“YouTube Made Me A Nazi”

YouTube’s Founder*

You think I’m joking? The NYT thinks it’s true.

The Making of a YouTube Radical

Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter.

“I bought it the day after I got death threats,” he said.

The threats, Mr. Cain explained, came from right-wing trolls in response to a video he had posted on YouTube a few days earlier. In the video, he told the story of how, as a liberal college dropout struggling to find his place in the world, he had gotten sucked into a vortex of far-right politics on YouTube.

“I fell down the alt-right rabbit hole,” he said in the video.

Mr. Cain, 26, recently swore off the alt-right nearly five years after discovering it, and has become a vocal critic of the movement. He is scarred by his experience of being radicalized by what he calls a “decentralized cult” of far-right YouTube personalities, who convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants and cultural Marxists, that innate I.Q. differences explained racial disparities, and that feminism was a dangerous ideology.

“I just kept falling deeper and deeper into this, and it appealed to me because it made me feel a sense of belonging,” he said. “I was brainwashed.”

Over years of reporting on internet culture, I’ve heard countless versions of Mr. Cain’s story: an aimless young man — usually white, frequently interested in video games — visits YouTube looking for direction or distraction and is seduced by a community of far-right creators.

Some young men discover far-right videos by accident, while others seek them out. Some travel all the way to neo-Nazism, while others stop at milder forms of bigotry.

The common thread in many of these stories is YouTube and its recommendation algorithm, the software that determines which videos appear on users’ home pages and inside the “Up Next” sidebar next to a video that is playing. The algorithm is responsible for more than 70 percent of all time spent on the site.

The radicalization of young men is driven by a complex stew of emotional, economic and political elements, many having nothing to do with social media. But critics and independent researchers say YouTube has inadvertently created a dangerous on-ramp to extremism by combining two things: a business model that rewards provocative videos with exposure and advertising dollars, and an algorithm that guides users down personalized paths meant to keep them glued to their screens.

“There’s a spectrum on YouTube between the calm section — the Walter Cronkite, Carl Sagan part — and Crazytown, where the extreme stuff is,” said Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google, YouTube’s parent company. “If I’m YouTube and I want you to watch more, I’m always going to steer you toward Crazytown.”

There is a bunch more if you want to read it. It’s all bullshit.

The article is based on some false premises. The first false premise is the idea that bad ideas should be censored. If you want to control what other people can read, watch, and/or listen to, you might be a fascist. To quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

How do we know an idea is bad? We put it out there in the Marketplace of Ideas and see if it sells. If it sells, we judge it on its results. Socialism is a bad idea that still has a sizeable share of the marketplace. Socialism is responsible for more deaths than Hitler and the Black Plague combined, and yet we have a Socialist running for President. (Actually, we have a bunch of Socialists running, he’s the only one who admits it.)

Liberty is messy. Living in a free country requires advanced citizenship.

A second false premise in the article is the idea that the far-right is anything more than a disorganized bunch of losers. They are not a large movement of people, they are a small number of misfits and shit-stirrers. None of them have ever accomplished anything of significance. They don’t have any money either.

The third false premise is the odious assertion that most or all Trump supporters are alt-right or far-right. The author doesn’t come out and say it explicitly, but it is a safe assumption because that is what all Leftists claim. They think Trump supporters are evil and Trump voters are stupid.

As usual with articles like this, examples of racism and far-right ideology are lacking. If you say that those Peckerwoods are posting racist stuff, show us what it is. Link to it or provide screencaps. Put up or STFU.

Leftists have one little problem. Their ideas stink. In the Marketplace of Ideas all they have are Edsel’s and New Coke. So they use the same strategy that Obama used to win his first election – eliminate the competition.

If Leftist ideas are so obviously good, and Conservative ideas are so obviously wrong, why are they so afraid of debating their ideas with us? Why do they shout us down? Why do they deplatform us?  They say they are opposed to fascism but they behave like fascists.

Ima gonna let you in on a little secret: Leftists lie.

