From a review posted on Idka:
I just watched the latest Voxiversity video. I had to wait, because I’m thinking about faith and epistemology for a blog post right now, and I find Vox persuasive, so I wanted to clarify my own thoughts before watching. That just took longer than planned.
Production-wise, it looks good, and the pacing works well. There is a nice balance between substantive points and visual quick-hitters, which is essential for the medium. Rhetorically, it is effective. The social transformation of Europe is superbly presented and the rape bit is a kill shot. The Christian ethics/falsification connection is less persuasive relatively, but seems more in need of fleshing out than off track, and it’s close is thought provoking. A little of Eco’s The Open Work, to leave them engaged, perhaps. Overall, you can see the whole team growing into the format.
The delivery has been discussed on the blog, and I have a couple of observations. There is no perfect “voice” – it is a matter of showcasing strengths and mitigating limitations. Vox has a calm, measured tone that is excellent for presenting “hard” truths with matter-of-fact clarity. He also comes off as down to earth. Both of these qualities are working here. The editing adds the rhetorical punch, and an associate watching along pointed out that the low music is really effective on two levels. It keeps an elevated emotional engagement while subtly demonstrating the supremacy of Western culture. I concurred with that.
tl;dr – excellent addition to a project with huge upside. I hope these keep coming.
They will not only keep coming, but I expect an order of magnitude improvement in the visual quality when I am on camera in 007, which will be the second part of the Western Civilization and Christianity piece. We’re doing a shorter piece that is primarily graphical next for 006.
It’s important to keep in mind that what the producer and I are doing is new to both of us, so we’re not only figuring what we can and cannot do given our various limitations, we’re also experimenting with what approaches are effective and what is not.