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Started in February 2012, The Idea Channel is a series of weekly videos supported by PBS
and hosted on YouTube
by Mike Rugetta. It examines the weird, wacky and fascinating connections between pop culture, technology and art. Basically, its philosophy is bite-sized form, facilitated by millions of references, gifs, funny pictures and an extreme
Every week introduces a new idea, ranging far in wide in topic and scope. For example, take the following video titles; "What Do Santa And Wrestling Have In Common?", "Is YouTube Making Us Smarter?" and "Is A DOS Attack A Weapon?" Each video also has a short minute or so section where a selection of comments are highlighted for further discussion.
Winner of two Webby awards in 2013, for Best Editing and Best Web Personality/Host. Can be found here
- April Fools' Day: "Is Vine The Future of Cinema?" Well, that and a helping of "Sarcasm Mode: The Episode".
- Blue and Orange Morality: Discussed about the Titan's supposed evilness.
- Breathless Non Sequitur
- Bullet Hell: Discussed on how it can be meditative in this video.
- Colour-Coded For Your Convenience: "The Experience of Being Trolled" has Red Shirted Mike, who talked about the topic of the video as it was originally written and Blue Shirted Mike, added in after the original filming, who realized that he didn't agree with what he wrote.
- Death of the Author: Discussed in regards to Neon Genesis Evangelion in "Does It Matter What Evangelion's Creator Says?".
- Insult Back Fire: After the Unboxing Video someone called him a Vsause wannabe. He took it as a compliment.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Mike often raises an eyebrow as he reads and responds to comments.
- More Dakka: Referenced word-for-word in the Bullet Hell video.
- Motor Mouth: Mike.
- One of Us: He has made videos on the topics of not only Dungeons & Dragons, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, but also on Homestuck and on Vocaloid.
- Reference Overdosed: Attempting to list every single piece of work this show has made reference to would probably make the wiki explode.
- Shout-Out: To TV Tropes itself during the Bullet Hell video.
: Generally you control a flying ship or warrior dodging an impossible onslaught, hundreds if not thousands of electricity orbs, energy spheres, lasers, bullets, and a crazy colorful assortment of fast-moving whatnot that TV Tropes collectively refers to as "dakka"
, for the sound that a machine gun makes. You know like, dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka—
- So Bad, It's Good: Invoked, as it's an offered explanation for the appeal of Horse eBooks.
- Very Special Episode: The description of "The Experience of Being Trolled", which concerns... yeah, labels this as such. It helps that partway though writing out the episode, Mike realized he didn't agree with what he wrote, leading to the above Colour-Coded For Your Convenience example.
- To clarify, Mike was originally trying to argue that trolling has an upside.
- Wham Line: A minor one, but "The Experience of Being Trolled" has one in the intro that takes what originally seemed like a regular episode and made it a tad more complicated:
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Discussed their examination of Ender’s Game.
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: "Does Twitch Plays Pokemon Give You Hope for Humanity?", given the reference material, is the first deliberate example this show has done.
As you've probably noticed, we usually like to wait
a little bit before saying anything, but the depth and volume
of the conversation surrounding Twitch Plays Pokémon
has been monumental
. People are talking about how it's meaningful and interesting and important, and so that
is what we
going to be talking about: the way that people are talking about Twitch Plays Pokémon