Wednesday, April 21, 2021

More people want to create content than who can make a living at it; more on justice by "solidarity" on the Left



Timothy B. Lee (Ars Technica) notes well that more people would like to make a living at content creation than the market will support.  (About two years ago Martin Goldberg made a video about that and then deleted it, but not before it had been played and noted

Charlie Warzel’s substack today decries Facebook for wanting to help creators.  Really, I think it is YouTube’s that is more controversial.  YouTube wants creators to sell things or services (or make consumerist material that appeals to advertisers).  Many creators are passionate about social and political beliefs and want to articulate them independently of established non-profits and political parties. Even so, some are able to attract advertisers.  Others can self-fund their content and gain influence outside the usual channels of activism and social capital. Given the uneven literacy of American and western readership, you are bound to get erosion of normally expected “truths” and radicalization, although sometimes a change in norms is necessary.  But all of this does not portend well for social media and even the Web as a whole to propagate beliefs in the future as it was in the previous decade.

Bree Newsome created a stir on Twitter today suggested (regarding the Columbus Ohio situation) suggesting that adults should not use police to stop a teenage knife fight – that sounds like white supremacy (PostMillennial).

She also claimed that rioting and looting should be an acceptable “politically informed measure” to stop state violence.

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