An older Millennial trying to embrace what makes her generation special.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Why Does the Media Lie?

Tomorrow, I will tell you all about Fuller House and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Christmas episode. I haven't seen Sabrina yet, and McKenna Grace is why I want to talk about both together.

But today I woke up particularly pissed off at the media, and they didn't even do anything today.

But I've been mad at them since February 2017. We have journalists out there literally dying to report the truth, a President who says that reporters are the enemy and spreads propaganda about fake news.

Then we have Ben Fritz, and other reporters of major news outlets that want so badly to paint YouTubers in a bad light that they deliberately misreport information and only tell half of the story.

I would love for those assholes to have to switch places with the reporters that lost their lives to make sure the people knew the truth.

I love PewDiePie. I don't love everything he does, but he's funny and he is incredibly genuine.

But he is a very easy target for the media, especially since he publishes his own lapses in judgement to the Internet.

But you can never kill PewDiePie.
This is what an obsession looks like.

So this whole saga began in 2017, when "Wall Street Journal" wrote not one, not two, but four articles to drag PewDiePie's image through the mud. Mind you, some of these articles were written after they had already succeeded in getting Disney and YouTube to cut ties with the creator, and one of them was written to defend themselves after Felix had called them out for deliberately misreporting information in one of his videos.

This is a screenshot from 2017, and I'm not going back behind the paywall, but one thing that really stood out back then that they never retracted or corrected is that they called PewDiePie out for showcasing a swastika that was made in his mobile game TuberSimulator, but never explained that he did it to tell players to stop doing that.

What is even sadder is after that, it was brought up that Ben Fritz was a hypocrite because he made some very racist and anti-Semitic Tweets between 2009 and 2015, nothing ever happened to him. Not even when "The Daily Stormer" claimed that PewDiePie was a social justice warrior attacking poor Ben Fritz:

Wall Street Journal still didn't care though.
I absolutely refused to click on that article.
The damage against PewDiePie was done, however. He can't so much as blink the wrong way without media standing up to paint him as a Neo-Nazi, usually over mistakes.

But what's even more infuriating is how one sided these articles are. Nobody wants to admit Felix does any good. In fact, I did a Google news search to see which major media outlets stepped up to talk about PewDiePie raising roughly $200,000 for Child Rights and You, an Indian charity to stop child labor in India.

Metro. End of list. The rest were all blogs, many of which specialize in YouTube related news.

And I took to Google to see who had the balls to see who reported it when PewDiePie was one of the YouTubers that called out the Better Help scandal. The only article I found even mentioning the Better Help scandal was from The Atlantic.

Having an agenda is not reporting the news. Only telling half of the truth is not the news. Misconstruing facts for clicks is not the news.

It's not even ethical. Reporters have a responsibility to ask who are they hurting and who are they benefiting by reporting a story. Only the people writing the articles are benefiting from spreading misinformation about PewDiePie, but they are hurting new media as a whole with these articles.

We live in a world where the media's credibility is being called into question from the very top. It's so frustrating and dumb that there are reporters out there giving people a reason to doubt that anyone is reporting the truth - especially when it comes to YouTube videos. It takes less than 15 minutes for anyone to independently fact check, so reporters need to be especially careful.

Has PewDiePie shown bad judgment? Yeah. Was it intentional? Not really, and the times it was, he didn't fully understand what it was he was promoting. Is he a bad person? No.

Ben Fritz, however, is still working for the Wall Street Journal and is currently pimping a book, so you know... justice.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

I Messed Up

So, because I had a content planner, I thought I had to fill it. No page could be blank.

I still stand by content planners. It is a great way to keep track of content that I want to write, and when it makes the most sense for it to come out. And there is some stuff I'm actually excited about writing that's about to come out.

But then I also filled in the blanks with stuff that I didn't actually want to write. And feeling like I had to write something I didn't want to write was making me feel burned out.

And it hasn't even been two months. I messed up hardcore.

I'm absolutely fine with the fact there won't be daily content anymore, because there's plenty here for someone who just discovers the blog. And I'm still going to write. Fuller House, the Christmas episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the 29th anniversary of The Simpsons are all coming out this week.

Plus, I've been watching a lot of Christmas movies that I might want to dissect. Okay, not a lot, per se. I've seen Elf and It's a Wonderful Life twice and both Home Alones four times. I have newfound feelings about the sequel. And I just bought A Christmas Story. Every year it comes on TV, I try to do a challenge to see how many times I can see it in 24 hours. I might attempt it early this year, though, since people have banned me from their TVs during the holidays.

I'm also playing around with Gutenberg so I can update my opinions on WordPress. So, there is still going to be content, and I'm going to be excited about the content.

It just won't be everyday.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Let's Talk About This Year's YouTube Rewind

Let's remember when YouTube Rewind was good.

How can I put this delicately and objectively?

YouTube Rewind 2018 is a flaming dumpster fire.

