In the wake of the Google Memo, and the Youtube Adpocalypse, I am seeing people start to fear their eventual cancellation from the video platform.
The worry is that voices that are critical of certain aspects of today’s society; that of Islam, Feminism, Social Justice and other pet issues of the Left, will be herded to the side, and eventually killed off. This had led some of them to wonder what strategy they might have to ensure their content is still viable on the platform.
There has been some suggestion to boycott Google in the vain hope that hitting them in the hip pocket would somehow sway them. However, I think this is a fool’s errand. Google has reached such a zenith that it is now so tightly woven into your internet experience, that you simply cannot avoid its reach. Google is the internet for mainstream users, along with Facebook. Google cares nothing for the money now. It has control of information, and is a greater asset for people seeking power.
For controversial voices to leave Youtube would be to give Google what they want. They would like nothing more than to have their “problematic” pocket of the behemoth fuck off elsewhere to leave behind those “approved” voices to spread their opinions unchallenged.
To these prominent “skeptics”, such as Teal Deer, Sargon of Akkad, et al, I would suggest continuing to use Youtube as a prominent (if secondary) platform just to ensure that a balance in views are maintained. Also, keep track of your subscriber numbers along with the view counts for the videos. Implore the community to keep you up to date if the audience has been surreptitiously unsubscribed, and use this information to shine light upon any nefarious wrongdoing.
By all means, plug the other platforms you’re using as well, but don’t abandon Youtube while it is in such a prominent position. I want to see dialogue between differing views happen, and an eventual opening up of civility for debate. This won’t happen if the video and content creators are divided between platforms, with Youtube being the mainstream, and the others (eg Minds.com, vid.me etc) becoming “That Right Wing Place”.
God, even as someone moderate, I think that “Right Wing” being used as a pejorative is a sign of how bad things have gotten. And I’m not Right Wing.
Although many would call my pleas for civility to be Right Wing anyway.
God I hate where we are.