When the uninformed think of VICE, the arts and culture magazine started in 1994, I’m sure images of uninterested hipsters pop into their heads. However, over the years VICE grown up (somewhat) and become a media powerhouse. They have created their own record label (featuring artists like Bloc Party and The Streets), produced films/videos, and published collected versions of their articles. Recently, VICE has shifted their priorities to more serious matters, taking their journalism into dangerous topics. Articles about art and sex are adjacent to pieces about war torn countries and civil unrest. This has propelled VICE to a strange place, maintaining their hipster chic while creating and maintaining an important image as serious journalists. They now have a show on HBO that serves as an outlet for their short documentary films, the first of which is available on youtube. I highly recommend it. Watch the trailer for the first season below.
Please note: Be prepared to see very real images of what is going on in parts of the Philippines and Afghanistan. The topics addressed in the show, such as child armies and suicide bombing, are very disturbing and gruesome.