Citation Needed

Someone made a very good point on my B is for Black Lives Matter video. Essentially that I hadn’t provided links to the studies, papers, or stories that I was working from in my video. I’ve since link-dumped in the description of the video along with some further reading for those interested.

I think this a good point to comment on my attitude towards citations. I do not need to provide evidence for my opinions; I will not be retroactively including links in A is for Abortion or E is for Equality, because those videos are mostly my opinion rather than a ton of facts being dropped. A chunk of C is for Cultural Appropriation is a list of things that the British have invented in the last few centuries, but this is pulled straight from Wikipedia and fact-checked with a quick Google search. I’m not citing Wikipedia, because I don’t see the necessity.

On the other hand, if I talk about an article or similar as the crux of a video, I’ll make sure to cite my sources in future.

Quick Update

Two things. First and foremost, the next video will be up tomorrow. It’s going to be B for Black Lives Matter, so expect some choice language and painful facts.

Second, I’ve finally settled on my full 26-video run. I had a little trouble with Q, U, and X. Still not completely happy with my choice for X, but I figure if I work in order, I’ve got a good 10 weeks or so to reconsider.

That’s all, I’m out.

Where I Came From

Truth be told, this isn’t the way I’d originally planned to do this.

I had every intention of saying everything I wanted to say with my real face and name plastered all over it. At the end of the day, I’d happily share any of the opinions I will in blogs, or tweets, or videos in person, so why wouldn’t I put my name and face beside everything I release? It’s actually quite simple– employability.

I had a job interview the other week for a media company, and they insisted that I hand over my handles for the usual laundry list of social media accounts. In the past, I’d always either handed them over or pointed out that they were private, but this wouldn’t fly here. I’d recently been very vocal regarding Trump, Brexit, BLM, etc on Twitter. The friend who got me the interview had a very particular political bent, and it was pretty obvious from the get-go that it was shared more or less wholesale in this office. Now, I don’t much care what people’s political opinions are in the sense that I like a good debate and don’t generally dismiss people out of hand, but I could see then that we were going to have a problem.

I bumbled about not being able to remember my handle and said I’d fire it over when I got home. Of course, I didn’t for a moment consider the “I don’t have Twitter” line, going instead with idiot-who-thinks-I-don’t-know-he-has-a-smartphone. I’d already gotten the new follower notification on the way home and hadn’t had chance to sanitise my profile in the intervening minutes. Nonetheless, I went full scorched earth and removed anything that could be viewed as inflammatory. I did not get the job.

Having already cleaned shop, I decided that I needed an alter ego…