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Jubilee Media is a company that, in its own words, "exists to create a movement of changemakers for human good". Jubilee has a YouTube channel on which they create and produce videos and video series involving exploration of human interaction and empathy, often challenging the boundaries of conventional labels and identities.


Their videos contain the following tropes:

  • Blind Date:
    • Each episode of the series Tea for Two involves a blind date, in which two strangers meet, share tea and ask each other the New York Times' series of "36 Questions That Lead to Love".
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    • Some of the dating episodes from the series Versus 1 involve one person speed-dating (and selecting from) numerous potential love interests with a curtain in-between.
    • The series First Sight has two blindfolded people simulating the stages of a romantic relationship in reverse (a wedding, then cuddling/intimacy, a first kiss, a restaurant date, and finally seeing each other for the first time.)
  • Both Sides Have a Point: A staple of their series Middle Ground, which involves three people from each of two demographics or identities that fall on either side of a traditional conflict. A series of statements is read out, with all six participants directed to indicate (and discuss) their agreement or disagreement with each statement. Jubilee makes a point of never taking sides.
  • Love Confession: In the series The Leap, participants are encouraged to call their crush to ask if they can be more than friends.
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  • The Mole: The point of the series Odd Man Out. Seven participants claim to either belong to a certain identity or subscribe to a certain philosophy (Beyonce fan, Christian, vegan etc.), but one of the seven is lying. In successive rounds, the group has to discuss the issue at hand to try to unmask the mole, and vote him/her out of the group. Whichever party wins (the mole or the other six) is awarded a cash prize.
  • The Power of Friendship: They sometimes try to invoke this in series such as Middle Ground by inviting the participants to share pizza or beer together.
  • Prisoner's Dilemma: The series Human Theory presents a version of this, in which two groups of people agree to choose a colour (red or blue), revealing their choices simultaneously. Each group receives a small cash prize if both choose blue, and nothing if both choose red, but should only one group choose red, that group receives a large cash prize and the other group nothing at all. This series tends to zigzag between Hobbes Was Right and Rousseau Was Right in the outcomes, although the latter less frequently, as it often only takes one selfish/distrustful participant to thwart a mutually beneficial result.
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  • Speed Dating: Many episodes of Versus 1 involve one person speed-dating numerous potential matches in a variety of circumstances, some of which involve not seeing the dating partners until he/she has selected one and eliminated all the others.
  • Stereotype: Defied in the series Spectrum, episodes of which take the title form "Do all X think the same?", with X representing any of a wide range of demographics (race, sexuality, gender, belief, religion, behaviour etc.) Six members of the demographic in question stand in a line in the centre of a room and wait for relevant statements to be read out, after which each indicates his/her level of agreement or disagreement with the statement by moving to one side or the other, before discussing the statement. It is telling how often there is a spread of opinion among the group.

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