Allow Jon Bois to compete at the Emmys

Allow Jon Bois to compete at the Emmys

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Joseph Riley started this petition to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Jon Bois is one of the most forward thinking artists working today -- and while his content is only available on YouTube and SB Nation's website, his series such as "The Bob Emergency" and "The History of the Seattle Mariners" are worthy of consideration for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. In recent years, the Emmys have opened up to online series such as those airing on Netflix and Hulu, and while Bois's videos do not have the backing of big-name producers as those often do, his sheer creativity and artistic insight should prompt members of the Academy to strongly consider his work for recognition.

The line between television and the internet has become razor-thin over the past decade, and creators like Jon Bois are rendering it virtually non-existent. As proof of this, I submit the New York Times' coverage of his content in their Television section on two separate occasions. The New York Times is perhaps the paper of record in the United States, and if they believe a work to be television, the Academy should as well.

Finally, I would like to once again emphasize Bois' artistry. His ability to create meaningful and sometimes transcendent moments using software like Google Earth and Microsoft Excel is dumbfounding, as is his dedication to exploring fascinating minutia. I'll leave you with perhaps the prototypical Jon Bois moment -- one that defines his ethos better than any other.

https://youtu.be/dcGamPqUIxI?t=2991

"There are no dull stories. People are full of wonder. No matter how you study our history, you will always, always find it."

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