The Jimquisition: The Good Boys Of YouTube

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Tmartn and ProSyndicate were believed to have done naughty things, but they’ve been scientifically proven innocent thanks to FTC findings.

That IS how it works.

Oh, and just before we were ready to wrap, PewDiePie went ahead and did something shit. Again.

George
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George

I never thought that I would be the one to say this…but I think youtube needs a lot more regulation than it currently has, simply as it has become a defacto publisher of content. The moment around 8-9 years ago when people started looking at Youtube like a way to make money and spread messages rather than a place to upload funny things we started down this road. PewDiePIe’s racial slurs are actually not a big deal compared to Tmartn and ProSyndicate attempting to sell a potentially addictive behavior to minors. There’s also a vile and reprehensible phenomenon of the… Read more »

WyattGr
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WyattGr

Something I’m just sad about is how kind of ordinary the reactions are going when you look at how people view celebrities. And yes, Pewdie is a celebrity, just as Jim has said, and just as many YouTubers have said the opposite because they aren’t ready to realize the power of consequence yet. Look at Bill Cosby, horrible disgusting human being the world is tired of because of what he did. Except, he was doing it for decades and getting away with it. All the other court cases, public ignored them. A book written by the kid from The Cosby… Read more »

Me x
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Me x

I find it equal parts amusing and infuriating that some of the comments on the YouTube video are dismissing Jim’s points offhandedly and asking him not to become an “SJW” or lean in any way towards the left. Hey… YT commenters… Jim has kind of been left wing for a few years now… this isn’t news… are you new here???

By the way: don’t read the YouTube comments. I’m lucky I had enough spoons today to stomach as much as I did before bailing.

MuddyScarecrow
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MuddyScarecrow

FFS I am getting so tired of video game developers jumping onto their morally superior high horses and damning everyone else in the process. This reminds me a lot of the time when Playtonic removed Jontron from Yooka Laylee and then proceeded to insult people who wanted to revoke their preorders because of this. To be perfectly clear I despise the term “virtue signalling” and see it as nothing more than another pointless word to shut down arguments from people who have no valid arguments to make. But whenever I see developers loudly announcing how disgusted they are with an… Read more »

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

These guys are like the popular kids who always take things too far, who bully people and do mean-spirited “pranks”, who break or spoil things for everyone else because they’re wrapped up in that attitude of “If what I’m doing wasn’t okay, then surely I wouldn’t be so popular!” In reality, once you’re popular people will constantly excuse what you do and even redefine what they consider “too far” rather than threaten the sense of self they invested in being a fan of you. For example Jontron was the first youtuber I subscribed to years ago (another guy fond of… Read more »

Yusblind
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Yusblind

Jim, you should have taken more time to think about the second half of the video.
Outside of the fact that they’re youtubers, scammers doing scams then getting away with it and Pewdiepie saying a bad word then getting a ton of attention are unrelated. Even in the video itself you completely fail to establish a link between the two topics.

Austin_SJ
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Austin_SJ

People now work with the approach that once you support someone any time you admit they are wrong reflects on you and represents weakness. Over time this develops into a paranoid obsession with the opposition to whoever you support, as they are out to undermine and destroy you. Of course because you can’t admit to any weakness the only way they could destroy you is through elaborate global conspiracy. The internet enables you to surround yourself with others who think in the same twisted way as you and encourage you to become more vocal in your support of your beliefs.… Read more »

helpinghand
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helpinghand

in this i think jim is perfectly right to rest some of the blame on pew pew, here’s my reason i think of you tube like a country and ads like its currency the people are advertisers who use you tube, now one day this country appoint a new figure head think of it like the British queen shes a symbol but nothing more she has no real power, now on day this figure head decides to to walk out to the press and take a turd in front of them this then i turn makes the currency value go… Read more »

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I managed to avoid Undertale spoilers for 2 years. Finally saw True Pacifist on the basis of my own efforts last week. I have decided that it is the only ending, none of the others exist, and I deleted the game from my PS4 to remove any temptation otherwise. I managed to avoid NiER: Automata spoilers for months now. Finally got Ending E last night. I made plans around what I thought might be coming, but I still wasn’t prepared and my plans lie forgotten in the back of my mind. Last year, I remember shouting in triumph when I… Read more »

JackieGoOutside
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JackieGoOutside

Yeah, I DON’T understand why no one has stepped in and got rid of the racist, harassment, etc. channels. There’s huge swaths of YouTube that’s Nazis and white supremacist and these channels have thousands of subscribers. YouTube is in a sorry state and it needs to get its ass in gear.

