Name: Jack Corbett
Home: Granville, Ohio
Currently living: A two-bedroom apartment in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles that he shares with a roommate.
Claim to be famous: Mr. Corbett is an assistant producer on the NPR show “Planet Money” who creates chaotic, unpolished videos about economics for TikTok. Using pixelated graphics and low-resolution editing, he creates skit-like primers on complex economic topics like Korean jeonse loanHow NFT bubble can be explained by the larger trick theory, and stealing time for low-wage workers.
“I try not to learn how to do things the right way,” said Mr. Corbett, who shoots his videos on a refurbished iPhone X.
Big break: After studying film theory at Ohio State University, Mr. Corbett was hired in 2019 as an intern on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, where he helped produce segments with Taylor Swift, Coldplay and others.
He asked for help with “Planet Money” and made a video explaining how the stock market works with built-in circuit breaker Use found images of peaceful waterfalls and horses. It was uploaded in 2020 and has been viewed more than 300,000 times. After commenters praised its educational value and unusual humour, higher-ups at NPR encouraged Mr. Corbett to keep posting.
Latest project: When Starbucks workers in Buffalo started it last December, Mr. Corbett created a 90 second video on how to organize a union in four easy steps. Organized labor was important to his great-grandparents, who worked in the steel mills of Youngstown, Ohio and the coal mines of West Virginia.
“I know consolidation is a real challenge, but the path to consolidation is much easier than anything I’ve ever had to do for the DMV,” he said. “Sometimes these processes or concepts turn out to be much less complicated than they seem.”
Next thing: Mr. Corbett is working on a music video for a super popular song by Madge, an artist and producer in Los Angeles. The video, which will be released this spring, is intended to be disorienting, as if someone had accidentally dropped the camera. “Music videos are the ultimate unrestricted way to create experimental video content,” he says.
Romantic: Mr. Corbett listens to a lot of Romantic classical music, sometimes playing in the background of his “Planet Money” videos. He likes the moodiness of Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin and the famous “cute cake” Franz Liszt. “They are very sad at night, and sometimes their furniture is a bit spooky,” he said. “All of these traits are things I see in myself.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/style/jack-corbett-planet-money-npr.html How Jack Corbett Makes Economic Theories Bad for TikTok