Go to https://surfshark.deals/tomnicholas and use code TOMNICHOLAS to get 83% off a 2 year plan plus 3 extra months for free! A video about Veritasium, Science YouTube, misinformation and Why You Should Want Driverless Cars On Roads Now (or maybe not). *Chapters* 00:00 Veritasium: A Story of YouTube Propaganda 00:40 1. Driverless Cars 08:07 2. YouTubers for Sale 14:58 Surfshark Spot 16:52 3. Veritasium vs. the Technophobes 24:54 4. Lying With Statistics 34:15 5. Misinformation by Omission 45:22 6. The Limited Futures of youTube Propaganda *Some Copy about the Video for the YouTube Algorithm* In this month's video, we're looking at a video by Veritasium. One of the biggest science channels (or, indeed, educational channels) on the YouTube platform, Veritasium makes videos which aim to challenge our preconceptions about physics, science and the world more broadly. In July 2021, they released a video called
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Finally someone made a video about it, I stopped following that channel after my science feed got filled with corporate ads disguised as educational videos.

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I used to really like his physics videos, but I agree that he got too into integrating ads.

Like, when your make an entire science video around a corporate partnership, you really have take a step back and reevaluate how you’re going about being a “science educator”.

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Thanks for introducing me to this channel! Seems like Tom has some very interesting looking videos I need to dive into.

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Tom has interesting stuff but very lib still. His video on fascism is based on the “authoritarian mindset” which, not only is it idealism of the highest order, it also conveniently equates communism with fascism. And I can’t help but think, imagine making a 40 minutes video on a faulty easily debunked premise.

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It’s actually one of the videos I have watched now and while it’s not my favorite, it’s not exactly how you portray it. Not once does he specifically equate communism with fascism, for example. It’s hardy more than a narration of the key points of “The Authoritan Personality” and he introduces them in a fairly uncritical manner. Now, I’m not an expert on (anti)fascism, but I found it still interesting, never having read said book myself. What’s better theory on fascism in your opinion?

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I didn’t say Tom equates communism with fascism 😉 but the theory of the “authoritarian mindset” drives to that conclusion. It’s ludicrous to think both are the same and Tom’s presentation which, as you said, was completely uncritical, ultimately leads to that conclusion whether he intended it or not.

The theory is also completely discredited because it’s just ludicrous post-war drivel during the gold rush to try and “explain” fascism lol. Hitler did not seize power because he had some “authoritarian” people around him.

The best analysis of fascism I know was, believe it or not, from Trotsky. You can read his pamphlet here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/1944/1944-fas.htm. Beware it remains trotskyism lmao. But he worked on his theory starting in 1922 and I can see some evolutions between this pamphlet and what the common marxist analysis is today, so I’m guessing his analysis was picked up in the Soviet Union and expanded upon, but I don’t know by whom.

You can also read Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism: http://cult320withallison.onmason.com/files/2015/01/Aime_Cesaire_Discourse_On_Colonialism_pt_1.pdf, though I think its strength lies in exposing just how much colonial powers paved the road for fascism to exist later, prompting Césaire to write “fascism is colonialism inflicted upon the coloniser” (writing from the perspective of a colonized nation himself).

We expand on fascism through a marxist framework here on prolewiki too: https://en.prolewiki.org/wiki/Fascism. But I’m not entirely satisfied with that article and might revisit it eventually.

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Thanks! That looks like some good reading material.

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How centralized social media encourage propaganda.

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