John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online
John Green - Writer
The author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns," John Green is a passionate online video maker. Full bio
by the General Drafting Company.
among cartography nerds,
of the Catskill Mountains,
if I just put it up here --
above Roscoe is Rockland, New York,
is the tiny town of Agloe, New York.
and your map of New York
on account of the shape of New York --
fake places onto their maps,
shows up on your map,
that you have robbed me.
of the two guys who made this map,
at the same exact intersection
in the middle of nowhere.
over at General Drafting.
Rand McNally, and they say,
We made Agloe, New York, up.
"No, no, no, no, Agloe is real."
to that intersection of two dirt roads --
there to be a place called Agloe --
called Agloe, New York.
two houses at its peak.
irresistible metaphor to a novelist,
that the stuff that we write down on paper
in which we're actually living,
is called "Paper Towns".
than the medium in which this happened,
shapes our maps of the world, right?
is obviously going to affect our maps.
interesting is the way
the world changes the world.
a different place if North were down.
a truly different place
on opposite sides of the map.
to show it in its actual size.
by our maps of the world.
our personal cartographic enterprise,
changes the life we lead.
secret-y Oprah's Angels network, like,
show you where you will go in your life,
that isn't on your personal map.
when I was a kid.
such a terrible student
was just a series of hurdles
in order to achieve adulthood.
to jump over these hurdles,
arbitrary, so I often wouldn't,
threaten me, you know,
"going on [my] permanent record,"
or twelve years old,
very early in the morning,
one of the first things they did
of clothing around their necks.
whatever they were.
twelve year-old imagination --
they do each morning,
over all of these hurdles
I went to this school,
a small boarding school,
because I found myself
and unspectacular response
and compelling problems.
because learning was cool.
are bigger than other infinite sets,
and why it sounds so good to human ears.
was a nationalizing conflict,
confused with causation --
on a literally daily basis.
most of them for my "job,"
upon some land, and thinking,
some more land to draw."
really began for me.
that didn't give up on me,
to have those teachers,
there was no reason to invest in me.
that I did in high school
inside the classroom,
outside of the classroom.
Winter Afternoons --
Of Cathedral Tunes --"
Emily Dickinson in school
when I was in high school,
and I had a crush on her,
what opportunity cost is,
Super Mario Kart on my couch,
Super Mario Kart?"
like, six hours?" and he said,
at Baskin-Robbins those six hours,
so in some ways,
to play Super Mario Kart."
of my life got better.
there was a lot I didn't know.
than other infinite sets,
the calculus behind that idea.
of diminishing returns.
learning as cartography,
as arbitrary hurdles
and that makes you want to see more.
at least some of the calculus
to another for college,
at a magazine called "Booklist,"
by astonishingly well-read people.
community, and it was miserable.
during this two-year period.
came to identify as Muslims,
how to make atomic bombs,
creating my own hurdles,
instead of feeling the excitement
a community of people
in the cartographic enterprise
and map the world around us.
just on the Internet.
a show called "The Show with Ze Frank,"
into being a community learner again.
in the middle of a huge, hot desert.
from somewhere else --
as my pig that flew.
that surrounds this place,
rebuilt here, away from their histories,
that experience them differently.
even the Sphinx got a nose job.
like you're missing anything.
as it does to everyone else.
means context allows for everything:
of the world's greatest achievements,
I noticed most of the buildings
the sun back into the desert.
of yourself embedded in a place,
nostalgic for the days
the pixels in online video.
he's also a brilliant community builder,
that built up around these videos
collaboratively, and we beat him.
on a road trip across the United States.
at one point on the Earth,
point of the Earth,
holding a piece of bread.
but they are also "learny" ideas,
communities like this all over the place.
complaining about calculus,
re-blogging those complaints,
is interesting and beautiful,
the problem that you find unsolvable.
and find sub-Reddits,
who are in these fields
communities of learners
right now are on YouTube,
the YouTube page resembles a classroom.
the world about physics:
is the last fundamental piece
to be discovered experimentally.
why was the Higgs boson
like electrons and photons and quarks,
back then in the 1970s?
is an excitation in the electron field,
which is an excitation
plays an integral role
helps explain why it's so weak.
in a later video,
confirmed in the 1980s, in the equations,
with the weak force, that until now
its actual and independent existence.
talking about World War I:
of course the assassination in Sarajevo
nationalist named Gavrilo Princip.
of the twentieth century began
wasn't particularly well-liked
now that is a mustache!
to issue an ultimatum to Serbia,
but not all, of Austria's demands,
war against Serbia.
with the Serbs, mobilized its army.
an alliance with Austria,
mobilized its own army,
cemented an alliance with the Ottomans,
because, you know, France.
and world history
to learn through YouTube.
in math class yet again,
the sums of infinite series.
but they somehow manage to ruin it anyway.
infinite series in the curriculum.
for distraction, you're doodling
the plural of "series" should be
"seriese," "seriesen," and "serii?"
changed: one "serie," or "serum,"
should be "shoop."
approaches one, is useful if, say,
baby elephant, dog-sized elephant,
down to Mr. Tusks and beyond.
of elephants in a line,
a single notebook page.
from "Smarter Every Day,"
of angular momentum,
Welcome back to "Smarter Every Day."
almost always land on their feet.
there's a very complex answer.
to feet-down in a falling reference frame,
of angular momentum?
of these videos have in common:
a million views on YouTube.
not in classrooms,
of the communities of learning
is like a classroom to me,
because here is the instructor --
here's the instructor,
are the students,
have a very bad reputation
for these channels,
the subject matter,
that are about the subject matter,
answering those questions.
that the page in which I'm talking to you
talking to you is on the exact same page
and active way in the conversation.
I get to participate with you.
whether it's world history,
or whatever it is.
and the sort of genres of the Internet
for intellectual engagement,
and other Internet conventions --
criticizing industrial capitalism:
the Good of humanity.
of savage, destructive nihilism."]
what she says ... yeah.
for a new generation of learners,
the kind of cartographic communities
and then again when I was in college.
to a community of learners,
to be a learner even in my adulthood,
is something reserved for the young.
that I didn't know before.
in the Enlightenment,
a part of that,
at Dorothy Parker's jokes."
exist, they still exist.
where old men fear to tread.
we invented Agloe, New York, in the 1960s,
we were just getting started.
About the speaker:John Green - Writer
The author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns," John Green is a passionate online video maker.
Why you should listen
In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload two videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 500 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video.
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