The latest issue of Hankyoreh 21, a Korean magazine, has a feature celebrating the 10th anniversary of YouTube. I was interviewed as part of the 13-page spread titled “YouTube Killed The TV Star”. Although a few facts were naturally lost in translation it was a ton of fun to speak with the reporter and share the excitement of being a full-time YouTuber.
The translator that helped during our interview actually asked for a photo with me afterwards because his kids are huge fans! Which was awesome.
Here’s the translation:
“YouTube Killed the TV Star”, featured an interview with Kevin Lieber, the creator of the Vsauce2, who is known for producing videos on scientific information. He would ask for instance, what the hottest pepper in the world is or create videos explaining scientific facts. Kevin made his first YouTube channel in 2006, using it as an outlet to post animation videos. In 2010, Vsauce creator Michael Stevens reached out to him about contributing to Vsauce with videos related to science and technology. Today, Vsauce currently has three channels with a total of 1.45 billion views. Kevin commented, “We have over 3.2 million viewers subscribed to our channel but the topic on science was a niche market when we first started,” adding, “We’ve realized how there was a need to talk about science and the things that people desire to learn on YouTube.” Kevin also stressed that unlike traditional television, the best part about using YouTube is that viewers can quickly and easily gain the information that they wish to find. He said, “It feels great when subscribers tell me that they were inspired to study biology or build a new robot after they watch my videos. The best part about being a creator on YouTube is how much influence we have in our society.”