Why publishers are flocking to explainer videos

by Eric Blattberg
The world is complicated, and it’s increasingly being explained in video clips. In recent weeks, the “Vox Explains” video series broke down the Ebola outbreak, the 2014 midterm elections and the importance of flu shots. “Mashable Explains” videos tackled Uber, 4chan and stop-motion animation. Mental Floss videos addressed common food misconceptions, tortoises’ laggardly speed ...Read the full article

The 2014 midterms, explained in 8 bits

The 2014 midterm election is a particularly menacing level of Donkey Kong for Democrats. But 2016 isn't. Why? Ezra Klein explains. Subscribe to our channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=voxdotcom Vox.com is news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: youtube.com/voxdotcom/videos Follow Vox on Twitter: https://twitter.com/voxdotcom Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vox


Where Did Last Names Come From? - Big Questions (Ep. 8)

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, "Camryn Wiens" asks: "Where did last names come from ?" -- Mental Floss Video on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mf_video Select Images and Footage provided by Shutterstock: www.shutterstock.com Want more of Craig? https://www.youtube.com/wheezywaiter https://www.youtube.com/thegoodstuff ---- Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mentalflossma... Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: "YoutubeFlossers" for 15% off!)


Do political ads on TV actually work?

Political campaigns are flooding TVs across the US with 30-second ads designed to persuade voters. But do they even work? Subscribe to our channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=voxdotcom Vox.com is news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: youtube.com/voxdotcom/videos Follow Vox on Twitter: https://twitter.com/voxdotcom Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vox


The NFL's concussion crisis, explained

The concussion crisis in football is getting harder and harder to ignore. The sport is trying to change the rules to protect players, but danger could be too deep in its DNA. Further reading: PBS' great coverage of this issue: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/ Boston University's CTE Center: http://www.bu.edu/cte/about/what-is-cte/ League of Denial Q&A (sbnation) http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/10/9/4817818/league-of-denial-nfl-concussion-crisis-authors-interview-pbs-frontline "Does Football have a future?" (The New Yorker) http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/01/31/does-football-have-a-future Written by Joseph Stromberg Produced by Joss Fong, Joe Posner, Alex Hawley Images courtesy of Getty Images Video footage from: "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" (PBS FRONTLINE) http://video.pbs.org/video/2365093675/ "Casualties of the Gridiron" (GQ Magazine) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H203KkqimqI&list=PL0hKMB1-xkc-T3mmvkes9q1Y25otfMfTX#t=0 "Brett Favre on NFL, Concussions" (NBC Today show) http://www.today.com/news/brett-favre-nfl-concussions-toll-has-got-be-pretty-high-2D11603374 Fight Films Guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZc-5HBaWsk ClassicBoxingSociety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FEjWjB6UJc&list=UUJW2lNFwuVGIQkLcjY5vFiA FootzStomp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0_rXN5itlg Michael Boothe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB6oo7eQT20 James Taylor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qi9IdLSw9Q --- Subscribe to our channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=voxdotcom Vox.com is news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Follow Vox on Twitter: https://twitter.com/voxdotcom Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vox