Chris
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Chris

I find it pretty saddening that there’s an abundance of “oh no someone said a bad word on the internet!!!” comments in response to a guy who quite literally invents new ways to swear on a weekly basis. There’s no time for understanding context, thinking, or even reading for that matter, in the race to be the first clever guy in the comment section. To make a two-paragraph rant short: there’s a difference between profanity and language that is absolutely damaging. There’s nobody above these cultural stipulations, no matter how intellectual you think you are. Oh, and the Tmartin and… Read more »

Doublep
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Doublep

But does anybody have a link to the Pewdiepie incriminated video? Possibly with the exact time at which it happens, watching an entire Pewdiepie let’s play may permanently damage my psyche. According to his defenders it happened on a livestream, and he immediately apologized, in which case i feel slightly sorry for him (as sorry as you can feel for somebody who still made a shitload of money out of the video), as he made a mistake, and tried to make up for it as best he could. For some others commenters on youtube, the video was pre-recorded, so he… Read more »

Dr.Sun
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Dr.Sun

Jim risked a lot of sarcasm this week. Guess I wait to see how many heads it goes over.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

As many problems as the British legal system has I can’t help but feel a bit proud that it hammered Nepenthez, the absolute scumbag that he is, into the ground as hard as was possible. As for Pewdiepie, this is twice now. You have to wonder what’s going on in the heads of the people responsible for this sort of stuff at youtube, a site where videos containing even relatively tame levels of swearing/profanity get demonotised instantly but Pewdiepie seems to be able to get away with it. You’d think youtube’d have done something by now, especially considering that at… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

People don’t want to have to think too hard about morals and ethics. They like something, they want to keep liking it, and holding someone accountable is just… inconvenient. At least we can take some small comfort that transparency rules will now apply to YouTube and video game gambling from here on out…. to an extent. I would love for Blizzard to have to be transparent about the probability ratios of their loot boxes. The example of people caring more about a journalist not being good at Cuphead, reminds me of the NFL. People will excuse dog fighting, drunk driving,… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I am in no way defending Pew, but the Firewatch dev was in the wrong for DMCAing him. Whether or not LPs are Fair Use is up for debate, so long as a court hasn’t weighed in and set legal precedent. But, DMCA is for copyright infringement, and the dev selectively chose Pew’s videos, while leaving up everyone else’s. That’s similar to taking down videos with criticism you don’t like.

Depending on your stance with LPs and Fair Use, you either have to hit them all, or none of them.

MuddyScarecrow
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MuddyScarecrow

Jesus Christ, this Pewdie motherfucker. I was kind of on his side with the Nazi thing cuz while what he did was stupid (INCREDIBLY STUPID) the Wall Street Journal absolutely did a non ethical jurnalizm by trying to say that rather than just making a really stupid and tasteless joke he was an actual Nazi. That was shameful. But now? Like…Jesus Christ dude you’ve got a target on your back so big it’s a wonder you can even carry it. Say what you will about Jontron at least he ducked his head down for a very long while and seems… Read more »

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

The part about the ESRB had me thinking: have politicians campaigned against YouTube the same way Jack Thompson (and other bastards) did against videogames yet? So far they have tried “anti-piracy” acts (and usually focused on the Internet as a whole); but I don’t remember them exploiting moral panics the same way they did with videogames.

Anton
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Anton

So, in about a week, we’re getting a PewDiePie video about how much he’s matured and how he sees now that word is a BAD (who knew, right?)

In a two weeks he’s going to go on a rant about how everyone is just out to get him because he’s the voice of the generation.

In a month he’s going to top himself and say something even worse, and nothing will have been learned.

Does that about sum up his cycle? Cause I swear this already happened three times already.

Terry Osaurusies XI
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Terry Osaurusies XI

I’m totally ready for some controversy to distract from the paralysing depression of real life. Bring on the idiots.

JIryn
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JIryn

All Freedom of Speech (at least in the U.S.) means is that you may speak out against the government and the government’s policies without legal repercussion. Even then, the right has provisions, such as you cannot threaten a high ranking official (I.E. the President) and not expect legal issues. It does not mean you can say anything anytime and expect your words to not carry weight or repercussions, nor does it mean we have to listen to someone’s bullshit and not tell them to shut up. Finally, if a private owned entity, such as Facebook, Twitter, or even Jimquisition decide… Read more »

SadOldGuy
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SadOldGuy

Thank you Jim. I know that you have enough on your plate with videogame companies screw ups but here comes YouTube drama to screw up one of our few sources of semi-independent media.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

The comments I saw in my twitter feed yesterday. ‘Can we not blow the Pewdiepie situation out of proportion’ ‘It isn’t that big a deal’. The guy as far as I’m aware has history of making racist comments during commentaries, which he’s generally either able to get away with or with a light slap on the wrist. He’s an arsehole.

Still Campo Santo have issued a DMCA for his Firewatch coverage and will also do so for any future games as well.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

[Googles Tmartin-or-however-youspell it.]

[His channel has 3 million + subscribers]

WHAT-HOW-WHAT-WHYYYYYYYY.

What do people need, for him to piss on the Pope!?

Deena
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Deena

When someone shows you who they are, believe them. The fact that Pepe le Pewdz’s first instinct is always to reach for racist or antisemitic humor says enough about how far up his own ass he is.