BookTubers And BookTube Relish The Brain

BookTubers And BookTube Relish The Brain

Don't touch that dial; this is the best part.

Readers are motivated by the thematic messages as well as the emotional, personal, political, and social feelings and thoughts books express. The paper mirrors allow us to see ourselves for who we are, who we aren't, and who we could be.

Reading is fundamental, emphasis on "fun" and "mental." The intersection of learning and enjoying is a process that is presented in the form of educational entertainment or the popular portmanteau, edutainment.

BookTube is edutainment that shows the love of reading through bookish banter and thoughtful consideration for the reading community. It's an extended book club that is more inclusive than a normal book club with an occupancy limit would allow.

Size isn't the issue however, it's the potential, pique, and perpetual curiosity BookTube brings. Viewers of BookTube are readers and each BookTuber has a different personality to meet the personality of the books they read.

Some BookTubers are more comedic than others while others take an open discussion approach. For BookTube, curiosity and information hangs in the balance. A reader who sees a parody of a book they read will get the sense of humor better than someone who has never read it.

Curiosity may remain but information is lost in translation. On the contrary, someone who read a book may be waiting for the punchline. The information is there but the curiosity is not humored or light on the mind.

To be curious is to be an open-minded individual with interests and to seek information is to be a focused intellectual with research. The problem with BookTube, and with edutainment, is that audiences are weighted in favor of entertaining or in favor of educating. A mixed audience who has the passion but also the necessity to learn is hard to please and provide for.

What is edutainment doing to strike the balance? Does entertainment provide little information or no information at all? Should education be strictly information-based or can education be entertaining?

Ariel Bissett is a Canadian BookTuber who asks these questions to learn the value of edutainment. Rather than her videos being exclusively Book Hauls (a purchase of more than one book at a time or a monthly subscription box of books) and Book Tags (Book related video responses requested by other BookTubers), her channel is organized into Writing, Book Discussions, and Book Reviews categories as well.

In her video below, she discusses the fine line between educating at the expense of entertaining and vice versa with scholarly research and fellow BookTubers.

After watching it, I found a new appreciation for the BookTube community. I had always thought of BookTubers as readers who forced, rather than made, reading fun. Then I found BookTubers who were more flexible, but not as comical as they were ironic, with their BookTube videos. Like the old adage goes, you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a BookTube channel by its videos.

Like any BookTuber, it's just like finding a good book to read. What a "good book" for you may not be "good" to me, and that's okay. Sometimes to find that one good book, it takes some reading between the lines, and in this case, lines of ones and zeros.

Cover Image Credit: Siniz Kim

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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