David Jackson

YouTube Highlight – In A Heartbeat

This week I bring you a stunning short film about love, peer pressure and hope. The short animation, created by college students Beth David and Esteban Bravo, sees one closeted boy trying to hide this crush on another boy despite his heart bursting out and chasing the other boy. The first thing that strikes me is the music, which is very emotive and touching throughout. It works to convey the mood...

Do I Have ASMR?

In this article, I’m looking into something that has become a genre in its own on YouTube in recent years and that is ASMR, which is explored in this video from AmazingPhil. ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, is an experience of a static-like or tingling sensation that flows down the body – starting at the scalp – and is triggered by whispering and soft tones, sounds and visuals ...

#DAPGOOSE – The Dan and Phil Go Outside On Stage Event

YouTube is big now. No one can deny that. Its commercialisation has meant a select group of youtubers have made it work, sustained a living from it and gained celebrity status. One duo is Dan Howell and Phil Lester, who are probably amongst the longest running youtubers who have been propelled to stardom. First came a radio show on Radio 1 and now world tours, book deals and a film elusively avail...

Donald Trump Lies Uncovered! Presidential Debate 2016

The time has finally arrived! The run up to the US Presidential Election has started and somehow beyond any sense of credibility Mr Trump is running for president. This video from Riyadh K discusses the recent first election debate, adding a very welcome comedy outlook on the proceeding. As Riyadh and various examples over the last months have shown, Trump is liar and manipulator. Saying what he t...

Cityscape Vs Landscape: Hong Kong by Alex Barnes

This weeks YouTube Highlight Cityscape Vs Landscape: Hong Kong comes from Alex Barnes, a British YouTuber currently working in Hong Kong, showcasing the landscapes via the drone technology. The video is very beautiful and well produced showing how the use of a drone can help achieve shots that were once only able to do be done by professional studios. It shows how far YouTube and its creator have ...

My Suicide Attempt: Six Years Later

So it’s been a while, but I’m back! For me, what I think makes YouTube is the truthful videos around tough emotional and mental health issues that can often help to connect people and make them feel understood. This time I’m talking of Cole Ledford’s video about this suicide attempt six year ago. As you would expect this must have been a hard video to make and watch. Hearing him describe how he fe...

Youtube Highlight – Why I Don’t Show My Boyfriend

From the evolution of reality and its transition onto YouTube through vlogs, daily vlogging, coming out stories and social issues led videos, the question of how much info is too much has been raised. This video from Jimmy Hill aka Jimmy0010, has been discussing why he doesn’t show his boyfriend, who he has been in a relationship for several years, in his videos, despite numerous requests from fan...

Top 10 LGBT Moments Of 2015

So here we are in 2016 and a return for this series. To start of the new year I present a video from couple Trent Owens and Luke Shayler. Featuring several other LGBT youtubers including Miles J, Jack Merridew, Shane Bitney Crone, Steve Grand, Michael Rizzi and Kristina Kumar, they count down the top 10 LGBT events of last year. The list includes various events ranging from the brilliant to the sw...

Time Travel in Doctor Who (Spoilers)

So it’s back! Doctor Who has returned for Series 9 with a great opening two-parter. Given the time travel questions that arose in the episodes, I thought it would be good to talk about how time travel is conceived in the show. At the beginning of The Magician’s Nephew, the Doctor comes to a rescue a boy on a battle torn planet, only to discover that his name is Davros, the person destined to creat...

Gay Jehovah’s Witness

The LGBT+ community and religion have never been good bedfellows in the past, well they’ve never been any kind of bedfellows really. But what is it like to grow up in a religious environment and be LGBT+? In this video, from YouTube couple V-Squared aka Vinny and Luke Vaillancourt, sees Luke talk about his experience of growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness while being gay. To be in this situation, es...

Septem – by Chewing Sand

This is the latest film from youtuber Hazel Hayes aka ChewingSand, which is an intriguing and interesting concept. The video starts with seven people around a table and none of them are allowed to live the room unless someone takes a pill that will kill them, but if no one takes the pill everyone dies. This is a great idea and work really well to allow the characters to be explored. This Black Mir...

Youtube Highlight – 10 Years Of New Who

Thursday 26th March saw the 10th anniversary of the début of the reincarnated version of Doctor Who with the episode Rose. And today’s highlight comes from Luke Spillane who is a YouTuber known for his fandom and discussion of Doctor Who on his channel. In this video he reflects upon his memories of when the show returned. Recalling how excited he was at seeing the show that he had become a fan of...

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