Karen L. Cox says historians shouldn’t be afraid to embrace YouTube to reach millennialsHistorians in the News
tags: Millennials, Karen L Cox, YouTube
You can learn just about anything on YouTube. There are thousands of “how-to” videos for fixing things in your house, setting up the Bluetooth in your car, or solving complicated math problems.
There is also a lot of historical content, some of it very well done and surprisingly popular. Well, surprising to me, but probably not the generation who has grown up looking for short-cuts to history lessons, which is why historians like me should be involved in their creation by providing reliable content and expertise. Very recently, I did just that.
A video producer named Coleman Lowndes contacted me and asked me to Skype with him and talk about the “Lost Cause.” It’s a term that I often have to explain to students and even public audiences. That interview, along with one given by historian Kevin Levin, were then incorporated into the video Lowndes produced for Vox, an online news media outlet that reaches a large millennial audience.
Here is the end result:
Now, while I might take issue with the title, the content was spot on. And entertaining. It’s also not a lecture, although many of those exist online, too. At least one lecture I found had been viewed over 400,00 times. Not bad at all. But the video above? It’s closing in on one million views. ONE MILLION.
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