I originally wasn't going to link to it, because I wanted to save your souls, but I'm realizing that it'll be requisite to explaining why it's a cringe-worthy circlejerk. But before I get into that, or how much everyone hated this year's Rewind and how justified that was, I do want to say something I did like about this year's YouTube Rewind.

Simone Giertz was in it. I have a lesbian crush on Simone Giertz and her brilliant mind. I was so sad she had a brain tumor, and I'm glad she's made it through okay. It's also cool that they featured more non-English YouTubers, and more animators.

End of list. It's even the first YouTube Rewind that does not have Rhett and Link in it.

Anyway, here is the video for your reference:

Let's dive right into this dumpster fire.

First, let's start with the likes to dislikes ratio:

People really do not like this video.
That is 5,292,307 dislikes to 1,762,875 likes. That is three times as many dislikes. I put it in a calculator to double check. Before watching the video, there's one reason people can think of as to why the video is so disliked, and it doesn't make sense. Pewdiepie isn't in this one.

But he wasn't in 2017's either, and that one has about twice as many likes as dislikes. It has more views with less reactions, even. So, what is so odious about the 2018 YouTube Rewind?

Well, it starts with everyone's favorite YouTuber Will Smith announcing he can control Rewind, so that can't possibly be it. He wants Fortnite and Marques Brownlee, which is innocent enough, but then all of a sudden, Ninja is driving the Battlebus. Ninja. The Twitch streamer Ninja is featured in 2018's YouTube Rewind, but not Rhett and Link. Cool.

Then there's more Fortnite, Liza Koshy appears out of nowhere, and then we transition to a campfire scene where Liza lets the other YouTubers know that they control Rewind this year.

This is where it gets cringy.

The Merrell Twins and Casey Neistat decide they want K-Pop. This apparently caused some controversy with K-Pop fans - I read comment sections. YouTube apparently had stolen views from BTS earlier this year, and by making reference to the very video they stole views from, fans were angry that YouTube took advantage in this way.

Then they mashed up the Royal Wedding and Bongo Cat, which would have maybe been cute if they hadn't said it was going to happen. YouTube Rewind 2018 isn't as organic as other Rewinds, and it makes it so hard to watch.

Then ASAP Science wants to do science, and Safyia Nygaard decides they should melt lipsticks. I mean, I guess that's on brand for them, so I can't really comment.

Then some Asian YouTubers I don't know decide to do a mukbang in Korea. There's nothing wrong with mukbang, and I already said I liked the inclusion, so this part was okay.

Then a dog I don't know wanted Rosanna Pansino to make him cake. I'm not okay with that. I get that it's supposed to be the dog's fantasy, but it's not okay to imply a dog is going to eat cake. Cake is not good for dogs.

Then they decided that they needed to reveal that Marshmello was the Yodeling kid, and that was when I personally gave up on the video. Then they tacked on Adam Rippon for literally no reason.

Then they used the animators to recreate the In My Feelings Challenge. You know, the Challenge that got people run over by cars. They're trying to be middle of the road and they include such a dangerous challenge. This is where Pewdiepie gets his inadvertent shout out, though, as one of the animators included his chair. But there are live action scenes cut into the Challenge, and they include Trevor Noah flossing and John Oliver questioning all of his life decisions. But Lucas the spider is also there, so my heart did melt for a nano-second.

Then that's when they start the circlejerk to pat each other on the back. Simone was the only one who appreciated the fans, and it's a pity her part was part of the hardest to watch, cringiest part of the video, even if what she said was heartfelt and honest.

But they do piggy back off that to say they should read the comments, and this is the most offensive part, because I've seen a YouTube comment section. They went out of their way to cherry pick comments to match their message. I wouldn't be surprised if YouTube created situations in which they could get people to leave these comments in the first place. And lo and behold, more Fortnite. There's also ASMR and Baby Shark, but it's mostly Fortnite.

And the video ends on Will Smith again. Then there's a YouTuber I know is popular but I don't personally know who they are during the credits.

The video was bland. YouTube said this was a Rewind for everybody, but let's be real - it was a Rewind for the advertisers. They were trying to play it safe by being as inoffensive as possible. The actual people who watch YouTube for its creativity were left disappointed.

And people hated the 2016 and 2017 Rewinds, but those still had more likes than dislikes. Those tried to be inclusive of everything. 2017 wasn't even afraid to reference tragic events that happened in the Rewind.

The 2018 Rewind didn't even have a Laurel vs Yanny reference, and that was this year's version of the dress, which got a cute shout out back in 2015.

YouTube doesn't know what their community wants, and this year's Rewind proved it. I just hope YouTube chooses to learn from this experience, get feedback from the audience that truly makes YouTube what it is, and make a much better Rewind in 2019.

