PewDiePie and the Death of Old Media

Before you go off and say that I am doing what everyone else has been doing and mining what has happened for clicks, hear me out.  I got me degree in Journalism and Public Communication.  I have an understanding of this medium better than most.  And it is because of that that I feel a great sense of shame and pity for what has happened here.  Everything about what has happened was a sign of how the medium that I grew up loving, who was supposed to be the vanguards of democracy, is failing.  And there is no coming back from it.  But here’s the thing – we all should have seen this coming.  From a long ways off, this was apparent to me.  It’s happened before, and it now it is beginning to happen again.

Where did it start?  You could make the argument that it most recently started with the Wall Street Journal putting out a video which was an unfounded hit-piece on the YouTube personality PewDiePie.  There was no defending that video.  None.  It was such blatant bullshit that you felt ashamed of yourself watching it.  To think that a news outlet that was once believed to be a very respectable source could make an attack video against a YouTuber for a video where he was blatantly satirizing the people calling him racist and making a joke about finally giving in and becoming a Nazi.  It was all so obvious, and the Internet tore the Journal to pieces over it.  But that isn’t where it started.

Maybe it started back in 2014, with a little uprising known as GamerGate.  Indeed, the parallels between what happened to Felix and that instance are rather shocking.  We have a corrupt press colluding together to take on an Internet culture that is clearly a threat to their industry, and now we see the beginnings of a new culture war.  And just like with the “Gamers are Dead” articles, now we have every major media outlet releasing a barrage of articles lambasting Felix and his politics.  Also just like GamerGate, this is blowing up in the media’s face so badly that not one person involved is walking away clean.  I don’t think this is where it started either.

The first time I truly got a taste of the downfall was looking at a video on NPR.  I didn’t believe what I was seeing.  There was a link to a video that was, quite literally, an unboxing video.  That’s right, NPR, one of the most respected journalism outlets who does some truly biting work from time to time examining critical issues. was doing an unboxing video.  It was of a PS4.  A lot of people tried to make the argument that they were trying to talk about unboxing videos.  That’s wrong.  It wasn’t a video about unboxing.  It was a fucking unboxing video.  I was so embarrassed for them at that point.  However, that most certainly wasn’t where it started.

So where was it?  Where was the great downfall of the media’s beginning?  The beginning of the Internet?  Getting closer, but still no bueno.  It was actually around the time when Princess Di was killed.  The news at the time wasn’t talking about the facts of her death.  Instead, they were creating narratives.  It couldn’t be enough that a great woman died.  No, the narrative had to be that a wonderful, fantastic woman died.  And her passing needed a good catch phrase and sad music to be played over it.  It was when cable news decided to come into the picture and turn the news from a discussion about the events of the day that transpired, to a narrative telling their audiences how to think about the news.

Here’s the thing – this idea of unbiased reporting is bullshit.  There is no such thing.  You can strive to be as unbiased as possible, have a rigorous vetting process to remove the scruples of bias to whatever extent you can.  But the cold hard truth is that you still have to deal with the fact that bias exists, and it will always be there.  Edward R Murrow admitted his bias, but his way of counter-manning it was to let the other side have its day.  He let Joseph McCarthy come on his show and give a very passionate defense of his position, where he called Murrow and his ilk all sorts of unprofessional names.  In giving his stage to his opposition, Murrow did more to cement how right he is in the eyes of the public.  Still, Murrow was biased.  The best minds are.  Walter Cronkite told some harrowing stories about the war in Vietnam, but he did so with an agenda to get the troops out of there.  He had a bias, but he had enough dedication to his craft to make sure to get people to the truth as close as he could.  It wasn’t hard to sell people on the war in Vietnam being a bad idea.

PewDiePie is the victim of a medium that is lost.  Print media is dying.  I feel it all the time.  I am just one of a thousand blogs that are ignored by the masses.  My audience is still pretty awesome, but I realize that I am part of a bygone era.  I don’t have video-making chops.  This is the best I can do.  Like all animals that feel their end coming, the media is lashing out.  PewDiePie makes for an easy target.  His popularity cannot be overstated.  Traditional media has to work very hard for all of their stories.  Felix basically just gets in front of a camera and plays video games, then he makes millions.  He makes astronomical amounts of money just by exaggerating his expressions while playing video games, and now making more original content.  Of course the media who has to work hard to make any content would despise such a person.

And for those who will say “it’s not anything to do with that!  It was the fact that he used Nazi imagery in his videos!”  First, the video they went after was so cherry-picked and avoided context where Felix showed that he has no love for Nazis, but decided to give the media who attacked him to no end what they wanted.  They do everything they can to take his videos out of context.  And when the Internet took them to task for it, the media overall decided to try and make it in to a big deal about how context doesn’t matter.  Actually, dumb fucks, it does.  It really does.

Old media is dying, and its final death throes will not be pretty.  But I don’t miss them.  Sure, the person who spent $40,000 on a degree like me would be pissed that some guy on YouTube can make boatloads of money.  But I don’t see any of them trying to make a niche for themselves.  I mean, when a high school dropout can become the biggest atheist channel on YouTube and last for longer than anyone else on the site, that means that if you can keep a fresh idea and change up for your audience enough, then you can make a new brand for yourself.  Media has to change with the times.  Its refusal to do so leads to some unbelievably sad things.

