1. Exquisite Tweets from @MattFnWallace, @SheckyX, @MadelineAshby, @tante

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    I can't adequately express in a tweet my disgust with @YouTube taking irrelevant-to-them amounts of money away from small BookTubers who passionately promote reading/literacy and NEED that comparatively meager amount of money, some of them to survive.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

    It's @YouTube being indefensibly punitive, greedy, callous, and the fact it comes about two seconds after they actively promoted Logan Paul's dead body/ha-ha-suicide video, did literally NOTHING about that video, and then wrist-slapped him only after the backlash is stunning.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

    I don't know if @YouTube has become so big there's no one at the wheel anymore, or if their mindset is, "We have no competition. We'll do whatever we want." Or if they're just a pack of capitalist sociopaths who don't care about the people who ACTUALLY built their platform.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

    But evvvvvvvvvery big creator-related decision they've made as of late has been bad. Not just bad, but damaging to @YouTube as a platform, community, and medium. They're actively making all of those things worse for everyone involved.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

    And whether they realize it or not, when @YouTube continues to reward garbage like the Pauls who only create by destroying, and penalizing people like BookTubers, they're sending a clear message about what's important to them and what they want the platform to be.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

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  3. They're saying all they care about is grabbing as many 14-year-old views as possible and delivering them to the basest of advertisers. And that's it. If their entire platform becomes Jackass as its sole medium of content, @YouTube is FINE with that. That's the message.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

  4. Most social platforms have had some terrifying realizations, recently: 1) They're actually publishers. 2) Publishing is hard, and involves actual responsibility. 3) This is not the responsibility they wanted.

    Matt Wallace @YouTube as a platform, community, and medium. They're actively making all of those things worse for everyone involved.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

  5. And I can't think of a more brutal message to send to all the creators who aren't that who gave their platform value, and to the myriad communities that have formed there. Get your shit together, @YouTube. Your children are drowning and your boot is on their foreheads.

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    MattFnWallace

    Matt Wallace

  6. Social platforms are really not fans of responsibility in general.

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    tante

    tante

  7. Yes. Also, when you shape something for acquisition, there's no incentive to create something resilient or adaptable.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

  8. Exactly. Economists love talking about incentives but seem to be blind looking at the structure of incentives around Internet companies. It's weird.

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    tante

    tante

  9. It seems like none of these platforms assumed they'd have the same ownership/hierarchy in 10 years. The goal was to build and sell. And now even the buyers have no clue what to do. It's like developing bad condo towers.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

    If you're wondering why your communities are objectively worse than they were before, it's because their developers had no plans to maintain ownership for this long. The goal was to build, fill, and sell, like a cheap condo tower.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

  10. tante

    tante

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    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

    Thanks! I'm surprised I hadn't thought of it this way before, given the language around "development" and "speculation" and so on.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

    How does HIGH RISE end? With residents knowing they should leave but simultaneously terrified to do so, identifying solely with their floors, inflicting violence on each other. So, you know... *gestures broadly*.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

  12. Given the behavior of many of those internet companies the metaphor might accidentally make condo developers look better than they deserve but you win some, you lose some ...

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    tante

    tante

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  14. The inverse of this is a co-op model, which is why you've seen a return to listservs, mailing lists, etc. It's also why, after events like Strikethrough, the founders of AO3 made hard but smart decisions about community responsibility.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

    It's not a perfect metaphor, but when you consider the Internet as real estate, many of its current problems make more sense. Property managers are rarely community stewards.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

    They move the tombstones, but not the bodies. Keep that in mind.

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    MadelineAshby

    Madeline Ashby 🇨🇦

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