Saturday, October 19, 2019

Washington Post looks at how people with disabilities run YouTube channels

Jessica Chiu has a comprehensive discussion of how people with disabilities benefit from running YouTube channels on Oct 6 (Oct 8 on Health & Science in print). 

The discussion tends to bypass all the controversies over polarization and deplatforming (which you wouldn’t expect) but does explain that deciding to monetize can be a touch issue (it requires minimum subscriber volumes). 

But this also connects to my post yesterday on autism and particularly Asperger’s – the latter may not even be perceived as a disability, and viewers may not perceive the speaker this way.

Likewise, it would be hard to make generalizations about some parts of the LGBTQ community.

The article discusses a blind YouTuber Tommy Edison, who discontinued his channel in 2018.
I did want to notice that since the end of 2018, a few people I know have left social media, or greatly reduced their participation.  The polarization, censorship and coercion to work with groups coming from the far Left could be one of the reasons.

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