*Not really

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53 Responses to “YouTube Made Me A Nazi”

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I was gonna mention this but I forgetted:

    It has also been a useful recruiting tool for far-right extremist groups. Bellingcat, an investigative news site, analyzed messages from far-right chat rooms and found that YouTube was cited as the most frequent cause of members’ “red-pilling” — an internet slang term for converting to far-right beliefs.

    No, red-pilling is the term for the realization that neither the Democrats nor the GOPe has our best interests in mind, and they will lie, cheat, and steal to hold onto power.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    “Leftists Lie”. Isn’t that why we’re all over here now? Back in August 2007, I attended Nutroots Chicago(formerly known as YearlyKos), they invited ALL the Dem2007 candidates to speak to We, the following slobberers. All showed up except Biden. I think he was dropping out at that point, barely ticking off .001% at the time. I still feel I was part of history, and the beginning of the death of the Democratic Party.

    Much like I was part of RNC history when I attended Atlanta’s Redstate Gathering in 2015. Remember all those GOP candidates that year? I signed up for the event long before our Donald announced from the escalator ! What a treat that Erik Erikson then added a new event to the program, at no additional cost, just featuring our Trumpy Bear. Yay! Bonus! The rest is history, he cancelled, left us hanging. Looking back, it was the birth of the NeverTrumpers. Yuck.

  3. Woke Lola says:

    Read this yesterday. OMG, NYT talk about first world problems. At least these young men are exploring ideas instead of porn. Let’s look at women and their status if you take away ideas. Idiots.

  4. 1539days says:

    “decentralized cult” = conspiracy theory term used when you can’t find someone to blame.

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  6. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of Nazis, this cracked me up. Et tu Romneyskinsikiaus ?

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  10. Dora says:

    This is frightening.

  11. Mothy67 says:

    Oh my God even my most liberal friends have moved on from Trump is Hitler to simply I don’t like him. They have taken a huge swig of sanity because of people like this woman. And you betcha they see Pelosi as just as nuts.

  12. helenk3 says:

    My generation was taught about communism and socialism in school. The belief was how can you fight what you don’t know. One of the first rules of war is know your enemy.
    today those lessons are lost and as my generation dies out, who will teach the next one?
    the bill ayres education system has pretty well screwed up and weakened the younger generation. teaching them to follow blindly and do not question anything.
    I cry for the future of this country and am glad I most likely will not be alive to see it.

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  14. Mothy67 says:

    I was sitting with my local barkeep. She has a history. Some men do very bad stuff. They commit a violence against women. I do not know of one Republican Christian man that has beaten his wife. I have one sister. She went down that road. He was a bad guy. Kim the bartender told me of her story. Yet she voted for Hillary. Her baby Daddy frequents jail and beat her. Fists to her face. Wash rinse repeat. My sis was torn to shreds by weak men. Scott was always walking into a river to kill himself. He held my sister hostage with suicide threats. Ugh.
    I have never known a Christian white Republican man that destroyed women. I got the beatings. The boys that felt it was okay to hurt me in vile ways were democrats. They laughed as they pissed on my face. Lovely boys. I do not hate them.
    Please Give Me One example of a democrat making life better for a kid. I will wait. Just one thing.

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  17. lyn says:

    Obamarats are idiots.

  18. John Denney says:

    What do you call the Democrat field of 2020 presidential candidates?

    A bunch of losers.

    Because Trump will win.

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    He will probably say that he doesn’t believe in polls.

  21. Shez ZK says:

    I’ve been so busy I haven’t commented in ages. It’s wee hours of morn so I can now officially wish my handsome hubby a Happy Birthday! I’m up listening to the steady rain and waiting for our new cat to come in from the side porch she loves. She wandered onto my patio a month ago when I went to check my solar lights and hasn’t left since. We fell in love with her. She’s a long haired calico Maine Coon cat with sage green eyes w/ gold undertones, about 3 to 5 years old, very mature acting and regal. She has quite the personality, and we SWEAR she can read our minds. The vet’s office got a huge kick out of it when they asked what her name was. I said we haven’t quite found a name that fits her yet so we’re still calling her “Here Kitty Kitty”.

