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  • therealweeklynews 8:43 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Must See Videos and Documentaries 


    While I do not agree with every single word of these videos and documentaries I do believe they are 100% worth watching. I believe that if people see more videos like these they will be able to see much more than the usual propaganda that the mass media shoves down our throat. Not everything is as cut and dried as they make it seem. I hope you enjoy these videos and after you see them you can make up your own mind on what you agree with or disagree with.

    This blog is not to force these videos on you and try to make you believe every word in them. This only serves to give another view point to consider. I will say that I do agree with these videos for the most part, but maybe not 100%. It is up to you to find the truth. No one can do this for you. I still do research every single day from all sources of media and even after over a decade of reading, watching and learning from hundreds of different sources I still dont know it all, but that is not the point. You will never know it all, but at least you can see through the lies and propaganda and know when you are being lied to by the Government and the mass media.

    If you do not think you have ever been lied to or manipulated by the government or the mass media, then don’t bother watching any of these videos because you clearly are way to naive to listen to them with an open mind. I am not trying to be insulting, but I don’t think anyone with a shred of knowledge would not be aware of at least a little bit of lies and corruption amongst the leaders of the government or big business. 60 years ago I could buy people thinking that they are not being lied to or manipulated, but with the access to the internet and the infinite amount of free information readily available 24 / 7 there is no more excuses for being ignorant at this day and age.

    Century of Self Parts 1-4
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6718420906413643126#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-678466363224520614#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6111922724894802811#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1122532358497501036#

    Phillip Zimbardo – Stanford Prison Experiment & Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=677084988379129606#

    The Wave – Based on the true story of how a teacher tried to illustrate to his class how Hitler and the Nazi party could rise again somewhere else…
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4689717947890475769#

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=677084988379129606#

    Consuming Kids






    Generation RX

    Bigger Stronger Faster










    American Drug War

    Supersize Me
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1432315846377280008#

    The Corporation
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1271317900361690951#

    Is Google Evil?

    The World According To Monsanto
    http://www.livevideo.com/video/Smokescreen/1C4FB64D50354B9A856504954B453CC9/the-world-according-to-monsant.aspx
    http://www.livevideo.com/video/Smokescreen/CD446798FECA4D4EB12217F2010EB73B/the-world-according-to-monsant.aspx
    http://www.livevideo.com/video/Smokescreen/C7EFF848C9BA4AE4AB91D6696ED23D41/the-world-according-to-monsant.aspx

    The Economic Hitmen Short Animation

    Why We Fight
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9219858826421983682#

    Iraq For Sale
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6621486727392146155#

    The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3804528229102317499#

    The truth about the right to own a gun

    Pat Tilman – Murdered by his own troops and cover up on his death?


    An Unreasonable Man











    Who Killed the Electric Car
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6437080948273722203#docid=1405611374523233913

    The Economic Hitman – John Perkins
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=808526880666247652#

    Masters of Money
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936#

    Maxed Out








    Money as Debt
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2550156453790090544#

    Don’t Talk to the Police

    Evidence of Revision
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=666048701355447870#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5335724479269105967#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2334637168204169083#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=679700833693499618#
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8273110340777778333#

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  • therealweeklynews 6:56 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: inside the tube youtube exposed internet censorship neutrality partner   

    INSIDE THE TUBE 


    Below are a list of topics regarding youtube and my personal experiences with this site as well as other information that some of you might find helpful.