Sidebar, Grandayy made a much better YouTube Rewind on accident. He was just making fun of the original and it covered way more of what 2018 was really like. Check it out:

Do you watch the YouTube Rewinds every year? Which is your favorite? What are your thoughts on this years? Let me know.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sorry I've Been AWOL

My poor content planner is mad at me.

I have so much stuff I do plan on updating this blog with, but I got really excited about my potential podcast.

It turns out, I can write a full four pages of content when it comes to weird unsolved mysteries.

Also, I may have proven aliens exist. I'm choosing to believe I did.

But I promise, updates will come back soon.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

My First Christmas without a Toys R Us Guide

I am a Toys R Us kid, to this day, even without them here. In fact, when it was announced that Toys R Us might possibly be coming back, my dad and my best friend both individually shared the news with me. I ugly cried when I heard they were closing their doors, and I bitched for two months that my Toys R Us credit card was being replaced with something ugly compared to the fun, whimsical card I loved.

And even now I'm ugly crying a little. I miss Toys R Us. Any time I felt like I hated being an adult, I'd visit Toys R Us and remember that nobody could tell me I could only get one thing now. Then I'd buy way too many toys.

So this is the first Christmas in my 35 years that I don't have a Toys R Us, nor a Toys R Us guide, and it's breaking my little tiny heart. First of all, I have a two year old nephew. What, am I supposed to buy his presents on Amazon? I can't play with them first if they're on Amazon! And then Target seems to only have toys for kids less than 18 months or older than 3. My poor little nephew is getting left out.

But, it's also for me, too. I don't like it when it gets dark early. It makes me tired and sad. I relied on Toys R Us a lot this time of year. Playing with all the toys in the store, and then buying them and taking them home and playing with them. I don't feel right buying toys for myself at Target. Like, you shouldn't buy your toys in the same place that you buy your wine. That's just an extra level of sad.

Were you a Toys R Us kid? Do you miss it? Did you know Steve Urkel actor Jaleel White was in a Toys R Us ad in 1982? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

6 Twitter Accounts to Follow in December

Hello everyone! It's that time again where I tell you who to follow on Twitter. I'm being really lazy today, though - I had to go to the DMV and it's making me cranky and tired - so I'm not going to embed any Tweets this day. But I have a good reason as to why you should follow these people, even though, again... I'm phoning it in a little.

Sorry guys. Going to the DMV was a mistake, but I like not having my car impounded for having expired tags.

Anyway, those 6 accounts:

1. @jacksfilms

I love Jacksfilms on YouTube and on Twitter. He's just so funny, and he's the one who introduced me to the genius that is Internet Comment Etiquette. He's also super genuine and pretty smart in his own right. You should check him out. He's really big on Christmas, so this is definitely a good time to check him out.

2. @ocasio2018

We just had an election, and New York decided they wanted to send a Millennial who committed herself to being a voice for her community to DC. She's just an inspiring and real person. You should check her out just to see what she has to say. She's very informative.

3. @willfriedle

Will Friedle is America's big brother and the least political person on all of Twitter. He's Eric Matthews, Terry McGinnis, and Ron Stoppable and if you don't love him, there is a black hole in your soul. Check out his Twitter to feel complete.

4. @DanRather

I love the news, and Dan Rather keeps it real. I just don't need to say anything else. If you want to see a reporter deliver some hard truths in a time we really need it, follow Dan Rather on Twitter.

5. @sohmer

Pretty soon, I'm going to talk about webcomics I like, and sohmer is the writer of one that I'm going to talk about - and one I like but I'm like ten years behind on. Wow, how did we get to a time where you can be ten years behind on a webcomic? Anyway, sohmer is smart and funny and all that jazz I love in a personality.

6. @bobsaget

Dude. It's Bob Saget. Why do you even need an explanation?

Who do you follow on Twitter? Who should I suggest in the future? Let me know!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Podcast Plans

I was going to write another update about my MOOC progress, but the third class didn't really offer enough variety for me to write anything original. But I decided to talk about what I did decide I want to do, podcast-wise. This isn't a commitment, it's just an idea I'm throwing around.

I want to do a video podcast where I drink coffee and talk about unsolved mysteries. I grew up with true crime, but I don't really have a want to do a full on committed investigation. I just want to be, "this is the evidence that exists, this is the stuff people have contributed, these are some possible conclusions." I want to inspire the real investigators. The coffee is an important part of it. I'm no Robert Stack. I want it to be a casual conversation. I want to figure out potential guests who can also contribute research to the conversation. I already have thought of a few mysteries I want to delve into.

I just don't have any guests to start with because I don't know anyone who wants to be a part of a podcast for any reason, and I don't know how into it people would be. It makes me nervous.

Also, tomorrow I'm doing Twitter accounts to follow in December, but I also have to go to the DMV, so it might be late. Like, two entries on Sunday late. You know how DMVs can be.

Anyway, would you be into casual conversation about unsolved mysteries? Do you drink coffee? Let me know!