    Our POTUS’ b-day is also coming up this week. I recently confirmed on my new long form birth cert that I have the exact same time of birth as Donald J. Trump: 10:54 AM. How cool is that? I needed the long form to apply for a passport because my only child wasn’t kidding when she said she wanted a Destination Wedding… we’re going to the Moon Palace Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in August! How cool is THAT?! It’s been a whirl wind of activity around here lately and for all the payment deadlines we had for June 1st.

    We’re having an After Party reception a month later in Sept for all the relatives and friends here in Michigan. She changed her mind on her party venue (was 2 hours from me) so we found a new one that is a 3-barn wedding/banquet facility out in the country only 10 minutes from my house. Hubby has known the new owner for years. Allows RV & camping. I rented it for the whole weekend on the spot. The groom’s co-worker plays in a band and offered to play. Our little one day dinner/DJ party up north has now morphed into an epic weekend local camp out with the banquet & dance on Saturday. Complete with a hayride, horseshoes, and lawn games. The new owner told me she just installed a commercial catering kitchen on her home property about a half hour from here. Once she found out I used to do a lot of catering and that I own a shitload of catering equipment that I’ve been saving for this wedding…she said she needs some help this summer with a couple of events, so I got a part time job out of it too.

    Party needs a tropical Jamaican flair to it and there’s two big barns & an attached patio to decorate inside and out. I’ve hit up every major garden center in the greater Lansing area for the past two weeks or more. So far I have 22 jumbo ferns, 6 majesty palms (two are nearly 8 feet tall), three 6 ft scheffleras, gardenia & hibiscus bushes, elephant ears, other tropical patio plants, flawless cream white calla lilies, loads of accent plants & other flowers. A bunch of new big planters, fern stands, hanging planters. cool trellises, and double shepard’s hooks. It’s rained nearly every day for the past two weeks straight which is making it impossible to transplant anything yet. My patio and backyard looks like a crazy jungle right now, and I’m already loving it.

    A new solar birdbath. New unique solar lights, lamps, strings, to add to my large collection. A new water feature that burns a flame in the middle, which will go great with my other 3 container water garden fountains. I found big starfish shaped trays and leaf shaped serving trays. You can buy banana leaves fresh or frozen online. I’m sewing fancy wire ribbons together for the strings of mini LED lights to make lit up bendable ribbons. Yesterday we finally hauled out and opened up the box on a large round stuffed Sunbed w/ adjustable head and foot sections for two people that I’ve had in storage for 4 years now. I forgot how spectacular it is! And the perfect color, a sandy tan. I have a white wicker room divider woven in the shape of hearts that will be a perfect backdrop for it. I’m going to have my sister & cousins bring me stuff from the U.P. like Lake Michigan beach sand, driftwood, authentic Indian tribal gill nets and fishing boat life preservers w/ boat names, ropes tied around faded stumps like up north. The dance barn will be decorated in a loose 3D interpretation of our actual Tribal flag, in the 4 cardinal directions of color & meaning. I’m simply going to hang a couple of colored plastic banquet table covers high up on each of the four walls. The center chandelier with billowing white tulle (already there) will represent our tribal swan, with a green turtle below it, My relatives will instantly recognize what I’ve done when they walk in and see white to the north, yellow to the east, red to the south, black to the west, with the “swan” flying above and “Turtle Island” below.

    Yeah I’m getting way excited, I have the food left to buy and I know I’ll do my famous Jamaican Jerk Pork, and Jerk Chicken. I love to do intricate carved fruit trays on big display mirrors. (No boring inch-square-chunks-of-piled-fruit for my trays) The rest of the menu will be easy to decide on once I’m inspired in Jamaica. I’ll hire an old chef friend I worked with to do the major prep and banquet set up for me. We have people coming from all over the state. and they know me and my daughter aren’t having a “traditional” reception by any means. They expect unconventional wow factor from us and by Goddess that’s what they’ll get to talk about for years.

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