    · INTRODUCTION AND THE PHASES OF YOUTUBE
    · TOP CHANNEL SUBSCRIBER HISTORY
    · VIEW COUNTS CRASHING DOWN (For non partner and small partner channels)
    · WHAT CAUSED THE VIEWS TO DROP?
    · DEAD IN 48 HOURS
    · THE POPULAR PAGE HAS NO 48 HOUR TIME LIMIT
    · THE THUMBNAIL ADVANTAGE
    · 2 CHANNELS 2 RULES (Youtube and its doubles standards)
    · HOW DO THESE CHANGES AFFECT YOU?
    · THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS
    · YOUTUBE CHANGES END 2007
    · YOUTUBE CHANGED BACK IN 2008
    · THE VIACOM LAWSUIT – VIACOM VS YOU VIDEO HISTORY
    · WHO IS TO BLAME? AND DMCA REFORM
    · THE DMCA REFORM FAILED – NOTHING CHANGED
    · WORKING TOGETHER (how we failed to do it)
    · THE HULU TUBE VIDEO
    · BREAKDOWN OF THE POPULAR PAGE
    · WHY RATINGS HAD TO GO
    · YOUTUBE VS TV
    · YOUTUBE IS NOW A TALENT AGENCY, NOT A VIDEO HOSTING SITE
    · THE FACTS ABOUT THE HULU TUBE VIDEO
    · THE REAL PROBLEM (Why we failed)
    · SLANDERED AND LIBELED BY YOU TUBE PARTNERS
    · THE YOUTUBE BITCH SLAP
    · THE HULU TUBE CONCLUSION
    · THE BETA CHANNELS
    · THE UNANIMOUS OUTRAGE AND PROTEST
    · THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TOP 100 CHANNELS AND THE BETA CHANNELS
    · THE REAL POWER OF THE BETA CHANNEL
    · THE ALLEGED YOUTUBE PARTNER CHEATERS
    · THE BLOOD MONEY
    · THE BOTS (Friend Bot, Subscription Bot and the Comment Bot)
    · MY REBUTTALS (Rebuttals to some of the common critiques and attacks on my channel and my videos)
    · WHY I AM NOT A YOUTUBE PARTNER ANYMORE
    · MY CENSORED VIDEOS
    · THE BIGGER PICTURE
    · MY CONCLUSION

    INTRODUCTION AND THE PHASES OF YOUTUBE

    As most people know I have made a few videos on youtube on how it works and how the changes have affected the way people search for videos on their site. This is the first time in over a year I have discussed this subject in depth since April 2009. Some people may ask why talk about this again now? Simple. Since my last video there have been some people that have questioned what I have said in the past so I had to wait until now to see what changes took place and how they affected the community as a whole. It would not be possible to make a follow up video or blog until enough time had passed to see first hand how channels grow and get views today as opposed to back in 2006.

    For those that have completely forgotten how youtube used to work and look, here are the phases of youtube from 2007 to 2010 or as I like to call it “the de-evolution of youtube.”

    The Phases of Youtube

    The De-Evolution of You Tube

    Most people now can’t even remember what the site looked like back in 2007. I even forgot that you used to be able to see the rating count and the comment count right on the videos of the day page. These changes came gradually, small incremental changes that happen every 6 months or so. Nothing usually too drastic at first glance, just the removal of the date added, the comment count, the rating count and now the ratings made completely invisible makes you wonder what they will change in the next 6 months to 2 years. Don’t get me wrong, youtube has made some very good changes on the site as well like the annotations and HD, but if people can’t find your videos to watch them, who cares.

    More important than any other aspect of that image is the box to click and “show only partner videos”. That was when I saw the writing on the wall. With the click of one button all non-partner videos were removed from the site. Since I was not a partner I knew that every single video I ever made on youtube would be removed that easily. That was the moment that I knew the exact direction of this website. While they did remove the red triangle and the visible button from above the video search, they did keep that on the “more options”.

    So if you are not currently a partner, with one click of the button all your videos can be made invisible. That is a fact.

    So I am writing this for those people interested in knowing why their channels don’t grow at all while others gain tens of thousands a week. Why their views have gone down even though their videos remain the same quality and their channel gains more subscribers than before. I am also doing this to expose the double standards and hypocrisy of youtube and how they enforce their rules differently from channel to channel.

    I know that less than 3% of the people that see this information will actually read it all according to this famous speech from the movie Network.


    THIS IS A MUST WATCH CLIP!!! SO IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT, CLICK IT!

