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What you really, like REALLY, should have seen

In the modern-day era it can be hard to catch all the good content that gets uploaded. Whether it be YouTube videos, podcasts or documentaries, excellent content gets uploaded to the World Wide Web every day. In an effort to help you catch the good content that is spread online, we will give you recommendations as to what you really should have watched over the last few weeks. This week we have Malique’s and Kyle’s recommendation!

Kyle – Perfectie is Perceptie
I have got to admit, I’m a bit of a YouTube addict. If you go into my phone and see what most of my data is used for, it definitely is YouTube. Therefore it wasn’t that hard for me to come up with a recommendation for you to watch, although it was hard to choose just one. I decided to go with a mini documentary uploaded by the Dutch YouTuber/film producer Peter de Harder. This mini documentary is called ‘Perfectie is Perceptie’ (Perfection is Perception) and will take up just under 19 minutes of your day. Totally worth those 19 minutes by the way.

In this mini documentary Peter tries to transform his body in three months from ‘regular’ to the body of an underwear model. He adapts a very strict diet and goes to the gym on a regular basis. All the while, he has to keep on working on the things he does on the daily. He takes you on his journey, emotionally and physically, to his end goal of being an underwear model. It is crushing to see what trying to adhere to the beauty standards that media has set is doing to a person. You see Peter at his absolute lowest mentally, but at his highest physically. It’s a very inspiring and touching documentary that touches upon everything that is wrong with the beauty ideal set by the media. It also provides a great perspective on the world behind the poster you see on bus stops. Nothing but good words for Peter and his team and I strongly encourage everyone to watch this mini documentary. 5/5, 10/10, 100%, however you want to say it, this is awesome.

Malique – The Anthropocene Reviewed
The podcasts I listen to are mostly two-men-and-a-mic shows. Whether it be two friends in the YouTube business (Hello Internet), or two wildly successful brothers (Dear Hank & John), it is always two people discussing something, anything. However, a week or two ago I came across a relatively new podcast, hosted by John Green (the ‘John’ in ‘Dear Hank & John’, but probably better known as author of books like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Paper Towns’).

The Anthropocene Reviewed does in my opinion elevate podcasting from ‘pre-recorded internet radio’ to its own form of art

In this podcast called ‘The Anthropocene Reviewed’, John picks two facets of the ‘human centered planet’ which he will then discuss and review on a 5 star scale. Think of subjects like human intervention in nature, diseases, cosmology, the internet, and human food. These reviews however aren’t the ones you’d find underneath an Amazon.com product listing. John’s reviews are elaborate and refreshing retrospective essays on mankind and the things we have created, the things we have destroyed and the challenges we once faced or still face today. The episodes feel much more like a short audiobook than a podcast due to the poetic nature of John’s essays. The Anthropocene Reviewed does in my opinion elevate podcasting from ‘pre-recorded internet radio’ to its own form of art. I give this podcast 5 stars.

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Kyle Hassing
Kyle is a 21-year old Dutch third-year student living in Zevenhoven. Kyle is a final editor for Medium but isn't afraid to dip his toes in MediumTV, writing or podcasting waters. With his interests being investigative journalism, politics, sport and everything media related, you will see him write a column here and there.

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