Every time NMR does some profile series of emerging YouTube creators or a batch of contest winners, I take a look at all their profiles, seeking out the ones I might like. Normally, I’m like, “Nope, nope, ugly, weird, superficial …” but this time I was like, “Hey, hey! This kid I kind of like.” Unfortunately, Ed Carrasco had already done an interview with him, so I had to interview Zachary Peacock instead (pathetic rimshot).
But seriously, Zach, star of Thatzak (a perfectly named channel because it turns out there are apparently a ton of people named “Zachary Peacock” on YouTube — it’s kind of like the digital version of “John Smith,” I guess) is making exactly the sort of channel I want to watch. His rants are incisive and funny, often socially motivated, and he’s not afraid to go against the tide of popular opinion. Plus, he’s condescending to his (now-ex) girlfriend — which I dig on hard. He might do other things besides rant-style videos, I don’t know, I don’t care (I’m not in the running for president of his fan club). I know what I like though, and this guy nearly has “it.”
I was going to say that he reminds me of a young me, but then I take a look at his life — he just won a 2013 YouTube Next Vlogger award, he’s got a popular channel that people subscribe to — clearly Zach Peacock is doing waaaaay better than me. If only YouTube was an option back when I was a young buck — back then, we only had ‘Nam. Wait, did I say ‘Nam? I meant Cheetos. Yeah, Cheetos ruined my life. Stay away from the orange dust, Zach, and you should be just fine.
Describe your channel in one AWESOME sentence.
Zach Peacock: Opinionated and acerbic vlogs delivered by a jerk with a heart of gold.
You’re quite opinionated. What’s one major issue that’s going to affect the millennials in the coming years and how can it be stopped/avoided?
I tend to mostly be opinionated about trivial things in my videos, so I’ll focus on an actually important issue. This is an issue that is currently going on, but is still getting worse and worse. Speaking from an American point of view, I’m very concerned about the rising cost of college education. Too many young people do not understand the true cost of higher education. When I was a senior in high school, I was made fun of by my peers because I was going to attend a community college. They asked me why I wasn’t going to a regular university, and I told them it was because I couldn’t afford it. “Just get student loans” was the response I heard time and time again. Student loans are not free money! You have to pay that back. That can take years if not over a decade to pay off. It used to be that a college degree guaranteed a job, but that’s not the case anymore. A college education is no longer a safe investment. I would still recommend in almost all cases that people pursue higher education, but students need to be aware that there are other options. Consider going to community college for two years before transferring to a university. Go to the state university instead of the out of state university. You can also learn a trade! There’s nothing wrong with learning a trade. We need those jobs and many of them do pay well. There just seems to be a lack of fiscal responsibility that’s pervasive throughout American culture. If scholarships don’t cover the cost and you don’t have well-off parents who are willing to foot the bill, then you need to consider going the affordable route because there’s a good chance these loans will cripple you as soon as you are handed that diploma. Another thing that can be done is to teach yourself fiscal discipline because high schools sure as hell aren’t teaching that. This answer ended up being longer than I expected, but I’m just very concerned that the rising cost of college education in the United States is creating a class of debt slaves with limited mobility and limited freedom.