As a platform, YouTube has opened up new opportunities for filmmakers, writers, pop culture critics, and other creative talents to share their work with the world. For female creators, YouTube and internet culture has often been a double-edged sword, allowing them to bypass the usual gatekeepers but often exposing them to hateful feedback online and even harassment in real life. In this new series Ladies of YouTube, I sit down with writers, camera women, and prominent personalities to discuss their work as well as the advantages and disadvantages of YouTube culture.
As a YouTube personality, Nika Harper
is, in a word, unique. Her shows for Geek & Sundry range from recreating video game weaponry in Arcade Arms
to imagining stories in story-less video games in Story Mode
and creative writing advice in Wordplay
. She took a break from her writing (and taking a bar mace to the chest) to talk about Geek & Sundry and finding her voice as a writer and vlogger.