Jordan Peterson and the Dirge of YouTube

It seems that YouTube, and Google by extension, has decided that rather than let what the people who made the site big in the first place want to watch, they are going to decide for us.  Yes indeed, they are going to tell us what is okay to watch, because after all, we aren’t adults who can make up our own fucking minds about things.  We are stupid children who have to have this website tell us what is appropriate to watch.  They said that to Jordan Peterson today.

Without any warning and without giving a single reason, they decided to suspend his YouTube account.  When he tried to go to his GMail account to ask what was going on, that was suspended too.  Upon seeing this, he appealed the suspension.  It was denied.  No reason given for that, either.  Peterson did get all of his accounts back.  How?  Because he is a popular person.  After he put the heat on YouTube with social media posts and writing articles, they reinstated him.  Had they not, this post would be another Bad PR post, because they would have started a garbage fire.  But Peterson was popular.  And the new bad day is just starting.

See, YouTube has released a new press release saying what they are going to do with YouTube channels that make controversial content in the future.  It will be done to videos that haven’t violated YouTube’s policies in any way.  That’s right, someone in a position of power is going to basically let us know that the thing we wanted to watch is bad.  Why?  Because YouTube said so!  They will immediately be unable to monetize their videos.  They will never be in anyone’s Recommended videos section.  They will also have features like comments, likes, and suggested videos removed.  It is being called the “Limited State.”  What’s more, all of this is going to happen without a SINGLE person being involved.  An AI program will do this for YouTube.  In essence, YouTube has told a computer what is appropriate for people, and now that computer is going to go out there and do everything they can to purge this content without openly deleting it.

YouTube has also said that this is just the beginning.  More and more types of videos are going to be added to their self-proclaimed blacklist in the months ahead.  They’ve promised that.

I remember the good old days of YouTube.  When it was the wild west.  Sure, you had to slog through a massive ocean of “YouTube stank,” as Jello Apocalypse put it, but you could find whatever you wanted to watch.  It was a golden age where people were able to make a stable living, peddling their views to the marketplace of ideas.  Don’t like that person’s views?  Well, you can bet that there is someone who is preaching to your choir that you can go see.  Or you can start your own channel to preach about how My Little Pony now caters to the alt-right.  No joke, there was an article where SJWs say that.  It’s amazing.  Whatever your point of view, it was open to make money off of and be in that marketplace for all to see.

But those days are gone.  Now we live in the days where the Wall Street Journal could run a hit-piece a PewDiePie and how a racist video has ads from Coca-Cola and some fashion brand all within two refreshes, which I contend is bullshit.  If it did happen, then that is the biggest jackpot of all time.  Especially since YouTube is very good about targeting ads to your demographic.  A museum in my state is in most of my ads that I see, unless it’s gamer content I watch. YouTube knows what’s-what.  And since advertisers are the biggest pussies in the world and are afraid that someone may see a video saying that Islam is bullshit with an ad from their company, now YouTube has decided to basically castrate their own service.  Why?  Because if someone’s offended, that makes them look bad!

No, YouTube, this makes you look bad.  You’ve basically decided to be the teacher who punishes the entire goddamn class for the actions of one dumbfuck kid.  That’s the meat and potatoes of this entire thing.  And rather than nut up and have a person involved in ANY of this bullshit, you said, “eh, fuck it!  Let’s just let some AI do the job!  Because that TOTALLY hasn’t backfired on us already.”  Anyone remember when YouTube had a bot mass-flagging videos with content ID matches?  It was a huge to-do a few years back, when a ton of film critics basically lost all their revenue because of the fact that the YouTube bot saw a clip from a movie in that video.  What’s more, just like with Peterson, there was NO communication from YouTube about any of this.  I swear, the more I see that company not talk to people who support it, the more I wonder if the inside of that place is like Mundus’ bank in DmC: Devil May Cry (I like that game, so fucking sue me).  It wouldn’t shock me.

I just know that this “limited state” bullshit is going to extend to anti-SJW content.  I just know it.  Because after all, Google has openly supported these kinds of people.  So podcasts like The Drunken Peasants?  Am I going to have hunt them down to see their stuff?  If they are completely unable to monetize any of their stuff at all, or have Super Chats for when they are live, then their income is effectively destroyed.  So they’re gone.  So many of the YouTubers that I watch and love will be crushed by this, all because YouTube and by extension Google are too pussy to tell the advertisers to nut up and deal with the fact that the video with Roosh V may have their products advertised on it.  I’m sure they’ll survive.

This is how YouTube dies.  If they go the distance with this, then effectively they will be destroyed.  And I guarantee, once the breeze changes, some young thing will come out there to capitalize on it.  “Do you wanna watch something other than cat videos?  Come to our site!”  I am not going to keep watching YouTube if the content I want to see is buried behind their Chinese wall.  I’m just not.  If YouTube wants to turn into TV, I’ll just go and watch Netflix.  Don’t have to wade through as much crap there.

