Why Cartoons Make Great Satire
Will Schoder
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  • Will Schoder
    Will Schoder

    Happy holidays friends. If you want to get reading recommendations every week, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter: bit.ly/2dDYX9W. Have a great new year. Grateful for you all, keep bangin' on your drum.

    • Jerry Gorge
      Jerry Gorge

      Just saying, I LOVE your videos, you have a highly intelligent view on comedy

    • Mr Miyagi
      Mr Miyagi

      Your videos are so good i love the philosophy you use and varied points of view. I like how you manage to deconstruct the world around us but not to show off or just get views but to create a powerful positive message that you can share with the world. You seem a very genuine talented creator making something you enjoy rather than someone who only wants success for the sake of success. Your first rick and morty video felt inspired and really struck a cord with me but tbf all your content is very good. Hope you can make a living from this and hope to see more amazing content.

    • Pim Visschers
      Pim Visschers

      Will Schoder Hey Will, just subscribed to your list, very interested to see what pops up. If I may, since it's my birthday tomorrow: What book/books make you go "you have to fucking read that"? I'd appreciate it greatly. Feel free to email me, and all the best to you in 2018! Pim

    • GeudBuey

      Happy Holidays! Love your videos, always look forward to new ones!

    • Sean MegaByte
      Sean MegaByte

      Happy holidays man . Always good to see a video from you.

  • kobby

    Saturday night live uses satire in every episode I've watched

  • yeboitroy

    “The simpsons in South Park” lol.

  • Cornell Waters
    Cornell Waters

    Thank You 😉

  • SpyMonkey3D

    What's wrong with nihilism, though ? It's really not that harsh of an idea, it says "life has no meaning" objectively, and that's basically it. It doesn't mean you need to be a dick, or that you should kill yourself, gee, it doesn't even stop you from acknowledging that "need for meaning" that seems to permeate human society, and it certainly doesn't stop you from having empathy. The difference is that now, you can choose that meaning. (Tbh, I really think you can't be free if you aren't a nihilist, because if you follow "meaning", you're basically following what someone else determined was "meaningful")

  • Dan Hickory
    Dan Hickory

    D A R I A I S G O D

  • Steele Hansen
    Steele Hansen

    Is Will Scoder a philosopher of the 21st century?? I think so!!

  • John Wisniewski
    John Wisniewski

    Interesting and thought provoking

  • Basil Umeh
    Basil Umeh

    Such high quality videos, this channel is phenomenal

  • Cameron

    What show is that 1:26

    • Enimo

      Probably American Dad

  • David Umstattd
    David Umstattd

    The gab between rhetoric and practice is the smallest in the US. But that won’t stop the left coast from trying to convince us that we are miserable

  • uhadme

    you are the great american joke, idiots that are all talk and no action. waste of life drain on society. thanks for the great advice. you must be a billionaire and perfect person.

  • frootloop edibles
    frootloop edibles

    Will Schoder. The judges looooved your video, but your thumnail gave you a thumbs down. I'm sorry my dear but you are up for elimination.

  • Et Cogito Ergo Sum
    Et Cogito Ergo Sum

    America is the continent, americans are all who we live here, bro

  • Jamal Vargas
    Jamal Vargas

    I didn't like when oblongs and mission hill got the axe thank goodness they're keeping some of my favorites alive like power rangers and simpsons

  • SamWallace Art
    SamWallace Art

    Y’know what’s great about animated satires? They only use generic inspirational background music for small amounts of time.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      This is spicy

  • Don Leibold
    Don Leibold

    Great video! Do you have one in the works that details the tools in the satirist's toolbox (at 1:13)? Thanks!

  • Backyard Stranger
    Backyard Stranger

    Cartoons are forever.

  • Jacob Dominguez
    Jacob Dominguez

    Great video 👍

  • Some Guy
    Some Guy

    Awesome channel, congrats.

  • Jay Little
    Jay Little

    The popularity of satire is rooted in the creators cool detachment from the subject. From that perspective, they cannot be questioned because they undermine the authority of anyone who would question them. What’s desperately needed is a willingness to put forth a new set of ideals that better reflect what we actually think is important in life beyond eating, having sex, making money and sleeping. If the kind of mind that tears down ideals submits their own ideals to the same slings and arrows of satire, what sort of positive contribution is possible?

  • Pat Williams Studios
    Pat Williams Studios

    Cartoons definitely compliment satire! Not necessarily a cartoon but we used a cartoon filter for this skit of Kim and Trump and it helps convey the satire it-my.com/watchvideo/video-IVIuK96iXDE.html

  • Max Bailey
    Max Bailey

    That South Park clip perfectly reflects 2018 gun politics

  • Marta

    I like some things about these shows, but I always feel a huge sense of alienation from them. I'm a lesbian, and a lot of media like this has so many jokes about gay people, it just makes me weary and tired. It wouldn't be that bad, but after a lifetime of seeing the same jokes directed at me and my friends, it's just hard to watch, even if it has other interesting material and ideas in it.

