Reddit's trying out something new: it's launched its own, original mini-series of web videos. Bases on its Explain Like I'm Five subreddit, it explores political and social issues in a way anyone can understand.

This first one, for instance, takes on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche—and explains it to five-year-olds. The idea at Reddit though, rather than to strike out in a completely new direction, is to encourage users to create fresh content themselves. Erik Martin, Reddit's General Manager, told Hollywood Reporter:

"For us, it's more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows ... based on Reddit content."

Also in the series? "The Crisis in Syria" and "The Volatility of the Stock Market". They're ambitious topics, and the videos see actors Michael Kayne and Langan Kingsley explaining them to young kids. What do you think of them? [Reddit via Hollywood Reporter]