A New Video on the "Consensus"

So a while back I decided to make some YouTube videos about various topics I've discussed on this blog since videos can be a lot more digestible than blog posts. Life got in the way though, and I kept putting them off. That's finally changed though. I'm happy to say I've published my first "real" YouTube video about a climate change related issue. For my first video, I figured I'd tackle the 97% consensus meme, and the con that went into making it. You can check out the video here:

One thing I realized during previous attempts at making videos is I felt like there was too much "dead time" in terms of what was on the screen, where nothing was happening. The obvious solution to this was to get on camera and show my face as I talked during those portions. I'm not super comfortable with that, but I decided to go ahead and do it. I also edited the video a bit so I could do things like splice in video clips.

I'm not exactly thrilled with how the video turned out, but I think it turned out alright for a first attempt. My hope is with practice and experimentation, I'll be able to improve so I can make videos people will enjoy watching and find informative. Given that, any feedback is welcome!

8 comments

  1. I'm photosensitive so I wear sunglasses almost all the time. I don't always wear them when I'm using a computer at home because I can keep the lighting low enough I don't need them, but I can't have the lighting that low if I want a camera to be able to record things.

    By the way, I had planned to upload another video by now, but I wound up getting sick and had to take a couple weeks off of doing anything. I'm on the mend now so hopefully the next video will be online within a week or so. No promises though. I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on and YouTube is a low priority for now.

  2. Brandon -

    Off topic...

    Have you seen Mcintyre's tweets on Ivermectin? Some aren't too bad (imo, there is still come uncertainty as to whether it has any utility as a therapeutic/prophylaxis for COVID) but some are just just facile.

    I know you disagree but as someone who can't evaluate the technical arguments about climate science, given the range of topics on which he generates nonsense, I still don't see any reason to have faith that his work on climate science doesn't suffer from significant shortcomings.

  3. Nope. I muted McIntyre on Twitter a long time ago because he kept posting rambling, indecipherable tweet threads that were presumably based upon the assumption people would know a bunch of things he felt were true (and in my experience, at least sometimes were not). I think Twitter can be useful for many things, but I don't think McIntyre uses it in a way that's actually productive. Even when I disagree with things he says in blog posts, I can at least comprehend what he says in them and understand what ideas he is trying to express. On Twitter, that's often not the case.

    I know you disagree but as someone who can't evaluate the technical arguments about climate science, given the range of topics on which he generates nonsense, I still don't see any reason to have faith that his work on climate science doesn't suffer from significant shortcomings.

    Given the topic of this post, one might think you could at least evaluate the technical arguments made in the video the post is about. Or failing that, at least explain why you feel unable to address what are, quite frankly, extremely simple points. I'm not sure why you'd ignore the topic of the post in order to opine on your inability to evaluate issues not germane to the post (and ask questions about my personal apparel), but a cynical person might draw certain conclusions 😛

  4. A cynical (or non-cynical) person is free to draw whatever conclusions they like, Brandon. I don't particularly care one way or the other. It's on them.

    I also don't particularly care about the topic of the post. Not only do I find it irrelevant, I find the endless picayune bickering about it to be incredibly tedious.

    A cynical person might draw certain conclusions about why you've spent time on a inane issue for so many years and continue to do so.

    And for what it's worth, my guess is that a significant chunk of the people who watch your video will wonder why you're wearing sunglasses.

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