  • Christopher Leavitt
    Christopher Leavitt

    is there a transcript of this somewhere?

  • Harry's Haunted House
    Harry's Haunted House

    How the HELL does this video only have 28k views?! What a fantastic video - again! Your content is always worth the wait buddy, keep up the good work - I've always wondered why I love cartoons so much.

  • TheChaserTV

    Wow, great stuff man. Your point about society overlooking nuance is so true. Everything has to be deemed black or white, either offensive or socially constructive.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks, Chaser! The nuance thing is really bothering me. There's a lot more to finding truth than framing things as good and bad. I appreciate the comment.

  • Adam Scicluna
    Adam Scicluna

    Hey Will, I want to get into making video essays. But right now my plan to write one consists of watching your videos and getting pissed off because I'm not that good yet. Any hints on how to start out?

    • Adam Scicluna
      Adam Scicluna

      Thanks so much Will, somehow you managed to help in the exact way that I needed. I'll definitely send you an email some time for some advice next time I get stuck. Again thanks so much, I can't wait to see what you put out next.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Hey Adam, thanks for the nice comment! In terms of creating video essays, getting over the initial hump is the hardest part. It is a very involved medium, as I’m sure you’ve already discovered. It’s cliche advice, but it’s just a fact: the only way to get good is to sit down and get grinding on it. Don’t worry if you can’t meet certain quality standards immediately. You’ll get better. That’s what IT-my is all about. People will connect with you and watch as you get better. They like that! They want to see you improve as a writer, speaker, and editor. My way is by no means the best way, but I'll tell you what I do for visual planning. Two things mainly: 1. I'll read and re-read a paragraph and let my mind visualize it. 2. Then ask, does that visualization A. actually work with the script?, B. seem aesthetically pleasing? and C. flow with the rest of the video? If the visualization passes through all the filters, then I figure out how it can be put into an editing program. If it is outside my editing/photoshop abilities, I'll take the extra time to teach myself how to do it. I always think it's worth it (IT-my Tutorials are really great for this). I don't storyboard because the editing process is truly a process, and mapping it out would make it too absolute. The editing part is the creative part. Again, my advice to upstart video essayists is always just to start making the thing. Once you begin to learn the language of editing, you’ll be able to point out in professional videos how someone did something. Go through the backlog of your favorite video essayists and ask yourself how they did all the editing stuff. It will take time, but you’ll figure it out, and eventually, it will become second nature. For now, don’t measure yourself against others. Just try to wake up everyday having gotten better and keep beating your best work. If you have any other questions, shoot me an email: willschoder@gmail.com. Oh, and most importantly, choose topics that you love! The audience won’t care if you don’t. Good luck, Adam!!!

  • somika87

    Hats off to you man, great video

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks somika, I appreciate that. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Isaac Franco
    Isaac Franco

    Dude I love your videos, and Id love to see one on Jordan B Peterson

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Isaac, I appreciate that. I am a fan of JBP, though I cannot be considered a devout follower like many on the platform. I'll put him on the list, but figure I can't do anything until I read his books.

  • PlexyPanda

    Excellent video essay! :)

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you Plexy, thank you very much

  • flamshiz

    1.25x makes this watchable

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      You're right!

  • Victor Ong
    Victor Ong

    Your contents never disappoint

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Victor -- and thanks for commenting

  • Adrian Dezendegui
    Adrian Dezendegui

    Ugh why use late season Simpsons, you could have used the ahead of its time Duckman.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      The peril of availability.

  • Gabriel Wagnitz
    Gabriel Wagnitz

    I'm really reluctant to post on youtube comments but I just reallized I can't let this one pass: I'm a college student in Brazil and I really wish I had the money to become a Patreon to this channel. I watched all the videos, some more than once (the BoJack one is my favorite), and every time I watch I feel that I learned something about the world, about people and about myself. I'm saying I'd really like to be able to be a Patreon (I hope to get some income really soon) because I saw there that Will wants to make this a full time job and I can objectively say that my live would be better off with this. Thank you for your videos, Will.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Gabriel, I really appreciate the comment. You've stated the goals of the channel within your comment, so that's awesome. It's great to hear that this channel has made you better off as a person. Thank you, my friend. I really appreciate it.

  • Brian Freedman
    Brian Freedman

    Will, this was incredibly well done. Keep up the amazing work. Happy New Year.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Brian, I really appreciate that! Happy New Year to you too.

  • Andreas

    Great video man, so good. Keep it up :)

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Ingame!

  • Guilherme Rodrigues
    Guilherme Rodrigues

    What a fucking brillant video

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Mark Bryant
    Mark Bryant

    Almost upvoted this video until John Oliver was shown during the "satire at its best" bit. Seriously? The entire premise of his show is that a whiny British guy whines and the audience is an echo-chamber so they cheer. Oliver is satire at its worst, satire on accident.

