Sunday, March 14, 2021

"Asking Online Strangers for Advice" from Perspectopia (Max Reisinger)


UNC Chapel Hill, April 2015

Asking Online Strangers for Advice”, edited and directed by Max Reisinger, for his new Perspectopia channel and clothing business. 

The channel also has an earlier film of how Max selected YouTube partners for his business. The real point of reviewing this film is to discuss how teen entrepreneurs are quickly organizing, even in the middle of a pandemic (or hopefully toward the end now).

The current film (9 minutes) comprises short testimonials by young people, one of which says “be kind, and not just because people are kind to you.”  I’ve seen similar sentiments on Twitter from Trey Yingst (formerly News2share, now Fox correspondent from Israel), and from the “real” David Hogg (a 19 year old in North Carolina, going to UNC Charlotte and working in the real world for a grocer).  For the record, Max himself has yet to turn 18, and is finishing his last year of high school at UNC Chapel Hill (some of it virtual).  Max covers topics for young adults in a manner that reminds me of John Fish (21, Harvard), Nate O’Brien (22 years old, I think, Santrel Media in Philadelphia), and even Tyler Mowery’s screenwriting channels (2 of them).  All of these influencers talk about the importance of reading a lot of books, including fiction.

While mentioning companies started by very young people, we have to mention “that” David Hogg (Harvard) and his new pillow company, Good Pillow, with William LeGate. Yes, the motive for the company is partly political (anti-Trump), and we won’t get into that right now.  On the other hand, the “real” David Hogg at UNC sells sewn potholders and other hand art woodwork.  To an outsider, it looks like there is synergy between these companies and maybe they could work together.

In one earlier video, Max showed how he imprints his Perspectopia T-shirts or jackets with a press in his home.   The Perspectopia channel page shows a drawing of an alien city.

All of them have mentioned how they relate to investors and spend time on business proposals.  The Harvard David Hogg even showed a daily schedule for a Monday, where he would do school homework and meet with investors, and get up at 3:30 AM.  He used a planner that looked motivated by John Fish’s growth notebook.  The two David Hogg’s, if claiming opposite political loyalties, are more alike than they think.

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