I’m a big fan of Penn and Teller: Bullshit and the movie Fat Head, a follow up to SuperSize Me for a couple of reasons. One of which: I’m absolutely sick of people telling me how to live my life. Watch a couple episodes of Bullshit, and you’ll see how people that want to tell other people what to do are mostly pretentious assholes with an endless supply of cash. They’ll argue that fast food companies are tricking people into eating the food because it’s cheap and we’re stupid. Well, they got one thing right: it’s cheap. Yes, for most of these snobs, it’s hard to see what life’s like in another person’s shoes, and food is expensive. Not everyone can afford to buy all natural food, especially for an entire family. Not to mention that most expensive restaurants serve meals with higher calories than fast food. And whenever a person who wants people to make decisions for themselves comes on the show, they don’t present their ideas in a way to make you feel stupid, they do it in a way to make you think differently. You made the decision to eat the food; McDonalds did not drag you in. Beyond that, I don’t understand why fast food and soda companies are the only ones being scolded. Why not target ramen companies for selling salty soups at insanely cheap prices?
People that want the government to tell us what to do scare the shit out of me. We were all told at a young age to mind our own business, and that’s just what other people need to do. Who cares what I eat, or if I smoke cigarettes (not that I do), or if think people should be free to make whatever choice they want to make? This is America. While freedom of speech protects those that want to protest against fast food, you are still free to purchase whatever you want. Don’t limit the rest of the nation just because you don’t like something. It’s either all okay, or none of it is. The same goes for censorship too, but that’s a rant for another day.
Back in 2009, I started the YouTube channel “AnthonyGVideos.” I made it to share my thoughts on technology and to get my voice out there. It was a time when if you worked really hard, you could gain a decent viewership. The YouTube community, while still trying to make money, really was just doing it for the fun of it. YouTube comments were easy to read, and feedback was easily heard. The great part about it was I never felt like I was talking to a brick wall. Most of my videos would get 300-500 views, because the platform allowed for users to discover new people. It was really fun.
Fast forward to today, it seems YouTube is on a downward slope. It’s harder than ever to get noticed, and even big YouTubers are noticing a rapid decline. Google+ just makes it so hard to find actual engaging conversations because it only puts comments that get the most attention at the top, and most the time, they’re just trolls that get these mass amounts of idiots responding. Now I’m lucky if over 30 people watch my videos. Don’t get me wrong, you have no idea how much I appreciate the people who take time out of their day to watch or read my posts, but it just doesn’t feel fun anymore.
I don’t know if it’s just that I’m getting older, and I’m more concerned about finances, my education, and the future, but making content on my blog here, GeekOnIn, and the YouTube channel, I just have very little motivation to do so. It just really makes me wish I could go back to those days where it really felt like YouTube and Twitter were there to help the community, where you could find new people, and the existing people could still be found. Now, it just feels like they’re trying to make the most money they can by only promoting a certain group of people, and everyone else seems to be losing.
I’m not going anywhere; I’m certainly not leaving the internet. Partly because we just got FiOS, and it’s fantastic, but mainly because the internet is a fascinating place all around. So I guess if you want to hear more about what I have to say about things, stay tuned to my Twitter account.