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Monday, November 06, 2017

Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I've seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.

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This is a deeply dark time, in which the structures we have built to sustain ourselves are being used against us  --  all of us  --  in systematic and automated ways. It is hard to keep faith with the network when it produces horrors such as these. While it is tempting to dismiss the wilder examples as trolling, of which a significant number certainly are, that fails to account for the sheer volume of content weighted in a particularly grotesque direction. It presents many and complexly entangled dangers, including that, just as with the increasing focus on alleged Russian interference in social media, such events will be used as justification for increased control over the internet, increasing censorship, and so on. This is not what many of us want.

I'm going to stop here, saying only this:

What concerns me is not just the violence being done to children here, although that concerns me deeply. What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we're still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects. As I said at the beginning of this essay: this is being done by people and by things and by a combination of things and people. Responsibility for its outcomes is impossible to assign but the damage is very, very real indeed.

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You have to watch the example videos.

I can't quite put my finger on what this guy is trying to say, but I can asense a high level of Weird. He reminds of the kind of people who freaked out over television back in the day.

Still, you really much watch "BURIED ALIVE Outdoor Playground Finger Family Song Nursery Rhymes Animation Education Learning Video".

What IS the purpose of that?

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-06 07:41 PM | Reply

"but I am not a parent, and I'm not making parental judgments for or on anyone else."

The BIG difference between when the writer was using the internet as a 13 year old and kids today is that most parents back then didn't realize what he was able to access.

Parents today are less naive about the internet.

Frankly, I don't think the caliber of people has changed much the last 20 years. We just have more available to choose from.

Instead of saying "there is something wrong with the internet", it might be a fairer statement to say "there is something wrong with some parents".

Responsible parents monitor their children's internet usage.

#2 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-11-06 08:23 PM | Reply

There are "toy-unwrapping" videos that get millions of hits on You-tube for Kids? I guess that sort of is like porn, if you're like 6 or something....

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-06 08:47 PM | Reply

i love it whe it says: "I'm going to stop here, saying only this:".

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-07 02:34 AM | Reply

What IS the purpose of that?

#1 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-11-06 07:41 PM | FLAG:

Hits. See the example video linked? Cars 2 blah blah blah.

That's BluToysClubSurprise. 54,140,392 hits in the last 30 days. Estimated monthly earnings, minimum, $13,500. Maximum, $216,000. It depends heavily on ad types, length of viewing, embedded key words, etc. Right now they're averaging 8 million views daily. 5.7 million subscribers.

Now lets compare it to say... CNN has 55 million views in the last 30 days, and almost the exact same profit range.

This person unwrapping toys has a social media footprint on Youtube equal to CNN. Read that 2 or 3 times and let it sink in.

There is a huge amount of money in making terrible youtube videos that kids watch like it's the next big thing. Pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids love these videos.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 07:54 AM | Reply

Now what strange trolls do, is make videos that look innocent on the surface. There's Peppa Pig doing Peppa Pig things... hey wait, why is an evil dentist torturing Peppa tearing her teeth out? Troll vid.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 07:56 AM | Reply

Regarding the Cars 2 video, its appeal may be because it falls into a genre of videos referred to as ASMR.

#7 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-11-07 09:49 AM | Reply

The aspect of automated video creation is another reason to algorithm the bottle opener routine.

Wrong head. Wrong arm. Wrong foot. Wahhhh.

Long but good article.

#8 | Posted by mutant at 2017-11-07 09:15 PM | Reply

"Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale"

Sounds like the Catholic Church.

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-11-08 03:46 PM | Reply

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