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7 May 2015, 11:45
Our YouTuber Of The Week is Jazza "Rhymingwithoranges" John; prepare for a full unbiased breakdown of all things political.
If you live in the UK, and ideally not under a rock, you'll be aware that today's pretty important. It's Election Day, and hopefully we'll all be taking the time to cast our votes and decide who will be running the country for the next five years.
But with so many parties getting more press coverage this year, you might still be a little confused about which party is the best for you. Fortunately, there are plenty of people speaking the language of the internet to help you with your decision; including some YouTubers.
Last week, political vlogger Jazza John struck fear into the hearts of all his subscribers when he uploaded a full, detailed and apparently serious video entitled "Why I'm Voting UKIP":
Probably the most controversial party in the running, UKIP have a reputation of right-wing policies, in-party bigotry, and a less-than-appealing party leader in the form of Nigel Farage. But Jazza managed to strip back reputation and rhetoric in his video, in order to frame the policies of UKIP in a more objective light.
However, we couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief when Jazza uploaded a sequel a day later, "Why I'm Voting Green":
And suddenly his game was clear. Jazza spent the week before Election Day giving each major political party a day of his support, by uploading a full "unbiased" video that breaks down the positives of a government with either Labour, Conservatives, UKIP, Green or Liberal Democrats in power. And somehow managing to keep a straight face for all of them.
On his channel "rhymingwithoranges", Jazza has been a leading voice in British politics within the YouTube community for a very long time. Now, as a representative for youth voting organisation Bite The Ballot, he has been using his resources to create a much more informed and objective atmosphere for younger and first-time voters. Which, given that most politicians and media outlets are quick to dismiss the youth vote, is a crucial form of representation in this year's General Election.
In 2010's election, less than half of voters aged 16-25 actually showed up. If they had, they would have accounted for 8% of the entire vote, which is an enormous difference in the grand scheme; especially when you consider that we ended up with a coalition government. YouTubers like Jazza have been working hard to encourage their young audiences to shake off their political apathy and make themselves heard by voting today.
What's more, most of them are managing to do it without any bias, which is far more than can be said for most major traditional media.
Polls are open until 10pm today; if you're registered, make sure you get out there and use your vote. If Jazza's "Why I'm Voting..." series hasn't quite helped you make your mind up, then Verto, the app recommended in the videos, will show you where your political inclination is. It's like a quiz! And we know how much you love quizzes.
If you need some more politics in your Subscription box, then you can subscribe to Jazza on rhymingwithoranges here.