Tag Archives: Philip Defranco

Don’t Forget Net Neutrality!

Yesterday was a day organized as a big push for those who support Net Neutrality, with the Day of Action. Net Neutrality is a big issue we pay attention to, so it seemed important to note that supporting Net Neutrality doesn’t end after the Day of Action!

For more on Net Neutrality, Philip DeFranco did a nice job covering it (warning: language):

I’ll just copy-paste the links from his show notes if you’re looking for more:

Net Neutrality:
https://www.battleforthenet.com/
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/0…
https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/2/155…
http://mashable.com/2017/07/12/net-ne…
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40…
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/te…
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proce…))

And now, DeFranco Nation.

Not long ago I was talking about how Philip DeFranco seemed to be moving towards a news network, but was also working on disentangling himself from old contracts and arrangements. Well, it seems like his independence has been won, and the work has indeed begun on the news network!

No corporate backers, new office space, and a new drive forward. We’ve been watching his show for years now, and I think these next steps make sense. As I said before, I do wonder if the perfect window has passed for starting this sort of a venture up – whether new news organizations like News & Guts caught the right moment, but that now it’s too late. I suppose it remains to be seen, and his past success with his shows and YouTube awards shows means he has a shot at this.

A lot of people have been re-subscribing to the news, but Holly and I have not added a news subscription yet. However, the DeFranco Elite backing – on Patreon – might be the place for us to invest a bit in the news. What do you think?

The Last Week of SourceFed!

We opened YouTube on Monday and found this video waiting.

It’s the last week of SourceFed and SourceFed Nerd! (And People Be Like). Unfortunately… it feels like we’re part of the problem. Holly and I connected with the original hosts, who were funny and awesome, but who also opened up with a lot of inner thoughts and stories through TableTalk and their many Truth or Dare episodes. TableTalk was probably the beginning of us watching regular daily YouTube content. We followed those hosts onto SourceFed Nerd and have shared plenty of content from that channel, or reacted to it.

However, as time passed and one-by-one the hosts left for other projects and to further their career, we failed to connect with the new hosts in the same way. At this point, we pretty much just watch the Philip DeFranco show and haven’t been watching any SourceFed.

YouTube as a space is more about the creators than their format, I think, and losing those creators, the faces we knew, was a setback. It’s actually maybe a testament to how good a format it was, and how gradual a change, that the channel has survived for this long.


One thing we wonder is how long this has been coming. Philip DeFranco has said the decision was not his to make, and decisions at SourceFed haven’t been his to make for a while.

He also says that the point of the show was for it to have changing hosts, and for the hosts to change – and for the show to change with them. So an experiment about my claim above, that YouTube is tied to the creators.

Phil has been talking about wanting to start a news channel for a while now, and he’s recognized that his timing was bad – that the proper time to start a new news site was probably sometime around the election results or the inauguration. Kind of like Dan Rather’s News And Guts. Waiting pulls us further away from that historical moment when the American people reconnected with the news in a big way.

I think that the end of several projects that Phil started – even if he was no longer managing and running them – feels like a further setback. And it’s too bad. And it makes me wonder if there are other business contracts or timeline elements, like this, that are standing in the way of that news network. We’ve been watching Phil for years, and I’m interested to see what he would do with a news network. Will that network come to be? Will any old SourceFed faces make their way there? Time will tell!

Meanwhile… the last TableTalk

David’s Best of 2015

It’s that time of year again – the best of the year reviews! This year we’re going to have three of them, so let’s get started 🙂

Holly and I at least missed a number of things this year, with all our Geek Babying and such, so there’s things that are missed that were perhaps awesome. There’s also some things that are more about them being good for us this year, or discovered this year, or what have you. It’s personal, it’s ours – it’s the best of 2015.

Let’s go!

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Science Fiction Today – Transportation, Take 3

With our Science Fiction Today posts, we like to explore the ideas from Science Fiction and how they might come about in the world today, or in our near future. Because really, it’s more fun to think about today’s problems in terms of what they can become, rather than what they are now.

One of the topics we’ve talked about most with Science Fiction Today, meanwhile, is transportation. Maybe it’s because modern transportation is a drag – and maybe it’s because with the Internet, the world is getting smaller and we want to be able to travel like it is!

We’ve talked about transportation first in the face of the sequester, when they were worried about travel delays, and then when Holly was considering it after flying and having to wait. There are some advantages to flying – you can get stuff done, like reading, work, handheld games. Electronics have made this form of travel very versatile. Well, except for the take-off and landing…

I saw something this week that made me think about transportation a little bit differently, and I thought I would share it, continuing our ongoing consideration of science-fictional forms of transport – Today! Continue reading