Crash Course (YouTube)

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Crash Course
GenreEducational
Created byJohn and Hank Green
Written byvarying
Creative director(s)Thought Café (formerly Thought Bubble)
Presented byJohn and Hank Green
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes155
Production
Executive producer(s)John Green
Producer(s)Stan Muller
Danica Johnson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeunder 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelYouTube
Picture format1080p
Chronology
Related showsSciShow, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
 
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Crash Course
GenreEducational
Created byJohn and Hank Green
Written byvarying
Creative director(s)Thought Café (formerly Thought Bubble)
Presented byJohn and Hank Green
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes155
Production
Executive producer(s)John Green
Producer(s)Stan Muller
Danica Johnson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeunder 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelYouTube
Picture format1080p
Chronology
Related showsSciShow, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Crash Course[1] is an educational YouTube channel[2][3][4][5] started by Hank Green and John Green, also known as the VlogBrothers. Crash Course was one of the 100 initial channels of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. Having finished earlier courses on biology, world history, ecology, and English literature, Hank Green now teaches chemistry, and John Green teaches United States history. Crash Course launched a preview on December 2, 2011. As of October 10, 2013, the CrashCourse YouTube channel has earned over 1 million subscribers and over 48 million video views.

Series[edit]

World History[edit]

John Green, co-creator of Crash Course and host of World History, English Literature, and U.S. History

Crash Course World History[6] launched on January 26, 2012[7] with "The Agricultural Revolution". Crash Course World History aired a new episode on YouTube every Thursday. Throughout the video, Green, the show's host and executive producer, explains the topic presented at the beginning of the video. He also "goes" to the Thought Bubble, an animation of what he is explaining.[8] Stan Muller is the editor and producer. Raoul Meyer, an AP World History teacher and Green's former teacher, writes the show, with revisions and additions by Green, and Jason Weidner creates the music for the show. Suzanna Brusikiewicz, Jonathon Corbiere, Allan Levy, James Tuer, Nick Counter, Tyler Sammy, Corey MacDonald, and Adam Winnik form "Thought Bubble"'s creative team.

Crash Course World History features several recurring themes such as "The Open Letter," a segment where Green first opens "The Secret Compartment" and grabs whatever is in it, then reads an open letter to a historical figure, period, or concept. The contents of the Secret Compartment frequently connect to the video's main focus. Occasionally Green converses with a version of himself whom he calls "Me from the past" from which he usually responds to naive questions or statements about the topic.[9] Arguably, the most popular recurring theme is "Unless you are (wait for it) the Mongols". This theme shows a drawing of Mongols shouting "We're the Exception!" followed by a three-second clip of a scene from the 1961 film "The Mongols" depicting a village raid. The Mongol clip entertained viewers so much that t-shirts referencing the meme are available.[10]

In Crash Course World History, Green frequently encourages his viewers to avoid looking at history through Eurocentrism or "Great Man" History, but to be conscious of a broader historical context. Crash Course World History has a broad following,[who?] with devotees all around the globe, but it has a particular appeal to American students taking the AP World History exam administered by the College Board.[citation needed] Many students and teachers use the videos to supplement their courses and review for the exam.[citation needed] Meyer often responds to viewers questions concerning the AP World History exam, tweets about World History, and even answers questions before the exam.[citation needed] On May 9, November 22, and December 27, Green uploaded outtakes. The 13th episode of the series was featured in a Mashable article in July 2012.[11] The 31st episode of the series was featured in a Huffington Post article.[12] The series ended on November 9, 2012 after 42 episodes. There will be more World History Crash Course in season 3 [13]

Biology[edit]

Hank Green, co-creator of Crash Course and host of Biology, Ecology, and Chemistry

Hank Green's web-based biology program, Crash Course Biology, launched on January 30, 2012 with "That's Why Carbon Is a Tramp". A new episode aired on YouTube every Monday until October 22, 2012. A recurring segment on the program is titled "Biolo-graphy", in which Green relays a short biography of a person who is usually associated with the topic of the overall episode. For the benefit of uncertain viewers, Hank Green links YouTube annotations to every specific subtopic he explains in the video at the conclusion of the episode (the annotations replay the video starting from the particular annotation the viewer selects). On February 13, 2012, Hank Green uploaded "Office Hours: Water"[14] for the purpose of answering additional audience questions. On May 19, 2012, Green uploaded outtakes of the series. In July 2012, a Crash Course Biology episode discussing Comparative anatomy was featured on a Mashable article.[15] In the final episode, Green revealed that the successor series, Crash Course Ecology, would follow in the spirit of the Biology series.[16]

Ecology[edit]

As noted above, Hank's second course was Crash Course Ecology, following on from Biology. It premiered November 5, 2012, and ran for 12 episodes.

