posted on Aug, 13 2014 @ 03:20 PM
a reply to: Deckard9645
Interesting responses that you are getting. Just for the record, I don't see your thread as attempting to exploit for stars and flags at all (wth
are stars and flags worth in reality, after all--nothin'!). Instead, I see it as a rather astute social criticism. Not giving the video anymore
views though as I don't like "rewarding" this kind of behavior in a way that they are exactly looking for as Youtube allows you to monetize your
videos so view could equal monetary reward in this case. Totally get why you linked it. Do you remember "Leave Britney aloooooooooooone? wah wah
wah!!!!"? I think that was the first of its kind. You, however, did not exploit the event. Your thread is titled "exploiting a man's suicide".
You don't even name him in the title and I popped in, pretty much knowing exactly what you were going to talk about.
Number one, I don't see making a thread to discuss either a social issue (ie depression, suicide, or sharing information about the icon's death) as
being "exploitation". Those threads exist because they are sharing useful information about related issues as many are reeling in shock in regards
to the man's suicide. For many, it was entirely unexpected and the death, itself, is newsworthy on many counts. Someone sharing an experience with
running into the man via story and/or picture, an interview, or even simply stating, "wow, this hit me hard" is still "okay" because many are
collectively grieving. Where it crosses the line is when it goes beyond simple exchange to vlogging and slapping it up on youtube. Having the
impulse to type a few words--pretty normal. Deciding you need to film and upload your grief? Kind of weird but maybe that's just me.
Number two, I have no issues with vlogging though I think that sometimes we have a tendency to put too much weight and importance on our own opinions.
We're one individual on a planet of 7 billion. We really need to get over ourselves. That said, I've vlogged but my vlogs were not about my
"feelings" or "opinion". Instead, I was using them to share graphs and information that I was learning while in university because I thought that
information was very important and the general public needed to know. I also jam packed them with links to very excellent sources. The opinion in
that content? That I was concerned about these things. No more, no less. Very little fluff.
Vlogging if it is informative, factual, and actually has societal value--good. Vlogging to go on a rant or tearfest filled with emotional overload?
Meh. I qualify the latter type in the same way as I do for those who take a picture of every darn thing they're eating, have to "check in" to say
that they are filling up at a gas station, and more. Saying you had a bad day and explaining it to your friends? Excellent--that's what friends are
for. Hanging it all out there for the world? Give me a break. Take a number and get in line.
Now why you got accused of doing the same thing and hit with claims of needing to get a life for actually dispensing a social critique on something
that so many are heavily involved in--that's a whole other thread in itself, isn't it? Maybe it hit a little close to home for some.