Social news-sharing site Reddit has launched new original web video series called “Explain Like I’m Five,” based on the discussions of Reddit users in a “subreddit” by the same name.
Reddit dubs itself as “the front page of the Internet” and is often responsible for memes that spread throughout the web. The “Explain Like I’m Five” videos were funded by YouTube. Rather than Reddit trying to launch a lot of original programming, Reddit is using the series to push users to create their own videos.
“For us, it’s more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers, and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows … based on Reddit content,” Reddit general manager Erik Martin told the Hollywood Reporter.
Martin also said other subreddits might be made into videos as well.
The “Explain Like I’m Five” series has three videos, each tackling a different complicated topic and explaining it in a way that a 5 year old might understand. Topics include the crisis in Syria, the stock market, and existentialism. Two adults try to lay out the issues with a group of children that aren’t shy about responding. I’d be willing to bet the videos will be helpful for many adults out there.
Check out the three “Explain Like I’m Five” videos below.