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Natalie Wynn (ContraPoints) and Olly Thorn (Philosophy Tube) are the Philosopher Queen and King of YouTube. If you ever feel that YouTube would be better off burnt to the ground then these channels are among the best arguments for sparing it.*

Seriously though, pay attention to their content warnings! Some of their stuff can cut quite deep.

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Infobox: How to watch ContraPoints

  1. Subscribe and press the notification bell.
  2. Get ridiculously overexcited when a new video is uploaded.
  3. Watch it straight away and don’t worry if it mostly goes over your head. Always remember that Natalie is way smarter than you are. Just try to get a general idea of what the subject is, which characters are taking which positions (if the video has multiple characters) and, if possible, what some of the points of contention are.
  4. Wait a few days for the subtitles to become available. Now watch the video again slowly and carefully. Pause and replay as required. Use subtitles to work out any unfamiliar terms and use Google or Wikipedia to research context. Pay attention to small details. If something is on screen then trust that there is a reason for that. Take this seriously but not so seriously that you can’t enjoy the jokes.
  5. Let it sit in your mind for a while and then rewatch to pick up anything you missed and just to appreciate the overall awesomeness.

Also, do not try to binge-watch ContraPoints. That will break your brain! Watch the back catalogue one video at a time with a decent break in-between to think things over.


* – Of course, if you disagree then Olly knows an Arsonist…

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August 17, 2019. Media Picks.

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