Elliott Morgan

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Self-Deprecating Thoughts on this Whole Political Thing

This whole “YouTube Politics” thing has been really great, for the most part. I’ve met some of the wonderful people that work at Google, I’ve hung out with some amazing co-workers, and I’ve been able to get a different style of my writing out to the fraction of our audience that is actually into politics.

But there has been a downside. I’ve seen multiple comments from people saying they’re unsubscribing from our channel. Granted, these comments are a mainstay on YouTube, but I have seen a rise in them in the past week. Politics is an extremely alienating subject, and I knew that this whole venture could potentially hurt the brand (I like to think) I’ve had some (tiny) part in making.

Oh well, I probably shouldn’t worry my pretty little head about it…

As for the process of the show itself, my biggest fear is that I’ll come off like a high schooler trying to play newscaster. Which, if I’m being honest with myself, I do. The only thing worse than not being a journalist is pretending to be one, and I’d hate to give the impression that I’m trying to be something I’m not. I just wanna be a voice.

So moving forward this week, I’ll probably work on being less formal and less scripted. My goal with this was to make it as close to the Daily Show as possible, because The Daily Show knows how to present news in such a tongue-in-cheek manner that you don’t take it so seriously. Biased or not, they are masters of putting politics into perspective.

That was my goal, and so far I’d give myself a resounding C in my attempt to replicate that quality.

All that said, Meg is an incredibly intelligent, awesome person, and Phil is doing a great job with all of this. We’re all new to it, and we’re learning as we go. I’m thankful for the opportunity to talk about politics. I love the fact that we’re not veteran newscasters, and I can’t say enough about our amazing crew of editors, shooters, and producers who’ve made this whole thing possible.

As a final note, I can’t say how proud I am of my fellow SF hosts (Joe Bereta, Lee Newton, Steve Zaragoza, and Trisha Hershberger) for continuing to research, write, fact-check, produce, and host awesome content while all of us have been on the other side of the country. A lot of people don’t know this, but the faces that make up SourceFed are also the minds behind it.

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muchadoaboutbullshit:

Elliot, pls Elliot, stahp

I got a lot of hate yesterday, and it all basically stems from believing that people should be respected, regardless of their opinions. Their stupid, stupid opinions.
I am a firm supporter of evolution. In fact, I love it. My interest in evolution was the only thing that got me through my boring zoology courses. 
However, I know many young-earth creationists who are well-versed in evolution, because they’ve grappled with it. Despite believing something that I could never, EVER believe, they understand the basics of evolution moreso than many who have Darwin magnets on their car. It’s like how many atheists know more about the Bible than people with Jesus fish magnets on their car. 
My MO in everything is loving others despite their opinions, beliefs, actions, social class, sexual orientation, or anything else that defines them. That means that if a group of people are stereotyped and ridiculed, I’m against it. Yes, I do believe creationism is stupid. But a stupid belief does not a stupid person make. Take Steve’s belief that Quizno’s is superior to Subway. Steve is still a supremely intelligent human being.
I have stupid beliefs, as well, like that we can all get along and we can look past each other’s differences and we can set aside our stances to connect with other human beings. The accusation that I’m stupid, then, is totally accurate. I would submit that, perhaps, we’re all a little stupid. And if we’re all a little stupid, is it safe to conclude that we’re all a little smart?
For me, none of this is about evolution, or creationism, or Republican or Democrat, or rich or poor, straight or gay, pro-life or pro-choice. Everyone should be loved, all the time. I fail at this, of course. I barely love people I agree with, let alone those I don’t. I’m a selfish, narcissistic douchebag sometimes. But my video yesterday was to show that there is hypocrisy everywhere; there is judgment everywhere. The sooner we realize this—that hypocrisy is a plague—the sooner we can try to change it. And I believe that the only way we can eradicate judgment is through love. Not coercion. 
And as a side note, yesterday’s video was me defending evolution (I addressed it being a “just a theory,” the common misconception of “coming from monkeys,” and the separation of science and religion).
In conclusion, there are 2 t’s in my name, I have no problem being anyone’s least favorite, and I have no problem continuing to defend people I don’t agree with.

muchadoaboutbullshit:

Elliot, pls Elliot, stahp

I got a lot of hate yesterday, and it all basically stems from believing that people should be respected, regardless of their opinions. Their stupid, stupid opinions.

I am a firm supporter of evolution. In fact, I love it. My interest in evolution was the only thing that got me through my boring zoology courses. 

However, I know many young-earth creationists who are well-versed in evolution, because they’ve grappled with it. Despite believing something that I could never, EVER believe, they understand the basics of evolution moreso than many who have Darwin magnets on their car. It’s like how many atheists know more about the Bible than people with Jesus fish magnets on their car. 

My MO in everything is loving others despite their opinions, beliefs, actions, social class, sexual orientation, or anything else that defines them. That means that if a group of people are stereotyped and ridiculed, I’m against it. Yes, I do believe creationism is stupid. But a stupid belief does not a stupid person make. Take Steve’s belief that Quizno’s is superior to Subway. Steve is still a supremely intelligent human being.

I have stupid beliefs, as well, like that we can all get along and we can look past each other’s differences and we can set aside our stances to connect with other human beings. The accusation that I’m stupid, then, is totally accurate. I would submit that, perhaps, we’re all a little stupid. And if we’re all a little stupid, is it safe to conclude that we’re all a little smart?

For me, none of this is about evolution, or creationism, or Republican or Democrat, or rich or poor, straight or gay, pro-life or pro-choice. Everyone should be loved, all the time. I fail at this, of course. I barely love people I agree with, let alone those I don’t. I’m a selfish, narcissistic douchebag sometimes. But my video yesterday was to show that there is hypocrisy everywhere; there is judgment everywhere. The sooner we realize this—that hypocrisy is a plague—the sooner we can try to change it. And I believe that the only way we can eradicate judgment is through love. Not coercion. 

And as a side note, yesterday’s video was me defending evolution (I addressed it being a “just a theory,” the common misconception of “coming from monkeys,” and the separation of science and religion).

In conclusion, there are 2 t’s in my name, I have no problem being anyone’s least favorite, and I have no problem continuing to defend people I don’t agree with.

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Obsessed with things of the entertainment variety: Okay seriously

ohnowalkers:

Steve Zaragoza is so freaking nice.

I saw him at Horror Nights only long enough to wave at him like a dork, but he invite me to talk to him if I saw him again through twitter. (Even though I didn’t see him again ugh)

Then in the comments of his Horror Nights vlog he takes the time to tell me he…

Just dropping in to say that Steve gets a lot of crap for a lot of things, but he’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Also, as far as the fans go, he adores them. We all do, but he shows it so openly. He’s a good guy.

(Source: betterangels22)

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