YouTube Video Essays

For the last few weeks, I have been working on a new project creating YouTube video essays. The essays are all derived from existing and hopefully soon new content of my blog New Intrigue. They will cover a range of topics but generally focus on philosophy and literature.

The process for creating the video essays has been surprisingly simple.

It goes as follows. Whenever I get interested in a particular topic in my private life, I will read a few books and/or see a film on the topic, and then convert that into a summary of my opinion and a critique of that school of thought / book / philosophy. This process will hopefully push my own thinking on the topic further than it otherwise would go and may be of use to other people as a result.

I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the focus of these essays. I have centered on a narrower focus on philosophy and literature. I think going forward, this might help give my blog a clearer direction. Honing in on philosophy and literature seems to be a great angle, because it will allow me to stay focused while still having the breadth and variety that I tend to enjoy. It will also create a neater distinction between my working life and private life, which I think I prefer at the moment.

After the chaos of last year, which has affected everyone in different ways, I think it’s really important that we all try to give back to other people. I know so many people in a state of crisis, who are really struggling, and so I’m trying my best to think of new ways of helping people and facilitating a calmer experience of the world.

Instead of the usual high energy, intensity of YouTube videos (and to a lesser extent, other YouTube video essays), I’m trying to make videos that are a bit calmer and give room for thought and introspection. I like the idea of creating a quiet place on the internet for down time, in between all of the noise. I know that this is a difficult task in its own right, for to some extent, it’s going against the imperatives of the medium.

Having said as much, I am new to the medium of YouTube video essays and have a lot to learn. Currently, I am working on improving my recording quality and optimizing my microphone’s sound quality. Hopefully, this will mean a cleaner, clearer sound in future videos.

I always appreciate feedback and comments so let me know what you think about the project!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter where I post the videos. Click the link here:

Here are the YouTube Video essays I have done so far. In order, they are on the writer Haruki Murakami, the philosophical movement of 19th Century German Romanticism and the Korean-born German philosopher Byung-Chul Han: