Did you know that Reason videos on YouTube pulled 37.5 million views over the last year (up from 29.3 million a year before)? That amounts to about 3.5 million hours of watch time and is an increase of 30 percent over 2019. We’ve also added 129,000 subscribers over the same period, for a total of 606,000.
These are positively ginormous numbers and I’m proud to have been part of Reason‘s video team since its early days back in 2007, when comic legend and Reason Foundation trustee Drew Carey launched our video platform with a series of documentaries about fixing traffic congestion, legalizing the sale of organs (and weed!), showing the benefits of high levels of immigration, and celebrating the pleasures of illegal bacon-wrapped hot dogs (go here for a list of all Drew’s videos).
And get this: Fully 56.3 percent of our YouTube audience is under 35, meaning we’re reaching younger people and turning them on to the power, beauty, and necessity of “Free Minds and Free Markets” and a libertarian sensibility about politics, culture, and ideas (all the stats mentioned above come from YouTube’s analytics).
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I’ll leave you with a recent example of another type of video that defines Reason: the long-form interview. In an era when more and more cable news outlets have zigged toward shorter and shorter Q&As with guests who always conform to played-out, tribal, partisan identities, we’ve always opted for richly informed, engaged conversations with people who may or may not agree with all our priors. That adds another dimension to our video offerings, and it’s one that yields new ways of thinking about changing the world and building the sort of coalitions that push back against censorship, endless wars, prohibition, and general mindlessness. Here’s my interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald about foreign policy, left-wing attacks on free thought, and where libertarians and progressives might join forces.