Thursday, June 27, 2019

We are heading toward "certifying" independent content creators, but maybe that could turn out to be a good sustainable thing

It looks to me like we’re heading toward some kind of certification of “trusted” independent journalists (quasi "authoritative sources").

It sounds reasonable to me that YouTube could set up a separate subsidiary, let content creators apply for consideration with resumes (including technical equipment, certifications, education, paid work experience) and mayne a portfolio.

Many of the best ideas would be interview and panel discussion shows.  Content creators would be expected to have access to professional video interview studios. 

Facebook could also do this.

They could set up some sort of neutral (international) outside group to do the screening.

The end result would be that YouTube would be the “publisher” or “distributor” (like a movie studio) of the content and would lose Section 230 protections for this group (so it needs a separate trademark for this operation), but it would be able to offer opportunities to many more content creators than the traditional film and television and cable industry as we know it now (including Netflix).  But it might be a bit like a Netflix, offering bundled subscriptions to visitors (like Netflix) or offering pay for rental (like Amazon or YouTube Original now).  It could also find advertisers who were willing to advertise on this kind of content.  Tim Pool today warned that Silicon Valley is quickly creating a "new nobility" for who is allowed to be heard (partly because their business model now has to please woke activists), but at least a pseudo-certification could expand the "nobility" and include some vassals (as in Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder"). Twitter's labeling of otherwise unacceptable tweets from politicians (Trump) as well as other actions by Reddit and others are an example of online "feudalism" (Washington Post story). 
In addition to interview programs, raw footage of events could be shown by creators with this business sub-model (although there would be limitations or prohibitions on including violent material from demonstrators, crimes in progress, and the like).

This operation would include pure “journalists” (like Ford Fischer/News2share, and for that matter Gary Younge from the UK) and “commentators and interviewers” (Dave Rubin, David Pakman, Tim Pool, Matt Christiansen) and could include people seen as controversial (Jordan Peterson, Milo Yiannopolous), as well as technicians and educators or students (ThioJoe, John Fish) whose material is usually not political. (But now everything is political!)

David Pakman (who is monetized still) made a very important announcement today that is related to this idea, in my opinion at least.

This proposal would also help YouTube deal with Article 17 in the EU, which is gradually being implemented. YouTube had warned it might have to do something like this last October. 

It does leave open the question of “free content” of a political nature from “amateurs” and I’ve talked about that.  For the time being, the rest of YouTube (not part of the Partner program) and Facebook (similarly viewed) and other similar platforms (that want to recognized international, not US, standards for free speech including hate speech prohibitions) would have to follow the TOS and censorship exposure as recently defined, and given all the problems, it is only getting more restrictive for persons not officially pre-screened as "trusted".  

This idea does leave open the idea of a creator's earning "social credit" by some international standard, but I wonder if it's coming no matter what we do. It also would tend to tell "amateurs" (like me) that they have to join established non-profits and support them in a conventional manner to be heard.  The Left wants this -- more solidarity to protect its more vulnerable subgroup members. That could lead to my dropping out -- but I'm almost 76!  Actually, I have plans (through the end of 2021) on a Wordpress.   No one can become my voice for me. 

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