – Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, I’d say I hope you noticed that we’ve been working on moving. We’ve mentioned it on the site… maybe not as much as we could or should have. I don’t know. We weren’t wanting to direct people to the site yet, since it was a work-in-progress… We’ve worked, and there’s progress!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to check out ComparativeGeeks.com in all its glory! We carried over some of this month’s content, so the site wasn’t barren… it also has kept us writing good posts instead of throw-away, because we’re making use of them twice 🙂

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that after you subscribe to the new blog site, you should follow us on social media too if you haven’t. Make sure you can keep up. Our Facebook page has been going for years, but we’ve been working harder to share fun things to it lately. We have a new combined Twitter, however, so that you can make sure to get all the updates from Comparative Geeks, from all of our contributors: https://twitter.com/comparativegeek. We also have a presence on Instagram, Tumblr, and Google+, if those are your cup of tea to my cup of coffee.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that after you subscribe to the new blog and follow us on social media, you should totally check out our new Podcast, Comparative Opinions! Inspired by the blog series of the same name, this is a podcast where we get together for half an hour, talk about a topic and a bit about our lives and geekiness, and then let you get on your merry way. The first episode has been submitted to iTunes, so hopefully it will be available there soon!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you this is post 999 on Comparative Geeks. At 1000, I think we may be turning into a pumpkin – this blog will stop posting, and you’ll want to be heading over to ComparativeGeeks.com instead. With the new site comes more contributors, daily posting, a forum for ongoing discussion, the weekly podcast, and more.

We’ve gotten to this point through all the great help and support and readership and comments and shares and encouragement from all of you, our readers. Thank you so much. We have enjoyed blogging here for three and a half years, and it was time to step up or step back. We are stepping up in a big way, and we hope you join us for the ride.

If you haven’t yet, after clicking all those links above, make sure to check out the rest of the coffee linkup over on PartTimeMonster!