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John Green - DFTBA
Transcript of John Green - DFTBA
Another peculiarity about American Culture is that, with such a range of cultures, many Americans identify with multiple cultures, sometimes even renouncing the one they were born into. The accessibility of the internet has greatly added to this mixing of cultures, uniting Americans with each other, as well as the rest of the world. John Green is an American Hero. John Green is the author of many acclaimed Young Adult Novels, such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, and An Abundance of Katherines. He and his brother, Hank, are also very successful on YouTube, making both entertaining and educational videos. Crash Course: World History Last year, I was studying for the AP World History test. My brother introduced me to this series. Though I can't give it credit for my good grade, I can say that Crash Course made studying much less stressful, and much more interesting. The following is the first episode, released in January of last year. (Also, starting next week, he begins Crash Course: American History). Vlogbrothers Videos 2005 to Present On Writing, Reading, and People I've never been much of a fan of Young Adult Fiction, nor do I ever plan to write it. John Green's books, however, are amazing. They are all Young Adult, but they are deeper than that. Most reach out to all audiences. In fact, The Fault in Our Stars was named TIME Magazine's number one novel of 2012.
It's very inspiring for me to watch John Green's videos, see him as a normal human being, and then read his books. It reminds me that authors are just normal people, (unless you're Edgar Allan Poe). With this in mind, the daunting-task-of-one-day-maybe-writing-a-novel-if-I-have-enough-time-and-money becomes possible. John and Hank: Vlogbrothers Don't Forget To Be Awesome This is an entirely random and pointless graph. A project about John Green, American Hero On January First, 2007, Hank Green uploaded a video to YouTube insisting that he and his brother have no textual contact until the next year. Instead, they pledged to upload vlogs, or video blogs, communicating with each other. They upheld this promise for a whole year, gaining in the meantime a rather large fan base of self professed "Nerd Fighters." Since then they have expanded the content of their videos. To be an American hero, you have to be more than successful. You have to be accessible, and you have to do good for those around you. In these vlogs, John becomes for many, not a distant author, but a mentor.
In the following video, among many things, John explains the Project for Awesome, an event where money is raised for various charities, and YouTube becomes for a day at least not a place for videos of cats falling down stairs, but a place for reaching out to the hurting and bettering the World. As John and Hank put it, it helps to "Decrease Worldsuck." This video shows John discussing the 'secret project,' which soon grew into the Project for Awesome. He also answers some interesting questions. John's first book, Looking For Alaska is published. An Abundance of Katherines is published. 2007: Vlogbrothers YouTube Channel is created.
2008: Paper Towns is published, and the Vlogbrothers
'pwn' Oprah. 2010: Will Grayson, Will Grayson is published, and John's first child, Henry, is born. 2012: The Fault in Our Stars is published John and Hank perform An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall. The Vlogbrothers channel, along with others, has created an internet community of teenagers devoted to being 'Nerdfighters.' Though John Green is not as well known as many celebrities, and therefore not a universal 'American Hero,' he is a hero to this community, and he therefore qualifies as an American Hero. Being an American Hero, however, is not only about being well known and respected in a community or culture. You have to be able to inspire people. Green does this in more than one way. He is a successful writer, which in itself is very inspiring to aspiring writers, as the field can be so difficult. He uses YouTube to educate, which not only brings knowledge, but also gives many a sense of security in the fact that it's okay to care about learning. Most importantly, however, John Green gives. Not only does he educate and give advice to his fan base, but he makes a point to reach out and use his pseudo-fame to better the world. Very early on in Vlogbrothers, John and Hank heard that two Nerdfighters had never been to a concert. They started the "Foundation to Decrease WorldSuck" as a way to raise money to send these two girls to a concert, and help others with similar needs. It soon became clear, however, that the Foundation should focus on more important things than concert tickets. Since then the Foundation has grown exponentially, branching out into many other smaller projects, such as the annual Project for Awesome. Sorry about the length. You don't have to watch all of the videos. Especially the DFTBA one. Don't Forget To Be Awesome, or DFTBA, is the signature phrase of John and Hank Green. (This is Hank Green, John's brother.) He doesn't use foul language. He is obviously taking about the structures built by beavers and Depression Era Americans.