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Rare Earth : Thanks to everyone who asked about our Patreon. I'll put out a full video when I get the time, but for those who want to jump the gun and get on board from the start, here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/rareearth It means a huge deal that so many have asked us to start an account. I never thought anyone would watch these videos, let alone support them.

Jo King : Self awareness, is the most helpful, harmful thing that we have.

Jason Lieberman : it is invasive to document someone against their will, unless it is being done to expose some harm they are doing

Life Where I'm From : Just wanted to say that I have the exact same dilemma as you when making videos. My thinking came down to that whenever you're filming people and telling their stories, whether with explicit permission or not, whether you're paying or not, you're exploiting them in some way. Sorry if you mentioned this, I watched yesterday but didn't comment until today, but did you think about the opposite side of things? The people making the videos are also being exploited as well if you think about it. Maybe it's a business that gets featured, or some activist who wants to promote a viewpoint, or a tourism agency that wants more visitors, or simply someone who gets a kick out of being in a public video. I think you're rather similar to me when making videos, where you're trying to capture some bit of truth. With all those factors in play on both sides, I do find it a struggle to tell a story that reflects reality, and it seems you do as well. Anyways, looking forward to your videos from Cuba. Keep up the great work!

Paulo Alexandre : Evan, thank you for not trying to answer what is right or what is wrong. I personally wouldn't exploit a similar situation for a bunch of reasons. You can cite lack of realness, lack of sensitivity, or respect for the wishes of the subject (which, in my view, are more important than the whims of the audience), it's all of them and more. But if some people do exploit it, and can live in peace with it, I wouldn't say it's necessarily wrong. Just bear in mind that neither is him, the man swinging the broom and cursing at you. I guess part of it has to do with how intimate and personal is the issue, and how socially and politically relevant its recording would be. Wanting to see that telephone, and maybe take a picture inside the booth - that's a whim. But discussing war atrocities, nationalism and the enshrinement of war criminals/heroes is more than that; it's necessary. But I wouldn't say you would be denying me of anything, especially not actively, if you didn't report on either subject. I would recommend everyone who's planning traveling somewhere in the near future to do so without a camera. I think you will come back with an understanding of that place that you wouldn't otherwise acquire.

Subhransu Panda : Wow. Just wow. I don't have any other words to describe. You sir are a hidden gem on the YouTube. Glad that I discovered you.

dougpbcc : Self awareness is one of our most valuable traits. Sadly it is too rare. I am grateful in yours and your attempt to grow that trait in others

Ratatad : Someone will always hate you. Damn if you do damn if you don't. For every man with a broom there is another pleading to be heard.

Serai3 : _Because everybody hates a tourist_ _Especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh..._ _You will never understand how it feels to live your life_ _With no meaning or control, and with nowhere left to go_ _You're amazed that they exist, and they burn so bright_ _That you can only wonder why..._ -- "Common People"

DIV AND BENNYS TRAVEL CHANNEL : We were in Hanoi in July and went to train street There was a man who had set up a tripod for his camera across the tracks from us waiting for a train to come past. The woman who you can see at 1:20 has a young son who warned the man at least 10 times that he was too close to the tracks and that the train would hit his camera. He just kept ignoring the young boy. Finally after waiting around half an hour for the train to pass the man soon realised the mistake he had made and had to grab his camera and run down a stairway 😂 . It was probably my favourite video I got in my visit to Hanoi. If a local is trying to give you advise, LISTEN TO THEM! THEY KNOW BETTER THAN YO DO!

hackhenk : The sentiment of this video is honestly beautiful. What a great way to end a spectacular season. Let's also show Franc the appreciation he deserves for immaculate filming technique. The drone shots from "Scars of the Secret War" are just breath taking. And a question, are you guys concidering adding some way for us to support you? I'd really like to help out.

arrbos : I have been a tourist in places where I've felt a similar discomfort. I'm there watching a show that's being put on for me. What right do I have to put myself in their lives? I want to make a connection with the real people, I don't want them to pretend to be something they're not for my sake. The fetishisation of the other is always lurking in the back of my mind, whether that's a farm family or reed raft group in Peru or a temple monk in Japan or a friends in LA showing me (a Canadian) around. And I can't help but wonder - do they actually hate me?

