During the past month, a large number of advertisers have rescinded their ads on multiple online outlets, due to reports from major news outlets such as the Times unearthing that many extremist or borderline pornographic videos featured ads from prominent brands. Why is this important and why is Youtube to blame?
Tyler McVicker is the founder and solo producer of the Youtube channel Valve News Network (VNN). He currently also is a fulltime college student doing his major in Journalism. I had the opportunity to sit down with him, and talk for over an hour about himself, the channel and Valve.
Monday morning 8AM: *BEEP BEEP BEEP*
It is Monday morning again. I am getting ready for the start of the week: the board meeting with my fellow board members. The meeting takes between two and three hours. But today was different, we had to keep it short. Jamy (Secretary & External Affairs Officer), Renee (Chairman) and I had to catch the train to Amstelveen.
This week, after all hope was lost, temperatures are rising and the suns shows himself more often. Time, I supposed, to reconsider the economic effects of sunny weather on the economy. I will not, however, consider the unfortunate ASSET-member who spent a sunny afternoon in his garden, only to see his laptop crashing.
In spring 2016, I had been living in Tilburg for eight months, and enjoyed the student life. About one year ago, April 11th, I chaired a committee that organised the Asset Conference. It was the first experience I had with organising such an event. The days just before the event were intense, and afterwards there was ample spare time. I focused on the upcoming exams from my master supply chain management and looked forward to the summer holidays and future employment opportunities.
Some months ago, I wrote about my adventure of studying Spanish in Valencia. At this moment, I am back in the game. Back in the Netherlands and deep into the process of searching for jobs. The student life is really ending right now. A new adventure may start soon, hopefully! The question is: how do you find out what you want to do? One of the things to do is visiting InHouse days. So, that is what I did on Wednesday 18th of January. Early in the morning I took the train to The Hague. Off to the “Economen Bootcamp” of the Dutch government.
A year ago I could no longer deny that the time of studying was coming to an end. Many of you will recognize the helpless feeling of having all the possibilities in the world but not a clue of what to do next. To decide I made a list of all possible plans: finding a job, doing another study, go traveling and more. I made a list of countries where I could go to for traveling or studies. I consulted a lot of friends and had some sleepless nights because of all the freedom I had. Suddenly my old dream of studying Spanish returned. Years before I did the beginners course of Spanish at the Language Center of the university. For the ones that don’t know: you can study languages for free at Tilburg University (with the vouchers all students receive). I cannot encourage you more to do so. Learning a language opens a new world, a new way of thinking and a lot of people to talk to. However, the best and most fun way to learn a language is of course to learn it in a country where they speak the language. Last September I flew to Valencia and went back to school.
The (bad) drinking habit I talked about in the previous article about my exchange in Copenhagen brings me to the most heard prejudice about Denmark. “Beer is so expensive there!” A lot of people think that the beer in the supermarkets, terraces, clubs and pubs is way more expensive than in the Netherlands. In fact, the beer at Nyhavn – I often call it the Champs-Élysées from Copenhagen – is indeed really expensive. It is not uncommon to pay 50 Danish kroner (€ 6,70) for a small glass of beer. But besides being in the chic clubs you will be able to buy your beers for prices equal to the Dutch prices.