Vi's video posits that true artists tend to break the previously held rules of maximizing one's known audience by clearly addressing them via existing channels. In essence, an artist creates her audience. I originally thought she was taking aim at Khan Academy with this video until it was pointed out to me that right around the 2:07 mark she says,
"There's a reason that people prefer my videos which ramble through my thought process or Sal's Khan Academy videos which he makes in real time..."
Vi actually aligns herself with Sal as if what they do are Khansubstantial.
I Khan't disagree more.
I don't think I have to argue that Vi Hart creates her own audience, but to say Khan Academy does the same thing is, well, just wrong.
Let's take these three points one at a time.
1. Know your audience and address yourself directly to it.
Sal's audience is every student who ever asked the question, "Can you show me how to do
2. Know what you want to say and say it clearly and fully.
Though his videos may not be scripted, Sal knows exactly what he wants to say. The fact that he makes his videos in "real time" doesn't hide the fact that he's taking a message that's highly glossed and falsely making it seem rough around the edges. He's basically taking a belt sander to a new pair of jeans and telling us he's worn them for years. Taking an "aw, shucks" attitude into the videos is really no different than a politician putting on a hard hat with the good ol' boys down at the factory and saying, "see, I'm one of you."
The message is very clear: Here's what you need to know, now know it
3. Reach the maximum audience by utilizing existing channels.
As for the suggestion that those of us who criticize should make our own videos, here you go, I have an entire library of real time videos, many of which were recorded before a live