Reddit’s New YouTube Series Explain Like I’m Five

Reddit has launched a video series on YouTube based on a popular subreddit entitled “Explain Like I’m Five.” Reddit calls itself “the front page of the Internet” and it’s memes spread across the web faster than you can say grumpy cat.  The subreddit attempts to explain complicated ideas in an understandable way, much like you would explain something to a child.  For example the topics of the videos are: the stock market, existentialism and the current state of Syria.

The series starts off with three videos of two adults explaining aforementioned topics to children and were funded by YouTube in efforts to gain more unique user generated content. Reddit general manager Erik Martin told the Hollywood Reporter, “For us, it’s more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers, and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows … based on Reddit content.” Martin said more videos will be made out of other subreddits as well.

The videos are an experiment for Reddit to see if answers from the forum actually make sense to five year olds and although the subreddit was geared towards adult readers it now features real five year old kids.  Just like an actual Reddit thread, the kids get to ask questions and comment throughout the discussion. From what I’ve seen, these videos are going to help out quite a bit of adults who need the “Explain like I’m Five” learning method. Maybe it’ll become something like “Hooked on Phonics.”

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