We really can’t get started on Fame Day without giving a shout-out to the youth of France, who have turned out en masse over the past couple days in protest of the forcible deportation of a Roma student who was taken from a school bus in the middle of a field trip. These students have been actively calling for the resignation of the popular anti-Roma Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, to resign, and since the beginning of the protests, French President Hollande has caved to the protest and declared that the formerly expelled Roma student will be allowed to return to school.
For all the flak I give France for their issues with bigotry and Islamophobia, I really have to tip my hat to these students. These are high schoolers coming out across the country to demand justice from their government, and lo and behold, they got responded to (in a way that didn’t exclusively involve tear gas). This took some guts and ingenuity I wish the youth in the US had- I don’t know the last time high schoolers protested independently on any issue (since the 70s, at least), and I really wish the same tradition of dissidence existed over here as it does in other countries.
But let’s move on to the star of the day:
I don’t recall exactly how I first stumbled onto Nate’s Vlogs, but ever since I first discovered his weekly YouTube videos a few months ago, I’ve been a devoted fan. Nate Fisher, the videos creator, covers a fairly wide range of topics, ranging from personal advice to movie reviews, however, his most popular feature by far is his weekly installment of his “Employee Evaluations.”
Styling himself as a company executive, Nate offers “evaluations” to various internet videos (or rather, the insane people in them). While most of the time they’re simply dry-humor observations (in fact, these are the closest thing I’ve seen to non-British British humor), most everything Nate points out is based off of some extremely common sense view of the situation.
Granted, Nate is nothing if not raw, but as someone who is working a social services job, I can’t even begin to describe how cathartic it is to see Nate eloquently and savagely take down the kind of self-absorbed and entitled people who make up the toughest part of my job. Anyone who has had to grin and bear it- retail and customer service people, I’m looking at you- is gonna be able to relate.
On a separate level, you gotta respect just what an entertaining storyteller Nate is. I mean, he’s doing nothing but talking straight into a webcam for most of his videos, but he’s still engaging enough to seize your attention and keep it. Solely from a technical standpoint, you have to give this guy credit.
And that’s really all there is to it- solidly written pieces with great delivery and a common sense standpoint. These days, just finding someone who can offer degree of consistency seems to be rarity- when that’s combined with a worthwhile message, you really have to appreciate it (though again, it’s certainly not for the easily offended).
So check ‘im out, and if you like what you see, subscribe. Nate’s got a lot (and I mean a lot) out there, and it deserves some attention.