My emails with Philipp: imgur.com/a/UfrXBWq
The full argument is listed in the shownotes (bottom of description) if you want the list of evidence.
Thanks to Johann Hari for letting me talk with him. I want to note that he isn't anti-Kurzgesagt. He likes their work, but thinks they clearly misunderstood him. Hari a lovely fellow. His website&book: chasingthescream.com
Lucas King - Dark Piano For Dark Thoughts
Blue Wednesday - Middle School
Joey Pecoraro - The Bishop
My evidence for why Kurzgesagt didn't have this (entire) video planned beforehand, and why it was a shady attempt at damage control.
Evidence #1: Philipp never says across 3 emails (Feb. 2, Feb. 7, Feb. 21) that he's making a video that exactly answers some of my questions. Because his video so obviously rendered my interview completely useless, why didn't he just disclose this?
Evidence #2: Philipp said (paraphrasing) the video was good enough to stay up on Feb 2. On March 3rd it suddenly was deleted.
Evidence #3: Philipp delayed me with an interview hanging over my head, early March. This was AFTER I told him I would wait on him before my video could come out. March 3rd was when his video was released.
Evidence #4: His sketchy tweet that it was a "surprise video": twitter.com/Kurz_Gesagt/status/1101943659065458688
Additionally he hints that this video was basically random in his ama where someone asks: "What encouraged you to make the trust kurzgesagt video? What about it was so important to you guys, that you actually took action and made a video on it?"
Philipp says, "We made the video for a number of reasons. But the main one is that it was just time. I have felt uneasy about both videos pretty much since mid 2016."
if he had been stalling on taking two videos down for almost 3 years, why was it RIGHT now, right before an interview and a critical video, that he took it down. That's a pretty wild coincidence, especially if you buy Philipp's answer that it was "just time".
Questions I expect to be asked:
1. Did you reach out to Philipp to confirm this/privately solve this?
No. I considered this for a while, but the more I looked at what had happened, the more I was convinced that he was operating in bad faith. In that case, going to him privately as I had done the first time would just let him preempt me again.
2. Is there ANY way that this is all a big misunderstanding?
I don't see that as a possibility. There are a few possibilities and none of them are good, or honest.
His story is contradictory no matter how you slice it. Here are the possibilities.
A. [least likely] He already had the whole video planned----- he lied at least once, (again by omission) and manipulated a smaller creator once. He didn't mention his video response coming out so quickly(lie-by-omission), and TOLD me that the addiction video was going to stay up(lie). Not only that, he led me to believe I would be getting the interview and never mentioned most of my questions would be obsolete by the time we got to it(manipulation).
B. [semi-likely] He DIDN'T have any of the video planned----- he lied when he stalled my research, and lied to his fans with quotes like it was "just time" as the reason for his video and completely ripped off my research as a PR move.
C. [semi-likely] He had the video in the back of his head, and brought it to the front of his priority list when I reached out----- This would mean he manipulated me to stall my research, lied once (says he's keeping the addiction video up), stole my idea by quickly rushing out a video for damage control.
So no, this wasn't a misunderstanding. There's no way it could've been, unless Philipp is totally disconnected with what his team is doing, but that seems unlikely given he recently said, "Being the main writer and editor for our scripts and doing creative and art direction for our videos and channel as a whole. This means everything in a video needs to pass me. Which also means every mistake we make is my responsibility." [AMA]
3. Why did you make this video?
I saw this as a deep breach of not only professional trust, but also as a personal insult. I have been working on this video for 2 months, and to have a larger creator manipulate me and (from my perspective) lie to me, I can't ignore it. Not to mention it set my Pop-Sci video back considerably, and releasing videos is how I make a living. I also saw it as an affront when he gets so much applause from the community for essentially dodging questions and manipulating smaller creators.
12. mar. 2019