  • Andres Simonian
    Andres Simonian

    Awesome video man

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Andres!

  • Old Books at Midnight
    Old Books at Midnight

    the background music is so calming

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      I'm just trying to get more people to sleep through my videos.

  • mrwan54

    woo he's back! have a nice year

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      I'm back! Big year ahead. Have a good one my friend.

  • Luuk

    I still convinced you are one of the best IT-my channels out here today

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Hey thanks Quieper, I appreciate that. I'm glad you're a fan of my stuff.

  • Spencer Kraynik
    Spencer Kraynik

    I’ve often thought about the unrealistic standard of American Idealism sets for Americans, and how our politicians espouse idealistic policies but act out of accordance with these ideals, defaulting to money and corruption instead.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      One of satire's jobs is to look for that gap and point of the corruption right in front of us. I'd say it does a better job on some weeks than others.

  • AlaskaBoyAlex

    I absolutely love your stuff man! I really hope you keep it up; I would definitely support a pratreon edit: the way you broadly explore a theme about media instead of exploring a single show or trope is surprisingly informative and very intriguing!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks my friend, that's one of the goals of the channel--to look at thing a little more broadly.

  • TalkThisOut

    Good job broski!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you, brohan

  • Pelé Gouda
    Pelé Gouda

    Sponsored by squarespace! Way to go, Will!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Yea baby!! Woohoo

  • Meghan McDonald
    Meghan McDonald

    Enjoyed this!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Meghan, glad you like it.

  • Cristian

    It bothers me how you pronounce Vonnegut. Still a great video.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Van-gut! Van-yup! Van-yoot! How would you pronounce it?!

  • Elena Apostu
    Elena Apostu

    This channel is amazingly great!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Elena, I appreciate that.

  • Just WOW
    Just WOW

    Good shit mate

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Just Wow, I appreciate it!

  • Morgan Bradford
    Morgan Bradford

    Goddamn your video essays are some of the most well written and complete out there. Everything is relevant and you never drift too far off topic. I know you don't post often but quality over quantity all the way

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Yea baby! Quality over quantity to the MAX!!!!!

  • Barfing Chicken
    Barfing Chicken

    I think it works well because it says what people are afraid to.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Totally agree

  • Philip Q
    Philip Q

    Yea that video is a nice sauce

    • Philip Q
      Philip Q

      Thanks Will! I'd like to be a patron once I get a job. I especially like the Mr. Rodgers video. It inspired me to buy "Thankyou for Arguing". That book, like your video, was a nice sauce.

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  • Jason Anderson
    Jason Anderson

    I've been watching your videos for a few months now and I've loved everything you put out. Regardless of the topic, it's the thought that you put into everything and the questions you raise even if there aren't always answers.. that's what I love. Keep up the great work

  • Bálint Polgár
    Bálint Polgár

    I finally got the joke about Diane being an "Asian Daria"

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      There it is!!

  • The Friend of Many Squirrels
    The Friend of Many Squirrels

    This deserves a million views

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      That's some serious flattery...one can only hope...

  • ImComing1

    Awesome video. Thanks for uploading.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.

  • Terrible Tallrus
    Terrible Tallrus

    This was an awesome video! Well analysed. I think using kids to reveal problems is a great idea. We disarm ourselves when it comes to them. See them as innocent :)

  • moorsum

    A class man. Thank you.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you moorsum, I appreciate that.

  • Joey Bones
    Joey Bones

    not bad, good luck growing your channel

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks, I'm working on it

  • ToonrificTariq

    Woah, this video was outstanding!! Much love!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Tariq, I appreciate it. Much love to you

  • Like Stories of Old
    Like Stories of Old

    Thanks again for another great video Will! I'm going to show this to my dad because he still thinks South Park is childish even though I've consistently tried to argue that it's filled with meaningful social commentary

  • Etienne-Emile Antikatastaseis
    Etienne-Emile Antikatastaseis

    shieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. a new upload. nice.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      shieeeettttt, thanks for the comment

  • Eliza-Victoria Batrin
    Eliza-Victoria Batrin

    When somebody says to me that cartoons are just kids stuff, I can now point them towards this video. Thanks for bringing your view on this matter!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Yea, that's part of the reason I made it. Too many people still write off cartoon as childish. Quite the opposite in fact!

  • FirmOmelette

    Once again, a wonderful deconstruction of media. Thank you for these videos, they are some of my favorite things to watch.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you FirmOmelette, I appreciate that. Also, what a name you've got, I love it. Firm/Omelette bends the brain.

  • Guy

    Great Essay!

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Guy!


    Great video

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thanks Kartik, I appreciate it.

  • GeneralLund

    Amazing analysis as always Will. Always excited to see one of your videos pop up.

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      And I'm always happy to see your comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Little Evening
    Little Evening

    good video :)

    • Little Evening
      Little Evening

      XD me too man, it's coming

    • Will Schoder
      Will Schoder

      Thank you little evening. I hope one day in your future you have a big evening.

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