Since we hit 2018 less than one week ago, we’ve already had our first internet meltdown. On January 2nd, 2018, Youtuber Logan Paul shared a video of him and his friends visiting a forest in Japan that is a very well known place that people go to commit suicide. From the very beginning of the video, the concept of suicide was treated as an absolute joke by Paul and the rest of his team. When entering the forest they came across a dead body hanging from a tree, filmed it up close, laughed about it and turned it into a full 15 minute YouTube video to attract views.
Why is this wrong? Well, what logan Paul did was extremely disrespectful and inconsiderate but, lets look at the bigger picture.
Think about what you saw on YouTube 8 years ago, then think about what you’re seeing now. The entire concept of video making and entertaining has changed. It’s no longer about expressing yourself and creating quality content for people to enjoy, it’s solely about producing any content that makes your life look better than everyone else’s and video titles that people feel inclined to click on. Youtubers like Logan Paul follow this method and have become so invested in views and money that they have lost touch with reality. This also comes from the sense of entitlement that is developed when you have a large social media following, if you’ve ever seen a Logan Paul vlog, you would know his sense of entitlement and superiority is through the roof, he’s constantly causing public disturbances and creating trouble for other people wherever he goes and he gets paid for it. Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that if someone makes quality YouTube content that they are passionate about, they should be paid for it. But there needs to be boundaries for what people can and cannot post. If there were clear and enforced guidelines of what you can post (and be paid for) Logan Paul would have never posted something like that. But a lot of the big youtubers we see use aggressive titles because they’re differen and shocking and thats what will get you views.
Here’s where we come in…
As an avid YouTube watcher I know what it’s like to sit on your computer for hours and hours looking for things to watch. I know it’s easy to trail of into pointless videos which usually ends up being completely harmless. But, when we watch youtubers like Logan Paul, we are feeding his career. We’re giving him our time and views which is giving him a platform that he has been abusing for quite some time now. Could you imagine if none of us ever clicked on his videos in the first place? Maybe things would be different, or maybe they wouldn’t. But I do know that is that if we make the choice to put our time and views into youtubers who make quality content and care about what they produce, things would be a lot different.
Watching “clickbait” videos is a huge waste of your time. We live in this bubble of social media and clickbait, where people are dying to think of a title for their video that will make you feel like you need that video in your life. These titles are created simply because the video is clearly not that interesting and they need people to think it is. Why else would you do it? Do yourself a favour and go live your life instead of watching mindless people live theirs. Trust me, you can save yourself a lot of time by being able to recognize and ignore clickbait.
What can we do to fix this? Although there is a lot that can’t be fixed or undone, as an individual give your time and energy to people that do good and work hard for their careers to thrive! There are so many entertaining youtubers out there who truly work hard and love what they do but just because they don’t cause a scene everywhere they go, they’re never recognized for what the do! Underneath this post I will put a list of youtubers who I watch personally that I think are very fun and admirable. Give them a watch, you might find someone you like!
I’m sure this will get you started, explore YouTube, find new (good) people, or just get off YouTube and go outside maybe? No? Ok never mind:)
thanks for reading!