It’s never a big surprise to visit the YouTube Trends Blog and see that political videos (such as Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention and Obama’s rendition of “Call Me Maybe”), blockbuster trailers (such as the Spiderman vs. Batman faceoff), and music videos (such as the ridiculous and hilarious “Gangnam Style“) are trending. But educational and science videos getting millions of Youtube hits? Believe it!
As reported on NPR, Youtube trends manager Kevin Allocca reported that educational and science videos are among YouTube’s major trending videos this summer. According to Allocca, educational videos have been viewed 70 percent more this summer than last summer. Channels such as Minute Physics and ASAPScience have received hundreds of thousands of views per episode, and Bill Nye the Science Guy’s recent video on teaching kids evolution and not creation in science classes (posted on the Big Think YouTube channel) has received over three million views to date.
In the video, Nye states that a creationist view of the world is unique to the United States, which is ironic in one of the most scientifically-forward thinking countries in the world. Nye goes on:
“I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we’ve observed in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future…We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems….You know, in another couple centuries that world view, I’m sure…just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it, so…”
Watch Nye’s video, embedded below. What do you think of science and educational videos going viral on YouTube? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.