This is a rough cut of the episode where Weena tries on the fursuit she’s made for the first time. What differences can you find between this cut and the final version? How does the meaning of the episode seem to change between the two edits of this episode? Why do you think we made the changes?
Some resources we post here are more for educators’ edification. Sometimes these are pop- or Internet-culture things we expect students may know about, but educators might not; sometimes these are to help guide you on more sensitive subjects which you might be concerned about presenting in the classroom. Obviously, these are resources you might share with your students, too, if you wish!
Many people are still trying to figure out for themselves what “furries” are all about. We find that, rather than taking the word of journalists and TV personalities who are outside of this subculture of people who enjoy grown-up anthropomorphic animal comics, movies, sports mascots, and costumes, it’s more effective to learn from the people themselves. So we recommend starting with the definition provided by Anthrocon, one of the largest furry conventions in the US. And the rest of the Anthrocon site may further satisfy your curiosity.
In the fall of 2009, Abby, Gus, and social networking intern Lindsay sat down to discuss outreach. We decided to follow a “watch where you are” strategy, trying to reach viewers where they were already viewing, sharing, critiquing, and remaking videos with their friends. But which communities would best support the kind of interaction we needed — comments and responses which would spark new episodes and discussions with us?
YouTube gives you a lot of different kinds of ways to relate to viewers and other YouTube users. You can be friends, subscribe, or just view. When you subscribe to a channel, that channel’s videos show up in a “feed” along with other channels you subscribe to. It’s almost like having your own TV channel programmed to see exactly what you want to see.
So it’s probably good for a channel to have subscribers, right? Random viewers may only watch one of your videos, once. But if someone subscribes to your channel, they might watch more of your videos over time. (Provided people actually view their subscriber feed, which isn’t guaranteed.)