Those who aspire to live a green lifestyle have long focused on digital content for their entertainment needs. Digital content is more convenient than ever before. It cuts down on the resources used to make physical items. From ebooks and podcasts, to streaming video, digital media takes a big bite out of your carbon footprint.
If you have an internet connection, then chances are you’re familiar with YouTube. This free video streaming platform is home to content that ranges from news to entertainment. However, if you’re looking for something different there are unique corners of the site you may have not come across before.
Classic Radio Shows
For those of us who want to experience what entertainment was like in another age, YouTube is full of old episodes of classic radio dramas. Whether you’re looking for something like The Shadow, The Green Hornet, or other radio productions from the golden age of the airwaves, you can curl up on your couch, dial up a playlist, and experience a very different format for an evening or so. And once you’ve gone through all the older decades, don’t despair, because there’s plenty more where that came from. Modern audio channels have dramatized stories by H.P. Lovecraft, and other authors who hit their peak during the age of pulp.
When most of us think of movies on YouTube, we tend to think of the huge for-rent section the site boasts. However, if you actually go to the YouTube movies page, you’ll find there’s a sizable free movies section. In addition to being free, you can host digital viewing parties to share the experience with friends from the comfort of your couch, allowing you to make YouTube the hub of your evening’s entertainment without spending additional resources, or adding much to your carbon footprint.
If you’re not familiar with the term, a creepy pasta is like a campfire story for the digital age. These short, spooky tales range from people talking about something that happened to them when they were a child to bizarre sites they have found on the internet. Sometimes they’re in text (formatted like a forum post, as that’s part of the narrative,) but sometimes they’re recorded as audio stories . . . and YouTube is absolutely loaded with channels dedicated to these recordings. If you’re looking for a classic to get your journey off on the right foot, one of the most famous is The Russian Sleep Experiment. But beware — it’s not for the faint-of-heart!