Thank you PBS for another interesting episode…
I made a short transcript of the section featuring Jake Roper (VSauce)
The community as creative collaborators (with Jake Roper, VSauce)
YouTube is very niche, because there’s [sic] millions of channels that people create and anyone can create it. And that’s what’s really interesting: that you make content and then you find the people that are into the same thing that you are which you can’t do that in television. I guess and audience coming to VSauce 1, 2 or 3 is coming to find out things that they didn’t even knew they wanted to know. So it’s just for curious minds.
A lot of the ideas that we get for episodes are suggested by the viewers and we want the audiences to be aware of like: we’re just making this for you, spending hours just doing this and we want respond and interact with you.Engagement is generally really high. When we start an episode we go “Hey VSauce!” because it’s not just us. We’re all VSauce. That is really the community. We are a community. So people are just super engaged into it because it’s kind of ‘us’ making the content, together. Commenting is incredibly important because you find out what your audience wants. Like, I can make content and I can have 500.000 views, but if no-one tells me they liked it or disliked or anything, then I don’t know what I made. This is something that really just part of YouTube and why YouTube, I think, is so successful. Between audiences and creators is that, unlike television, if there is something that I didn’t particularly like about or that I did like, if I comment about it I can directly affect what is being made and see that change the very next week. But also to subscribers are really important, because then I can make content just for them because I know that they’re subscribing. They’re going to watch it. I don’t have to dilute or change what I’m going to make to appeal to a larger audience. There’s the appeal to my audience which are those subscribers. That’s just so cool, right? That like, people all over the world get to interact with each other and with me and I can interact with them and we get to build this community and be part of something. That’s what drives me. Just how many people can we interact with and how many people can we find that are interested in the same things that we’re passionate about.