Ringkun Mori : Man, you are like, the better version of vice

sk'mo : Whether your work exploits people can be determined through one concept: reciprocity. Are you giving back in equal measure to what you have taken? Your example of paying the villagers is a good example of this. When you offered money, they reciprocated with work; when you shared your gifts, they shared their emotion. And this goes further. When you went to film the telephone booth and were confronted by those whose lives it was attached to, you had nothing to offer in return. You could not give back in kind because what you where taking was so personal and so intimate that all you can offer is -nothing-. Reciprocity is what determines if what we do which benefits us is harmful to others. The caveat to this is that we must be honest with ourselves in our reflection on our actions and allow those whose lives we affect to have a voice in those decisions, lest we rationalize ourselves into doing harm.

PeRK : Some may hate the term, but in my mind what best describes this Rare Earth project is philosophy. It's not the kind of philosophy that throws formal logic at you, nor is it particularly groundbreaking (most of the ideas and questions here have been around for a while already) but it is compelling. Very compelling. Perhaps it is to philosophy what scientific popularization is to science. A way in, an introduction. It's always struck me that the ideas you draw in your videos are not specific to whatever place you happen to be in. They're seemingly universal, they resonate with my own life and, I suspect, with the lives of others. I watch a video about the Burakumin, a nuclear tricycle or big funerary jars and I'm not left with any particular desire to go see those places for myself nor with some satisfaction of knowing a new bit of trivia to talk about, rather, I'm left with an idea, and I find myself drawing comparisons with my own world, my own "rare earth", the one that is directly around me and not half a world away. The locations you visit are a tapestry on which to weave these questions and derive these ideas. But it is not rare earth because what you show is exotic or far removed from my own experience, it's rare earth because it is so relatable, because what makes it rare is not the specifics of a given situation or location, what makes it rare is the same mechanics at play in my direct surroundings and in my own life. I don't feel like I have a necessarily better understanding of Japan, Cambodia, Laos, etc. thanks to Rare Earth. I do feel like I have a better understanding of my own life, or, at least, short of actual understanding, I've been led to pose some interesting questions about my own life. And isn't that what philosophy is about?

Dumman007 : There's a fine line between sharing experiences and history that defines a culture, and tourism that tries to show who they are and why they are but ultimately fails to show either. Having visited over 35 different countries, I know this to be very real, as this video and explained this. One thing that tourism can do, despite our best wishes, is to rob a society of it's culture and replace it with a tourism friendly culture. One that has changed to fit the customs of the people who come to look, but if closely looked at, still has the echoes and shadows of it's former culture. This video shows me that what you're attempting to do is hard, but I wish you luck to continue to share the experiences and history of a culture, instead of changing it.

Fiona : I think the difference between the phone box and Cambodia's war camp sites is the intent. By sharing the horrors of what occured in Cambodia you are creating awareness to stop something like that from happening again, but in the case of the phone box you would just be invading the grieving privacy of people who could not be helped by your broadcasting. Broadcasting misery is only worth doing if you do not give back to those people in some way. Broadcasting the grief of others, with no intent of aid, seems to just extend their misery - good journalism must give more than it takes.

Travel at 30 : Wow . I normally never comment on a video. But you sir are awesome. Love your video . Makes me appreciate earth so much more . Thank you.

Cooper Beggs : You are amazing, I love you. This is great. Absolutely great.

jordan elliott : I don't have a right to hear someone else's story. You don't have a right to tell someone else's story against their wishes. News is one thing, but "human interest journalism" tends to exploit. People are both lascivious and cruel.

smAsPa : I'm long past the time when you'll see this, I'm sure - but the heart you've been putting into this series is... infectious? Inspiring? Thank you, honestly, from the bottom of my heart, for considering these issues and for talking about them so honestly. I'm. . . not sure how I feel about your conclusion - The man isn't swinging silently, because you're telling us his story. And that's important. Respect his wishes. Exploit as little as possible. Share as much as possible. And do it all with a conscience. I think you're doing things all right.

OHM-968692 : No offence but this is what I think of you guys so far: You guys are tourists travelling Asia and searching for something unique just like every other tourist. The difference between you and the other tourists is that you actually try to learn about the place and talk about it so we can experience it without actually travelling there. You were a bit like Atlas Obscure but more and more you just tell local stories and folk legends instead of searching for the weird stuff. Again I don't think there is anything wrong with travelling as long as you try to be respectful where you go. And yes sure you exploit people, especially people who do not want to be shown since you guys always search for that lesser known thing and will inevitably show some part of the country and the people that does not want to be seen. It's why they have museums and tourists spots so people like you can learn about the place without disturbing it. But at the same time you guys are making a unique series which a lot of people like. So if you can live with the thought that you exploited someone and that people hate you... then is it ok? Is it worth it? This is also part of globalization and people will eventually have to deal with it. And it's not always a one way thing. The west gets tourists from Asia too. But I do think it's better that people watch your channel instead of hundreds of tourists disturbing people and not contributing money for it. It is also good that you talk about all these issues so people are more aware of it the next time they travel.