Until next time, a quote,

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s All Be Nazis! (Part One)

I had been saying for some time about how I was going to do a blog about this, and I never really got around to it, so I figured that now I would actually get down to business.  I kept getting side-tracked, but now I am finally going to write about this, and I guarantee that you are going to be amazed.  You are going to be genuinely amazed (not in a good way, at all, trust me) at the subject matter that I am going to be talking about today.  I recently was told about a website called Prothink.org.  Don’t let the name fool you, there is not a single bit of actual thought in this website at all.

I was originally told about this site from one of my favorite YouTubers, Richard Coughlin.  He made a rather hilarious video talking about the stupidity of them, or rather, a video that they made.  I am not going to waste any time massively attacking this website, and I mean for this to have two parts.  The group who runs this website is led by a guy named Mike Delaney.  Why is it a lot of the hardcore bigots that I talk about are named Mike?  That is a very distrubing trend.  Don’t name your kid Mike, as a rule (nah, I’m just fucking with you).  Let’s just say that Mike has his own thoughts about Jews and Jewish people.

Adolf Hitler was, is and will always be the most dangerous character in history due to his resistance against Judaism, combined with his eloquence in explaining why Judaism must be resisted. Some of us Jew-fighters have a personal motto, delenda est judaica, or Judaism must be destroyed.

Yeah, that little gem is from one of his main articles, entitled “Behind the Holocaust:  What was Hitler’s Unforgivable Sin?”  It is just another piece of stupidity, driven by ignorance, and led by a person who has good grammatical skills, and not the vaguest understanding of history.  He talks about how the Jewish people wanted to destroy Germany (pre-World War II) and how they continue to want to destroy the world today.  This is just the first article on this intellectually void garbage that I suffered my way through as I wanted to get a clear picture of what these people actually believe.  How the article ended put it all in perspective.

Anyway, let us recognize the Holocaust for what it is, a device to make the idea of debt-free currency repellant to our minds, because anyone who would do it really just wants to gas the Jews.”

That quote is so stupid that it hurts.

Holocaust denial is a pathetically ugly thing.  I got to experience it myself recently, when I met a real, true-blue Holocaust denier, and when I listened to this rather articulate (although completely idiotic) man speak, I felt myself have this growing urge to throw this man in front of a bus.

The video that Coughlin made fun of was one that they put out (and later deleted) talking about how Family Guy was a weapon of the Jews.  Never mind that the show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane is an outspoken atheist (like me, in case any of you dipshit white supremacists decide to come at me about being a Jew, which is the most common reply that anyone who criticizes them gets), but it is apparently a weapon of the Jews.  I put a link to Coughlin’s video above.  Check it out, it is very funny.

But back to the website.  They have a section of the site called Holohoax, where they give “scholarly” (if only these people knew what that meant) references to pages talking about how the Holocaust was a giant hoax designed to bring revenue into the Jewish community.  One of their claims is that Jews don’t allow research to be done on the Holocaust, which is such complete and utter bullshit that it makes me feel so sick.  They also claim that not a single body has been found.  There is no physical evidence of the Holocaust ever having taken place.  Yeah, apart from all those mass-graves, direct testimony from vicitms and from perpetrators, and the chambers where people were gassed, there isn’t a single bit of evidence.

Another section of their website is called Protocols.  This has some lovely little tidbits, like about the Jews killed JFK (I’m not fucking with you, they actually have a video about this, which is so incredibly stupid), how they are planning on taking over the world, and a list called “Protocols of the meetings of the learned Elders of Zion.”  Let me give you a few choice bits from this part as well.

5. In the beginnings of the structure of society, they were subjected to brutal and blind force; afterwards – to Law, which is the same force, only disguised. I draw the conclusion that by the law of nature, right lies in force.

11. The political has nothing in common with the moral. The ruler who is governed by the moral is not a skilled politician, and is therefore unstable on his throne. He who wishes to rule must have recourse both to cunning and to make-believe.

12. Our right lies in force. The word “right” is an abstract thought and proved by nothing. The word means no more than: Give me what I want in order that thereby I may have a proof that I am stronger than you.

29. It is this possibility of replacing the representatives of the people which has placed at our disposal, and, as it were, given us the power of appointment.

Okay, I realize that this is vague, and that is because these people write with big words, and small brains.  Let me put it simpler for you: they think democracy is a farce and that people need to be controlled, there needs to be no freedom of any kind, liberty is a lie, education needs to be strictly controlled, industries should be led by monopolies (and yet they say that they support communism, FAIL!), the free press needs to be destroyed, there needs to be an ideological purging of the world, and the list goes on and on.

Let me say that these people make me sick.  These people are so wondrously stupid and so hopelessly bigoted, yet want to pass their bigotry off as something more.  Hey Mike, are you listening (not you, Mike Voris, I’ll get back to you another day)?  Let me say something to you – just shut up and stay off the internet, because you are a flaming moron, and that is a fact.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s a fucking cartoon!  The dog speaks!  It’s a talking dog!  This is like arguing that Donald Duck demoralizes that good servicemen and women of the Navy cause he’s got a fucking sailor’s outfit on.”  -Richard Coughlin, The Last White Man Standing

Peace out,

Maverick