New David Mitchell's Soapbox: Hanging Up

The new episode of Soapbox, about that awkward way in which it seems impossible to end a phone call un-weirdly, seems to me to get it almost exactly right.

And while I do think that somehow arranging to cater a phone call would probably help (perhaps by connecting a video line and arranging to do it every time you eat dinner, with someone, whoever's available) I think that part of the problem is not just the singularly chatty quality of the call, but the minimized quantity of conversational information.

In a normal conversation, you've got body language, much less degraded tone of voice, facial expressions, and positioning, all of which to indicate your intents and desires.  It is, therefore, somewhat easier (though still often incredibly awkward) to terminate a conversation.  And via text, you've at least got so little information that it's an unambiguously alien experience, and people compensate. (brb, g2g, ttyl, etc.)

But on the phone, there's very little way to really tell whether someone's said as much as they'd like to.

Unlike Mitchell's video on Personal Debts, I disagree with his solution to the phone problem.  I like the phone.  It's useful.

David Mitchell's Soapbox is back!

I mentioned before that David Mitchell's Soapbox was one of my favorite YouTube channels -- in fact, it was the only one I was subscribed to last year.  The central theme of that post was making the point that it was coming back, and that I was happy about this fact. Well, it's happened.  He opens with a rant about people who are surprised that not eating carbs makes you want to eat carbs; here's the video:

They will, presumably, be coming out every Thursday.  So alongside Crash Course: History, Thursdays are quickly becoming the best day on YouTube.

David Mitchell's Soapbox is coming back!

There isn't much to this story apart from that.  The trailer was posted earlier today, here it is:

This time last year, this was the only YouTube channel I subscribed to.  Mitchell's rants are hilarious, often constructive, and at least insightful.

At the end of his last season, he said,

[I] am currently laboring under the delusion that everything's fine.  If I come to my senses, these will return.  I hope you hope not, for my sake.

Well, I'm glad to say that his cynicism has caught back up with him, because his videos are awesome.

Here's one of my favorites, which I often cite in genuine arguments about identity: