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:
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
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.