Until next time, a quote,

“Bad decisions made with good intentions are still bad decisions.” – Jim Collins

Peace out,

Maverick

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Sexism in Gaming is a Joke (Part I)

I can’t believe that this didn’t occur to me.  It had on smaller levels, but it always seemed to elude me.  Maybe I was just too busy seeing the big failures to notice the little ones.  Maybe I’m kind of dumb and didn’t see what was right in front of my dumbass face.  Maybe this was one of those things that is so obvious that it goes without saying.  I don’t know.  In any case, a spectacular two-faced problem has been made known to me, and I feel the need to talk about it now.

I did a post some time ago where I went after the people who went on about how bad Rikkucomic book covers are.  They say that they “sexualize” women and are degrading.  But then something occurred to me.  Something that I should have seen before.  It occurred to me last night, as I was watching the latest episode of The Drunken Peasants.  It’s a podcast with a guy named Ben, TJ (who is also known as The Amazing Atheist) and TJ’s brother, Scotty.  Last night was my favorite of their episodes.  They had a woman named Mercedes Carrera on.  She is a porn star.  Immediately, people think of some ditz of any of the other negative stereotypes associated with porn.  Not at all, with her.  She could hold her own in a debate with just about anyone.  She is articulate and smart as a whip.  Also, she challenged Onision to a boxing match, stating that she had actually done real boxing before.  I personally would pay money to watch her beat the shit out of that psychotic asshole.  For real, it would be great.

But yeah, I was watching with a lady-friend.  She is a lady-friend who happens to be into other ladies.  Also a gamer, which is a nice thing.  For real, her nerd levels are higher than mine, and that’s saying something.  As we were watching, my lady-friend made an astute observation –

Why the fuck do women like Sarkeesian think that only straight guys enjoy seeing hot women?  I would have sex with a ton of women in the games I play.  Well, since I’m not a top, they would be having sex with me, but you get the picture.

That’s when a wondrous piece of hypocrisy hit me about modern feminism – it’s heterosexist.  A term that I learned about from a YouTube personality called Maddox.  And he raises a good point.  Women like Anita Sarkeesian and her ilk all believe that the people who admire sexy women in video games and the like are only heterosexual white men.  Do they not understand that there are women out there who like seeing a sexy lady be sexy?  There was a lovely quip by Mercedes about their problems with Bayonetta.

She was going on about how she does all these porn poses.  I’d like to see Anita do porn poses for an hour and a half!

Fucking classic.  These people all have this strange idea that the only people in the gaming industry are men.  I’ve already talk about the #NotYourShield tag, associated with #GamerGate.  The people who are rallying against “sexism in gaming” are people who blatantly ignore that there are people who enjoy gaming that are not just straight white men.  And this idea that only straight white men can enjoy sexy women is just insulting.

But all of this is really beyond the point.  Are only straight people able to appreciate good artwork?  That’s a point that Maddox raised in his video about comic books.  I was in class with a guy, as big a flaming queen as is possible to be, who thought that Katy Perry is “SO fucking hot!”  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I can already hear the opposition –

Oh come on!  Those things are clearly made to pander to a specific audience!

Okay, that’s fine.  Here’s my rebuttal – who is that shitty “Fifty Shades of Grey” film pandering to?  For real, that is just as much pandering as hot women in video games.  Only, this is worse.  In the equally-shitty book, it’s straight-up porn.  For real, there’s no arguing against that.  It’s porn.  That is designed with a very clear intention – to wet the panties of middle-aged women who have a stale marriage that they want to believe in again.  Oh, I’m sorry, did I just stereotype based on just what I can see and not look at any other factors?  Annoying, isn’t it?

When you see women like Mercedes Carrera, independent and openly in control of her sexuality, getting attacked by the SJW crowd, then it becomes blatantly apparent that they don’t give two fucks about actual equality.  After all, if they did, then they would be right behind her.  I am right behind her, and not just because both me and the lady who watched her with me thought that she’s hot.  I’m also behind her because she is smart, strong and doesn’t take shit from anyone.  Hell, she openly challenged an immature asshole to a boxing match, and I would pay good money to watch her beat the ever-loving shit out of that man-child.

For all the claims about sexism in gaming, lesbians and bisexual women are routinely ignored.  And any women in my audience who fall in the same category as my lady-friend, or even in the category of Ms. Carrera, do let me know if you agree or disagree.

Until next time, a quote,

“So yeah, I’m a big geek, who does porn.”  -Mercedes Carrera, The Drunken Peasants Podcast

Peace out,

Maverick