I honestly do not get riled up or overly invested when others hackle over issues such as corporate espionage, people’s privacy being invaded, or that public media forums are used as means for controlling my perception. My response: Duh.
I get it, privacy is important and we need to protect our rights and blah blah blah. I like my privacy too, I don’t know a single person who personally wants all of their personal information to be available. On the flip side, people generally don’t seem too preoccupied with the idea that they are purposefully and tactfully being influenced by other invested parties. We can’t stand the idea that someone knows stuff about us that we didn’t want to reveal, but for some reason we can stomach the idea that someone is continually trying to shove ideas into our brain through the channels we typically retreat to for peace and relaxation. As I said before, I’m actually not too affected by either situation – I recognize that both are realities, but I don’t see how me getting upset about either will change anything. I choose to live with the knowledge of both and keep my stress levels to a minimum.
YouTube was a platform that initially promised peace and relaxation. With time, it has even become a place of legitimate creativity and content generation. But whenever a medium becomes popular, regardless of its monetary standing, outside sources will write the checks to slip their messages inside that medium. Is YouTube politically charged and fueled by people with an agenda: Yup, definitely. Does that mean I’m going to stop looking up interesting/funny videos: Nope. The responsibility, I would propose, falls to the audience of any given medium to be aware of the fact that both individuals and corporations will always use public mediums to try and influence the masses. We just need to go into those mediums with that in mind and not simply accept/respond to every politically fueled video/article we see.