English Literature[edit]

John's second subject is English Literature, airing as a miniseries which premiered on November 15, 2012. Works that have been covered include Romeo and Juliet, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and Emily Dickinson's poetry. There have been two outtake episodes of Crash Course English Literature. Season 3 of Crash Course will include Literature.[17]

U.S. History[edit]

On the January 24, 2013 finale of Crash Course Literature, John Green announced that it would be followed by Crash Course U.S. History, beginning the following week on January 31, 2013 with "The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards". Following the series on World History, Green puts an emphasis on maintaining an open and non-Western view of American History. A new segment called 'Mystery Document' replaces the 'Open Letter'; Green takes a manuscript from the fireplace's secret compartment and reads it aloud, then must guess its author and the source work it is excerpted from. If he is incorrect, he is punished by a shock pen.

Crash Course U.S. History is also written by John Green's high school history teacher Raoul Meyer.

Chemistry[edit]

In January 2013, Hank Green announced he will soon begin releasing chemistry videos in the style of the biology and ecology series. He talked about the importance of chemistry to the world, and talked about the series in a brief 2 minute preview video.[18] This series premiered on February 11, 2013 and is filmed on a new custom-built set at their Missoula, Montana studio.[19]

Psychology[edit]

On January 3, 2014, Hank Green stated, "And if you're interested in psychology, which is a lot of what we were talking about in this video, I am pleased to announced that the next season of Crash Course, I will be doing Crash Course Psychology.[20]

Funding[edit]

The Crash Course YouTube channel was teased in December 2011,[21] and launched in January 2012 as one of the initial original, YouTube-funded channels.[22][23] In April 2013, John Green detailed that Crash Course was going through financial hardships.[24]

In July 2013, Hank Green expressed his frustration with the ways YouTube had been changing and controlling its website.[25][26]

Funds from Google eventually ran out, and shortly after Green's A Chat with YouTube video, the VlogBrothers decided to launch Subbable, a crowdfunding website where viewers can donate, monthly, to channels in return for perks. Donating is optional, as Hank Green stated, "We ascribe to the idealistic notion that audiences don't pay for things because they have to but because they care about the stuff that they love and want it to continue to grow."[27] Crash Course was the first series and channels to be offered on Subbable.[28]

Video release[edit]

DVD box sets of the complete run of each of the World History and Biology series were made available for pre-order on October 31, 2013.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crash Course". Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Pot, Justin (April 7, 2012). "Crash Course: Entertaining YouTube Courses On History & Biology". MakeUseOf. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet Two Brothers Who Bring Biology And History To Life". Fractus Learning. February 29, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Roetthers, Janko (February 16, 2012). "A first look at YouTube’s new TV stars". GigaOM. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Leib, Bart (March 23, 2012). "Scishow & Crash Course: Why Isn't School This Cool?". Wired. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Higgins, Chris (February 9, 2012). "John Green’s Crash Course in World History". mental_floss. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Green, John (January 26, 2012). "The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "crash course (and more)". January 26, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ Cicconet, Marcelo (April 7, 2013). "YouTube not just a site for entertainment, but education". Washington Square News. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Crash Course Mongols Shirt". DFTBA Records. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Tepper, Allegra (July 24, 2012). "These 10 Videos Turn Tough Topics Into Child's Play - 4. CrashCourse World History: Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar". Mashable. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "John Green's Crash Course In Latin American History Covers Everything You Need To Know (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. September 1, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ The Golden Bridge Didn't Collapse
  14. ^ Green, Hank (February 13, 2012). "Office Hours: Water". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ Tepper, Allegra (July 24, 2012). "These 10 Videos Turn Tough Topic Into Child's Play - 3. CrashCourse Biology: Comparative Anatomy". Mashable. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ Green, Hank. "Ecology - Rules for Living on Earth". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Golden Gate Bridge Didn't Collapse!"
  18. ^ Green, Hank (February 4, 2013). "Crash Course Chemistry Preview!". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ Green, Hank (December 21, 2012). "Meet the Team: The Missoula Office (And P4A and TheBrainScoop)". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ Green, Hank (January 3, 2014). "The Golden Gate Bridge Didn't Collapse!!". VlogBrothers. YouTube. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ Green, John (December 2, 2011). "Crash Course Preview". Crash Course. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ Gutelle, Sam (October 16, 2012). "Barack Obama Watches The Vlogbrothers". Tubefilter. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  23. ^ Roetthers, Janko (February 1, 2012). "Cool for school: Education is a big hit on YouTube". GigaOm. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ Gutelle, Sam (April 2, 2013). "John Green Talks ‘Crash Course’, ‘Hank Games’, And Hats In Reddit IamA". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ Gutelle, Sam (July 17, 2013). "Hank Green Is Pissed Off About YouTube’s Constant Changes". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  26. ^ Green, Hank (July 17, 2013). "A Chat with YouTube". hankschannel. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  27. ^ Eifler, Emily (August 20, 2013). "Crowdfunding Matures with a Lesson from Public Broadcasting". KQED. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ Gutelle, Sam (July 22, 2013). "Vlogbrothers Launch Subbable, A ‘Pay What You Want’ Video Platform". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ DFTBA Records (October 31, 2013). "Products by Crash Course". Retrieved November 1, 2013.