Alex Carpenter – Multiple Sclerosis

Here’s another chap I’ve never laid eyes on before. I find it important to review people I don’t have any prior opinion on because it means not only do I get to experience some fresh work, but it also means I’m not biased. This video, talking about Project 4 Awesome (an annual online charity event founded by VlogBrothers), and how he intends to raise money for it.

Under a minute in I can instantly see why people like Alex. He’s engaging, friendly and the kind of guy your mum would want to cook a roast dinner for. He falls under the ‘nerdfighter’ category of vlogger, in the sense that he talks fast, makes educational jokes and has a book case full of all sorts of educational fun in the background.

I jest of course. Just something I’ve noticed about those connected with Vlogbrothers (in the same way, I suppose, that those on the Wheezy Waiter side of things have clones, such as Matt Santoro, Meekakitty, etc).

That being said there’s nothing wrong with it. Imitation is, after all, the highest form of flattery one can receive. He isn’t an exact copy, he has his own persona and it glows in this video. He clearly cares about what he’s doing and it’s nice to see a video bringing up a serious issue in a light way. The video gives a very well informed rundown on the background of MS and why we need to raise money to help fight it and increase awareness and he keeps it funny enough to not make it ‘another boring charity video’.

Overall I would say whilst the pace felt rushed and at times a bit too fast for even Alex to keep up, I look forward to seeing more of his work.

If you want to know more about P4A or to find out how you can help, click here.

Watch if: You like Vlogbrothers, intelligent humour, cool hats
Avoid if: You like irreverent humour or charities because you have no soul


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