Shibop : Incredible video. I respect your decision. I will always treasure the experiences that you share with us. Thank you for making videos and please continue.

MAGIK MANN : this is such an underviewed channel and thats such a shame, the quality of this channel is astounding and the content more so

Serai3 : Dude, you're assuming we HAVE a "right to hear it". Who ever told you that? No one has a "right" to know a particular thing, no more than a "right" to gossip and spread rumors. It's a self-serving and harmful idea. A person's story belongs to them - if you want to tell it, you should ask permission, not just assume you have a regal right to it just because you want to be the one to tell everybody else.

Gregory Bogosian : 5:35 "mutual exploitation" is an oxymoron. Exploitation necessarily implies that one party is getting more out of it than the other.

Ben : Came from Tom's channel. Loved the video, subscribing and binge watching your videos. Amazing stuff.

Erigorn - Erik : For once, Youtube added a good video in the recommended section... Say hello to a new subscriber :)

Aeon Productions : Mate, I normally do not comment on videos... but big time kudo's man. You are one of too few people that really care about how you tell your story to others. What is journalism, what is filming, etc. On top of that, you seem like a really kind and nice dude (eh, Canadians really live up to their stereotypes I guess ;D) and incorporate a little humor alongside serious talk in your videos. Keep this up and I hope you stay as true to your vision/mission as you are now!

Hostile : They don't hate me, I'm Canadian, and so are you, Evan.

chrisisteas : I think the best solution for this is to sometimes show the influence tourists can have to a place. Like the video "The Town Where Gap Year Kids Went To Die" or with a video like this. Because I think not enough travelers realise that just by being there, the place is different.

Charles Damery : From the first video, I've looked at this series as one that would tell me stories about places that I'd never get to. On November 2, 2017 I suffered a major heart and ended up having a 3 way bypass. I got my sister to get me a laptop computer I could use in the hospital, I ended up in there for 34 days, 14 of with I was bed ridden. videos like this kept me going, something to look forward every week, that's what I used my computer, to aid in my recovery. I'm looking forward to season 3.

Mate Babic : How ever hard you try to convey this what you call "raw emotion" (the term itself shows the lack of understanding) you will never be successful since you did not live their lives and you can never fully understand those foreign cultures. Slapping on nostalgic music upon slow-motion captures of children playing in the dirt is such banalization that it's ridiculous. I know your heart is in the right place but that simply does not cut it. I just imagine you filming my grandma working the field in my village and it disgusts me. And why film? Is it so that someone can know my culture better - frankly more than not it is just a pill for people with wifi to feel good about themselves felling sorry for someone else - and that is not worth it. Film where you came from. That I wanna see. It should then make much more sense.

hdloki : Thanks, looking forward to the next season. Absolutely wonderful.

The Laughing Dove : I think you need to look again at the exploitation of people, simply because you are not approaching these people as people. You have described a world central to yourself, exploitation as a symbol, rather than looking for genuine ways to give people power over their own stories. Did you ever attempt to make any kind of peace with the human being swinging that broom, or are you justified in continuing to perpetuate exploiting simply because of your guilt? It's good to see a film maker documenting and acknowledging some of the consequences of this kind of action, but again, you gave none of the people involved any control over stories that belong to them. Why focus your efforts on justifying exploitation today yourself, like someone trying to pick legs off flies to see how they wriggle and telling themselves it's OK because they can't feel it, when you could put resources back. You could acknowledge better that emotion isn't always simple and visual and that these stories told are often real even if they are spoken softly. You could look into the reasons for the lies if they aren't. Instead you step slightly to the side so you can wash your hands of the people doing it worse than you without truly attempting to be better.