Why Do Girls Dress Promiscuous On Halloween? [Gen whY] | Elite Daily

Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means: an abundance of promiscuous costumes! At some point over the course of our lives, our generation decided to transition Halloween from a holiday that was all about collecting candy to a holiday that's all about eye candy; from a holiday about screaming, "boo!" to screaming, "boobs!"; from a holiday about, well, you get the point... Today, we bring you the fifth episode of season two of Elite Daily’s original hit series, “Generation whY!?” Last episode focused on tips to avoid becoming a 'basic bitch,' and this week’s episode is all about promiscuous Halloween costumes. Check out more Generation whY!? from Elite Daily: http://bit.ly/ZL7cE0 Subscribe now for more videos from Elite Daily: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=elitedaily Starring: Joe Santagato (@JoeSantagato) Mark Normand (@marknorm) Neko White (@Neko_white93) Chloe Hiliard (@Chloe_Hilliard) Jenny St Angelo (@jstangelo) Nicky Paris (@NickyParisBitch) Sue Smith (@suesmith666) Joey Gatto (@JoeyGattoTV) Eric D'Alessandro (@ericdalessandro) Brennan Lee Mulligan (@BrennanLM) Abbey Holland (@Abby_Holland) http://www.elitedaily.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EliteDaily Twitter: http://twitter.com/EliteDaily Instagram: http://instagram.com/elitedaily G+: https://plus.google.com/+elitedaily What is Elite Daily? We proclaim ourselves to be the voice of Generation-Y and never disappoint. As the premier online destination for aspiring men and women alike, Elite offers a forum of peer-to-peer interaction in an increasingly digitalized world. The site consistently delivers diverse content with a fresh, relevant voice that appeals to the divergent perspectives represented within our ADD generation. Why Do Girls Dress Promiscuous On Halloween? [Gen whY] | Elite Daily http://www.youtube.com/elitedaily


Do Women Actually Prefer Food Or Sex? | Elite Daily

Food and sex: can't live with them, yet can't live without them. But when offered the choice, which would women choose? You would think the answer "sex" would be obvious, but based on careful statistical analysis... this is sadly not the case. Apparently, they are trading in human buns for hamburger buns instead. Why is it that women are putting sex on the back burner? Shouldn't that be at the front of their minds as opposed to what their next meal is? It appears this demographic is living to eat instead of living life to the fullest. This 90-second video will tell you all you need to know when it comes to women and their views on food and sex... some of which will astound you, and some of which will really get you thinking. Check out more Breakdowns from Elite Daily: http://bit.ly/1pLR6Tn Subscribe now for more videos from Elite Daily: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=elitedaily Written by: Ashley Fern Animation by: Robert Rodriguez http://www.elitedaily.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EliteDaily Twitter: http://twitter.com/EliteDaily Instagram: http://instagram.com/elitedaily G+: https://plus.google.com/+elitedaily What is Elite Daily? We proclaim ourselves to be the voice of Generation-Y and never disappoint. As the premier online destination for aspiring men and women alike, Elite offers a forum of peer-to-peer interaction in an increasingly digitalized world. The site consistently delivers diverse content with a fresh, relevant voice that appeals to the divergent perspectives represented within our ADD generation. Do Women Actually Prefer Food Or Sex? | Elite Daily http://www.youtube.com/elitedaily


How Does Deodorant Work? - Big Questions (Ep.3)

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, Zraluer asks: "How does deodorant work?"


Where Does the $ Sign Come From? - Big Questions (Ep.5)

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, Varun Dabral asks: "Where does the $ sign come from?" -- Mental Floss Video on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mf_video Select Images and Footage provided by Shutterstock: www.shutterstock.com Want more of Craig? https://www.youtube.com/wheezywaiter https://www.youtube.com/thegoodstuff ---- Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mentalflossma... Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: "YoutubeFlossers" for 15% off!)


29 Dumb Facts About Dessert - mental_floss List Show (Ep.227)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John discusses some pretty dumb facts about dessert. Mental Floss Video on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mf_video Select Images and Footage provided by Shutterstock: www.shutterstock.com ---- Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mentalflossma... Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: "YoutubeFlossers" for 15% off!)


America's child migrant crisis, explained in 2 minutes

Tens of thousands of children from Central America are arriving alone at our border, posing a major challenge to humanitarian systems that have been in place since World War II. Vox immigration reporter Dara Lind explains in two minutes. For more on the crisis, see http://www.vox.com/2014/6/16/5813406/explain-child-migrant-crisis-central-america-unaccompanied-children-immigrants-daca/in/5577523


The protests in Hong Kong, explained in 2 minutes

Pro-democracy protests are common in Hong Kong, but they've never been met with the kind of police response that came down on demonstrators in recent days. Vox's Max Fisher explains why the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets and what's at stake in the protests. For more news on Hong Kong: http://www.vox.com/china --- Subscribe to our channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=voxdotcom Vox.com is news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: youtube.com/voxdotcom/videos Follow Vox on Twitter: https://twitter.com/voxdotcom Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vox