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Try not to smile or laugh – allow us to steal some of your time!

So one of the occasional features on the Fine Bros Entertainment YouTube channel that we liked was when they showed them videos and told them to try not to smile or laugh. Whoever made it through all the videos was a winner. Some of the clips they show make it really hard, with looping fails or slow motion.

React Channel logoWith their newer channel, just called React, they have turned this into a far more frequent thing, up to 24 episodes now where all it is is these challenges. It also opened it up to being not just one group (Teens, Elders, Kids, Adults, YouTubers…) doing the challenge, but instead a mix.

I just looked and saw we haven’t really mentioned this on the blog, even though we watch all of these when they’re posted! Often the videos themselves we can resist laughing at, but the reactors – when they laugh, and then catch themselves laughing and realize they’re out – we end up laughing at or with. In other words, we’re not very good at this at all.

So here’s the playlist, currently 24 challenges. Enjoy!

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A Lifetime of Laughter… at the Expense of the Death of a Bachelor

So just glancing at the tags on the site, we haven’t talked about Panic! at the Disco before! They’re a band we really like, despite the fact that they’ve been tagged with terms like “emo.” I’m still not sure I understand what emo means, so I just ignore that – and listen to Panic!

One of the things I really like about Panic! is how their albums feel like a complete whole, like a performance. Complete with introductions, musical interludes, and a finale. Since I tend to like the whole albums, I hadn’t really looked for a music video from them – I’d just gotten the new album…

Their new album, Death of a Bachelor, is pretty great. We found out there was this music video from watching this episode of Teens React. Wow, okay, that’s a video… Then they went back, ironically, to another wedding: their first hit single. Of course, what I have to say is they missed another great video:

It was interesting to find out, though, that the band is down to just the lead singer (can you call it a band then?) I actually saw them live years ago, and it was fun because it was a large band. I mean, they had a lead cello. Just a lot of musicians. To be down to one man left standing is too bad. But hey, he’s keeping the music coming.

So that’s a thing – Goat Simulator

We’re packing to go on a short trip for the weekend, and it’s not a good space to be thinking of a blog post. So this is only a little bit filler. It’s also just something to share, if you haven’t seen it. Goat Simulator.

We saw one video of people playing it on the new React Channel, from the Fine Bros. We’ve talked about them before here. Great YouTube Channel we still watch – and they have started this new Channel with even more of the reaction videos. And so, they have the teens play Goat Simulator.

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Teens Show Grasp of Problematic Representations

So the recent episode of react videos from the Fine Bros actually brings up a really interesting topic. The video is Teens React to Blurred Lines, where they have teens watching the PG version of the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines music video. First off I have to be grateful because I have neither heard the song or seen the music video. I had heard about it slightly, but just did not care enough to watch it myself. After watching the watching of the video I am even more happy to say that I never watched it myself.

The most interesting thing that happens during the video is when the teens really examine the video and what it means about the song, many of them are a bit taken back. Many of them even liked the song before watching the video, but the more they heard about Thicke’s comments on the video and the video itself there seemed to be a turning of opinion.

There is a great moment where one of the teens even says that if we just shrug off what is happening in the song and in the video than nothing will change. It was kind of amazing to see this from a bunch of teens when there are some adults who do not understand that concept (just look at almost any comment section dealing with criticism of a specific media). So I highly recommend watching the video above and let me know what you think about the teens reactions.

More Thoughts on Tropes vs Video Games

We have talked a bit about Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Holly talked about the original video, with a post about Damsels in Distress, and I felt the need to chime in too. Well, now all three Damsels in Distress videos are out, so there’s room for more commentary! Holly discussed the need to balance out enjoyment and criticism the other day. And I had some other thoughts to add too.

So I want to talk about three areas. One, there is a world of difference between criticism and creation, and I think Anita finally addresses this by creating a new plot – something I did in a follow-up post previously too. Second, Anita is working in a new medium by presenting in YouTube, and this impacts what we get. And third, there is not only a space for, but a need for academic study of video games, if we want to defend them and say things like “video games don’t cause violence.”

I guess I feel like I have to lay out my point like I would academically to talk about something academic? In which case, we need a thesis: there should be less negative reaction to Anita Sarkeesian. And below I’ll explore why!

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