Anyone who follows this site knows that I dig me some good web series lovin’. This normally pertains to those web series that are of the dramatic/action-y/sci-fi variety. I’ve watched a few comedic web series here and there, but my tastes tend to lean toward the other genres. I’ve never really considered watching a tech newsy type web series because I’m not a techie. If you guys could actually see how I achieve some of the things I do on computers, I’m sure you’d all be appalled, but I’m not going to discuss, or admit to, my lack of computer prowess. Instead, I’m going to give you a heads up on TechSpank. TechSpank is exactly one of those web series that I normally wouldn’t watch, but after I did, I couldn’t stop at just one…or two….or five. No, I finally had to stop after I binged on 13 episodes. In a row.
It may sound excessive I know, but when something grabs me, I just go with it. It helps that the show appeals to my, how should I say, snarky sense of humor. And if I’m being honest, that’s the biggest draw. So let me run it down for you. TechSpank is the brainchild of the host, James Papadopoulos and in each episode, he highlights the latest in tech and science news. Each episode ranges anywhere from about three to seven minutes, which is perfect bite sized chunks. Touching on topics concerning Apple’s latest battles with Andriod, Chinese robots and reporting live from a toy fair (which was pure comedy), James delivers the news while never sounding like an uninterested automaton. His personality shines through with his cutting remarks aided by the visuals that accompany each episode. THAT is what kept me watching. The most tech stuff I check out is limited to reading an article on CNet that pertains to an item I’m interested in. Half the time I end up zoning out because it just becomes Greek to me. With TechSpank I actually learned a thing or three.
It also helps that the production quality on this show is pretty great. Working in video production professionally has given James the skills needed to produce a quality show, which just makes it that much easier to watch. During the course of the episode, James uses pictures and video to accompany the particular story he’s focusing on. Some pictures are meant to compliment the story, while others….not so much. It’s best just to watch and discover it for yourself.
Episodes are posted each Thursday and you can catch up by checking out the TechSpank YouTube channel. You can also follow James on Facebook and especially Twitter…because he loves Twitter (no, not really…sorry James!). I’ve embedded the latest episode below so be sure to take five and check it out. It’s totally worth it.Tags: James Papadopoulos, TechSpank, TechSpank web series, Web Series