Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Internet's sustainability and climate change; Ford Fischer reports progress on monetization(?); why cookies help me


Kevin Lozano has a provocative piece in the New Republic, Dec, 18, 2018, “can the Internet survive climate change?”

The piece (under paywall) argues that infrastructure will become increasingly vulnerable to damage in a warmer world, partly because flooding but even for reasons involving salt ware changes.
  
Today Ford Fischer (News2Share) reported that YouTube had silently allowed monetization of his channel, but when he tried to monetize individual recent videos, they would all demonetize immediately.  The auto-re-demonetization video would make for a short film itself.


YouTube thinks advertisers will be skittish about seeing their ads next to content that shows polarized Americans protesting and often shouting extreme positions about many issues or getting arrested.
   
Ford wants the public to see the raw footage of exactly what is going on, as to how angry some Americans are. Other say that the media, especially independent media, contribute to a climate where protesters know they will be seen and heard (although there are some who say they don’t want to be filmed and want filmmakers instead to protest with them.)
   
I’ve had a couple of occasions recently where people I had met at protests showed up as having interesting (not extreme) YouTube channels.  It may be that the cookies and persistent identifiers help me be connected to people whom I should know more about or meet again.  Then COPPA is in the way.



Update:  Dec 23

Ford Fischer now reports that some of his content was monetized when stolen.  What is going on?

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