The Backlash From Youtube Star Pewdiepie’s Antisemitic Jokes Was Fast and Furious. But It Helped Nobody, and Achieved Nothing, While Pewdiepie’s Response Only Served to Deepen Existing Divisions Between the Media and a New Generation of Online Influencers.
PewDiePie was wrong, but not because he’s a Nazi
This past February, there was a furious sideshow going on against the backdrop of Donald Trump’s flailing administration. Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle PewDiePie, found himself in the middle of a furore of his own making.
The YouTube star, who boasts over 50 million subscribers on his channel, was the focus of a Wall Street Journal article that singled out nine instances over a six month period where he referenced anti-Semitic humor.
The resulting outcry ended with Disney severing ties with Kjellberg, the cancellation of the YouTube Red series Scare PewDiePie, and the loss of his “Google Preferred” status at YouTube.
Ultimately, Kjellberg’s fall from grace forces us to think about the consequences that technology and the rise of open platforms for expression, like YouTube, have on the way we negotiate a convoluted information landscape and respond to it.
With great power comes great responsibility
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
NIER REPLICANT VER1.22474487139…
POST APOCALYPSE GONE MILD
Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
Connecting Door To Phone
Find my… everything
Xiaomi Mi 11 - The Affordable Flagship
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has all the core features of what Xiaomi wants to offer in a 2021 flagship, without some of its over-the-top features from the Mi 11 Ultra. For instance, Mi 11 doesn’t have the secondary AMOLED display, multi-point direct ToF laser focusing, or IP-rated water resistance, all of which is available on the Mi 11 Ultra.
Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey
A Surprisingly Complex Apocalypse
Resident Evil Village
A carnival of horrors
Apple 12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2021) - Ridiculously Powerful
M1 was Apple’s first custom processor, and never in my years of writing about notebooks have I seen a processor that’s so powerful and efficient. In my review, I said it rewrote the notebook rulebook. So what did Apple do next? Naturally, it took the M1 chip and put it in the iPad Pro.
Google I/O 2021
Google’s annual developer conference around everything the company does. While a lot of the technologies announced just fade into the background of what makes every Google service work, and therefore too boring for the everyman to read about, here are the top three that we’d love to see become reality.
No Rest For The Wicked
With not one, not two, but three Diablo games in the pipeline and well on their way to release, I don’t think I can stress this enough: it’s a fantastic time to be a fan of Blizzard’s beloved dungeon-crawler franchise. On our end, we’ve already thrown a few punches at both Immortal and D2R’s Technical Alpha sessions, and so far, we’re quite satisfied with what they’ve got on the menu.
From CPU To XPU
We want to help customers capitalise growth opportunities in the Cloud, AI, 5G, as well as the intelligent and autonomous edge.
Got Livestream If You Want It
A year into the pandemic, the improved quality of livestream concerts is helping to bridge the gap between artists and their socially distanced fans.
WITH LEAD GUITARIST OL DRAKE NOW MANNING THE MIC, ENGLAND’S EVILE RETURN TO UNLEASH VINTAGE THRASH METAL HELL WITH THEIR LATEST ALBUM
Monetizing Social Media
6 apps that take you to a VR world
Grab a headset and jump into virtual reality
LAWMAKERS CALL YOUTUBE KIDS A ‘WASTELAND OF VAPID' CONTENT
A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” so it can serve them ads.
2-10 PLAYERS | 60 MINUTES | AGES 8+
The Preteen's Guide to Getting Rich Off YouTube
Ryan Kaji’s video empire makes most of its revenue from merchandise, not ads
Sawyer Sharbino is going to put you first
Maybe it’s the fact that he grew up with two big sisters (hey, Brighton and Saxon). Or maybe it’s his star-studded BGF squad (think: Txunamy Ortiz, Piper Rockelle and Elliana Walmsley). Whatever it is, 15-year-old singer and YouTuber Sawyer Sharbino just want to treat a girl right.
DEMI LOVATO: DRUGS SAVED MY LIFE!
DESPITE a near-fatal overdose in 2018, songbird Demi Lovato still insists drugs also saved her life! The former Disney darling said drug abuse prevented her from turning to suicide.
The Receipt Keeper D'Angelo Wallace always knows how to cut through the chaos.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW what’s going on with YouTubers or anybody else with a modicum of influence online, you’ve got two options. You can watch their videos and scour Instagram—or you can get thee to a YouTube drama channel. And no one does a channel quite like D’Angelo Wallace. The Texas-based 22-year-old packs his superlong explainer videos (many of them run over an hour) with timelines, charts, and commentary—a hybrid model that perfectly encapsulates the messiness of the influencers he covers. He now has more than 2.18 million subscribers. “I will say it’s not necessarily a case of me always striving to have the best research, or I’m always going to be 100 percent correct,” Wallace said. “I just am obsessed with the storytelling of it all.”