Monday, March 21, 2011

Tube Boobs 3

I continue to be curious about what can be revealed by stats on YouTube. Here’s another revelation.

One of the fundy atheists there boasted that atheists are strong on YouTube. Hmm, yes, I can see that they would be strong in a venue where pictures were the main form of communication. But I wondered how true that was, so I checked some things out.

To give a frame of reference for this, a popular entertainment YT channel – for Britney Spears – had 90,228 subscribers as of late last week. We can use that as a fair measure of popularity for other channels.

Two fundy atheist channels I have dealt with have this number of subscribers each:

ProfMTH: 22,853

NonStampCollector: 40,465

In contrast, what’s the best for Christian apologetics channels there? It’s not heartening:

Josh McDowell’s channel: 1344 subscribers

William Lane Craig video archive: 6033
James White: 8307
Discovery Institute: 1007 3515

Notice the difference?

I asked around to see if I was missing anyone, and was pointed to a list which indicated that the largest number of subbers to any channel that could be called “Christian apologetics” belonged to a fellow styled “Venomfangx”. He has 29597 subscribers, but this is apparently in good measure due to voyeurism, as it seems he has done some rather crazy stuff in the past.

The “why” behind these numbers is not clear. It seems unlikely that it is because Christians aren’t on YT at all; though it is interesting that various Christian celebrities (like Michael W. Smith) also have channels with very few subbers. (Although, they have very little on their channels, too.) Are we just not putting enough of anything up there? Is our stuff just not as interesting or well-presented? Or is it just above the heads of all those fundy atheists? Or are they just ignoring it, as they are wont to do?

In this case the stats aren’t good enough to say. But one thing is for sure: They do mean we’re failing to do what we need to do to evangelize this wasteland.

Excuse me. I meant “waistland” – better spell it the way YTers do so they understand.


  1. Actually I have to disagree. I think the why behind these numbers is fairly clear for a number of reasons.
    1. In our individualistic society which encourages anti-traditionalism people have a natural tendency to go against what they grew up with. No one wants to hear that the Jesus that was taught to them in church or at home is the right Jesus. People are much more excited and intrigued by the Jesus of the DaVinci Code or what not.
    2. Most churches and Christian homes fail to properly educate or provide a firm intellectual basis for the faith so when the average churchgoer is confronted with something as stupid as the copycat thesis it pretty much opens the flood gates for more doubts to come in. Making it hard for even great apologetic sites like yours to close the flood gates.

  2. Those explain the "why" in general but I'm looking for something behind the "why" of YT as a medium in particular (versus other media formats, like books, where Christians are in much better stead). I can understand why fundy atheists flock to YT -- your reasons offer that. I just can't see why Christians do NOT (especially those in apologetics).

    Thanks for the good word!

  3. Most intellectuals shun YouTube due to all the idiocy gathered there. Hence more atheist than Christian subscribers on YouTube.

  4. own thought exactly, though it does leave open still the question of why we don't try to reform it some and claim it for our own use - the way we did other art/media forms.

  5. The dilemma:

    4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
    5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.
    Proverbs 26:4-5

  6. I think it is the "WWE" effect on there that attracts the big numbers. The circus atmosphere to create views and subscribers is more in line with someone like Ray Comfort. In other words, to be "an award winning youtuber" you have to be a bit irrational. ;)

  7. Then hopefully being a wacky cartoonist will help...