Gene Rybarczyk : At 5:03 the presenter says, "But in not telling that story, I'm denying your right to hear it." When was such a right ever established? In the USA, our Constitution's First Amendment says, amid other limits, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press ...." Many interpret that as, "the people have the right to know (whatever)," but the Amendment says no such thing. We have simply assumed the right to know everything, more or less. And to record images of it. And put it on the internet. In the USA, we may use the First Amendment as our excuse, but for the rest of the world? Do humans even care how much we dehumanize one another simply to exploit, or in this instance, "know" whatever we want to know? Do we humans, in any way, have the right to loose an amateur, international horde of paparazzi onto anything or anyone that catches our attention? What if it was you?

Avery Lopez-Baines : Aye, you're in Cuba!!! Enjoy it there! Proud of my Cuban heritage!!!

Bon Sheedy : We know you are next generation YouTube and we are thankful.

W Nij : I don´t care what says the law, if i lived in hard conditions and you started filming or taking photographs of me or my house i´ll bury your camera in your butt, period.

stell la : We have no right to demand you document someone's story. Their rights to privacy are more important. Foreigners have rights too and it's not right to scream and shout about our supposed "right" to information that's no ours.

Manolis Theofilos : The point is, we had no right to know about the phone in the first place.

Keah Creations : I like Rare Earth, but this video made me so angry. Rather than just be honest and acknowledge their own hypocrisy, Rare Earth has decided to state why they alone are somehow different, and how the blame for all their exploitation falls on the viewer because they "cant see the man with the broom". It's hidden behind some positive sounding wording, but the message is there; Rare Earth really doesn't think much of its viewers. Hypocrisy is inevitable in documentaries, but the good ones are able to own up to it. Here Rare Earth comes off like a child spouting excuses for a problem they brought up.

Joshua J : Beautifully said.

Circe : This is a deep and thought-provoking video. Thanks. As far as exploitation goes, you are right to say that 'somebody will always be exploited' one way or another. Socrates proposed the idea of 'virtue ethics', which judges a person not on their actions, but their intent. This I think is important when considering our impact on others. 'Exploiting' is one way to see it, but it is also a very skewed perception. For those who were willing to accept money and be filmed, it is a symbiotic relationship. Yet, for the wind phone, it sounds like more like ignorance than exploitation to me. We need to make these distinctions clear in order not to murky the waters of true injustices in this world. Somebody waving a broom at you because you took their picture is one thing, filming a dead person in a suicide forest and then laugh about it is something completely different. As long as your intentions are pure, and as long as you take time to reflect on your actions and its potential consequences, I think you have behaved responsibly. :)

shade_grey : I think that the stories that some people don't want to be told can be the most important. It tells us something about ourselves that some of us won't like. Would it benefit us to know those things? Speaking personally, there are stories that I do not wan't to be told. It'll expose me, render me emotionally naked to a gawking audience. The question is, would it benefit me if those stories were told? Would it benefit other people?

Nolsp : There is a popular belief in science(quantum physics?) that the mere act of measuring a thing influences the thing (I hope I got that right).

the artist formally known as craig lastname : Simple. It's exploitation if the person being filmed doesn't want to be filmed. It's also exploitation if the motive for filming is about career, money and glory. Many of these film makers really don't care about the subject and only care about the shot.

Jonatan Schewe : Dear Evan, the level of reflection in your videos is unprecedented! Keep up the good work. I want encourage you to take on even more complex topics in the future!

TheVideoGameTriangle : what good is self awareness if you arent going to fully recognize the implications that you draw from it. what good is mentioning the exploitation that you perpetrate if you aren't going to take full responsibility for it and investigate how you can lessen it. its the same concept as peoples volunteering trips to foreign countries, im sure it helps the community somewhat, but to what degree are you not dehumanizing the people who live there to fufill our "globalistic and inclusive" upper-middle class new yorker thinkpiece egos. I want to emphasize that I'm just as guilty of this as the next person, and I wont entirely discount this video for opening my perspective as a consumer of this kind of media. my opinion on this piece seems to be shaky, and honestly, i have to give it props for being so challenging. I hate it for the reasons listed above, but i cant help but thank it for opening my eyes to this man with the broom. anyone else feeling conflicted about it too?

Ben Hewitson : Evan, I though I had an answer for your question but by minute 3 the superficial response I had in my head started to mature over the following hours and subsequent re watches of your video. I don't have the skills to enter this debate on what is right and wrong but I can't help but feel you know what you're doing. Some times we look to people to answer the questions we haven't thought to ask and I'm satisfied to hear your story and either agree with your view or not and to use your experience as starting point and put my own twist and experiences on it. That's probably selfish of me to just rely on someone else but there it is. Evan and team. Thank you.