Once upon a time, there were 13 channels on TV. Then there was cable with 100 channels. Those 100 channels played continually, 24 hours a day. Those 100 channels ran nonstop from the 1980s to the early 00s. Then in the 2010s, streaming came into its own. Youtube became more than just a place for comedy sketches. Radio transformed into podcasting. New celebrities emerged. From 2010s to today, the old world media despite all the advertising money pumped into it, is severely dying as it should.

Once upon a time, there were 13 channels on TV.
Then there was cable with 100 channels. Those 100 channels played continually, 24 hours a day. Those 100 channels ran nonstop from the 1980s to the early 00s.
Then in the 2010s, streaming came into its own. Youtube became more than just a place for comedy sketches.
Radio transformed into podcasting.
New celebrities emerged.
From 2010s to today, the old world media despite all the advertising money pumped into it, is severely dying as it should.
Whether or not someone appears to be sincere (“what level of sociopath are they?”) is a metric but not the strongest metric.
They’re talking heads just the same with followings and incentive.
They all appear sincere to the people who like them.
Right. This is part of the problem. The big players have crystalized.
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 I didn’t notice if you were sounding condescending. I don’t usually notice those kinds of things – sometimes I do it and don’t know I am.
The big media players (talking heads) have crystalized, their followings are at levels that old fashioned media used to measure with Neilson ratings, and the media content delivery systems like Facebook and Youtube and Twitter and the whole crop of new ones too (even with their free speech promises, are simply lying) are making content decisions adding to the complexity of things
What you see as individual “guy just grilling with podcasts” I see as giant media players, capable of moving to any content provider and their followers go with them.
The dynamics have changed, the power shifting.
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 It makes a difference if someone is getting paid.
The most common line is: “I am not beholden to corporate / special interests” and yet they get paid, which means they are.
“guy just grilling”, what I mean is “My favorite online media personality is just a regular guy”
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— It was about a science educator on Youtube and I was waxing poetic in 2013/14 whenever this comment was – about how the ability for people to chose what they see online will make it far more powerful than the information gained from school or TV.
Therefore, they have to do whatever is necessary to continue gaining revenue.
Being non-profit is not a guarantee of honesty but getting paid is a guarantee that a show is being put on and with it, no guarantee of the honesty of the participants.
We’ve slipped into ignoring the pay, making excuses for it, justifying it, so that we can treat them like regular folkx.
 It’s how they make money. Their opinions shift with whatever is profitable for them personally.
 I’m not knocking the people you like, even if it seems that way.
No revenue is passive. He runs a business that provides a product and/or service.
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 There’s a product: an audio-video production of a certain length for a certain audience with certain content.
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Multiple streams of income is the key that all have in common because sometimes one dries up temporarily. Whether it’s someone you like or don’t like, they make money the same ways.
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 I’m not fighting him – or you.
I’m not saying his bad or evil.
I’m saying that with an income-stream producing product or service comes certain obligations.
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  It matters because they need you to like them in order for you to keep watching so that they can continue their income streams.
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Or hate them. Whatever their shtick is. It doesn’t mean they’re bad or evil or dishonest. But the need for eyes is crucial for their income.
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You like him and I’m not trying to stop that.
Now, let’s give a hypothetical: Let’s say Kyle (first name basis!) personally changes his mind about something, something that would cause him to be alienated by a majority of his listeners, possibly cause him to be dropped from Apple or Youtube.
Will he incorporate it into his show?
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  I never forgave Youtube for defunding small creators, believe me I’m not on team Youtube. But they’re not my focus at the moment.
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The point I’m making isn’t specific to him. Maybe somehow it doesn’t apply but I see no logical reason it wouldn’t.
He has a show to put on. Doesn’t make him honest or dishonest, corrupt or innocent or any of those things. He has a show to put on and has to do all the things necessary so that he will have a show next week too.
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It is a job that makes money.
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I don’t like people getting in my head so I’m careful about the length of time I spend with any one thing.
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Once i start laughing with someone, I start agreeing with them. I’m an agreeable person. I know my weaknesses and I guard against them.
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I grew up with a steady diet of George Carlin. Agreed with nearly everything he said. My political/philosophical outlook was incredibly shaped by his for a long time, despite disagreeing with his atheism.

Took a while to detangle what was Carlin and what was me as it got mixed together.

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