In early August, Dawson released a five-part series following the life of billionaire and beauty YouTuber, Jeffree Star. In this series he “exposed” things about Star that no one had previously known, it showed a side to Star that was unknown, and showed who he really was as a person, and not a billionaire.
A new eight-part series titled “In The Mind of Jake Paul,” is exposing why Paul makes the poor choices he does.
The final episode in the eight-part series was released on October 18th. I’ve watched every episode and here are my thoughts on what Dawson has done, and how he’s changing the game for Youtubers and content creators.
I won’t lie, I’d only ever seen awful things in the media about Jake and Logan Paul, so I was hesitant to even watch the series, but I’ve always loved Shane and I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m glad I did.
The series didn’t so much “expose” Jake Paul, as it did bring out his true colors. I could be wrong, and Jake could have been clearly lying throughout the entire series, but it felt real and genuine, so I’m going to choose to believe.
While Shane did make a couple of mistakes in editing, as far as dramatizing things a little too far, it would’ve been boring without it. He received a lot of backlash on trying to “diagnose” Jake Paul with a social disorder when Shane wasn’t qualified to do that. However, it was all with good intentions. He was just trying to understand Jake, and all in all, try to find the good in him.
It’s hard to put into words how impactful this series was, mostly because I’m a little embarrassed to admit to enjoying content from someone as publicly hated as Jake Paul. But after watching the series, I’ve started listening to the cheesy song the Jake released with his other friends on YouTube. “It’s Everyday Bro,” has pretty much been my number one played song for the last few days, courtesy of Shane’s series.
Here’s the thing, I don’t feel THAT bad about listening to it, because seeing Jake Paul as a not horrific human has changed my mind. Shane showed the relationship Jake has between his current girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend, his parents and his older friends too. Every single person from the series had at least one good thing to say about Jake.
And when Jake was in front of the camera in the last episode, talking about all his controversies in an honest way that made me want to believe him, and I did.
This series taught me two things: Jake Paul has made bad decisions, but he isn’t the devil. Shane Dawson is changing the YouTube game.
I’ve watched various YouTubers since around 2012 and even before then, I would watch the “original” creators like Jenna Marbles and Ryan Higa occasionally. Long story short, I’ve watched the drastic changes in YouTube happen over the past 6-8 years and I’m beginning to see another one.
YouTube has left it’s phase of slime making and prank videos, and is slowly transitioning into documentary series, or “docuseries”, more authentic daily vlogging and more real content. I could be 100% wrong, but this where I see YouTube going with its future, and I would be beyond ecstatic if it did.
I’m so sick of scrolling through my homepage and only seeing DIY’s, ridiculous pranks and useless review videos. I want more of what Shane Dawson is doing because it’s actually interesting content.
The last video in Shane’s series was an hour and forty-five minutes long. That’s the length of a movie. But did I watch the whole? I definitely did. Because it was the thrilling conclusion in a series, and I needed to know what was going to happen.
With content creators like Shane Dawson who are straying away from typical YouTube stuff and creating fun docuseries, he’s totally changing the way that people are going to make videos.
Shane Dawson has been on YouTube for almost the entirety of it, and he’s done EVERYTHING. He’s always been a leader in what’s actually been put on YouTube, and this is no different.
I can not wait to see what he does next.