    This information below is not all the information about this subject out there, but this is a good deal of the info that I have to share with you about my personal experiences with this site as well as what I have seen happen to other users. I hope you take the time to look at it and find at least some of the information helpful. Some people may find this to be a VERY long post, but I would say it is pretty short considering it covers almost 4 years worth of research.

    TOP CHANNEL SUBSCRIBER HISTORY
    How they grow and at what rates they grow

    For those that are curious how some channels grow from week to week. Here is a detailed graph showing the growth of 8 channels over the past few years. The channels to look at closely are the 5th and 6th channels.

    Top Channels Subscriber History

    Top Channels Subscriber History

    Here is a link to the full size image
    You will see that 5th channel grows and a slow rate up until 4/13/2008 where it jumps from 27,096 total subscribers to 43,588 subscribers in just one week. Whereas the previous jump from the week before was only a mere 512 subscribers. This channel’s subscriptions grew on average over the course of 71 weeks about 328 per week. After many of the changes I talked about in my hulu Tube video regarding the popular page and the promotion of a select few channels over the rest of the youtube website this channel now grows at a rate of 7,820 new subscribers per week over the course of the next 90 weeks.

    You will see that the flip side of that happens to the 6th channel on this chart. This channel was growing very well for about 41 weeks gaining an average of 5,278 new subscribers per week. For reasons not exactly clear (the best guess would be using highly sexual video thumbnails and titles), this channel was completely removed from being on the popular page and other high profile sections of the site and soon after, this channel’s growth was all but completely stopped. For the next 61 weeks this channel only gained an average of 917 new subscribers a week. This was a drop of over 80% in subscribers. I will go more into this channels views and other details in another section of this commentary.

    VIEW COUNTS CRASHING DOWN
    The views for small partner and non-partner videos going down

    In the Bottom Right of the previous image you will see a chart of another channel that had a lot of success on youtube in 2006 through 2008.

    VIEW COUNTS CRASHING DOWN

    VIEW COUNTS CRASHING DOWN

    showing the stats for his videos that were averaging just over 700,000 views per video over the first 54 videos on this channel. The total view count for the first 54 videos totalled roughly 38,112,000 views.

    JWCFREE VIEW HISTORY BEFORE AND AFTER YOUTUBE CHANGES

    JWCFREE VIEW HISTORY BEFORE AND AFTER YOUTUBE CHANGES

    In December, at the close of 2009, I took the average of the last 54 videos and it came up to only 5,949,000 views for the most recent 54 videos. I took this stopping point of 54 videos because this was about the time I had made my Hulu Tube video discussing the proposed changes that youtube was going to implement. This way I could find a way to gauge the impact of the new popular section of the site and how it has affected channels that have consistently made videos over the past 3 to 4 years.

    Not to much of a surprise did I find that the average views per video have gone down just under 600,000 views per video. While this is only one example, I have found that most of the channels that have been making videos for over 2 years have had a significant drop in video views especially starting in 2009. This chart below shows how when this channel was in its infancy with very few subscribers that it was getting exponentially more views than it does to this day with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. In just the first 16 videos ever made on this channel it had over 12,538,000 views for its first 16 videos. This is an average of over 780,000 views per video when this channel was just getting started. The total for even just the first 16 videos alone is more than double the most recent 54 videos combined.

    WHAT CAUSED THE VIEWS TO DROP?
    The introduction to the popular page and hiding the sub search categories

    There is an old saying out of site, out of mind.

    For people who use youtube regularly they don’t understand how such a small change in the site can completely disrupt the flow of traffic from one area to another. If you use a site every day, these changes wont affect you much, but they do affect the casual user in a major way. Being on the 3rd page of a search on google is about as good as being on the 300th page. So if it is not right in front of someone, then it might be missed completely.

    From what I have seen, the popular page was introduced to ensure the best possible placement for preferred partner channels and copyright infringing clips from tv shows and sporting events. While youtube clearly has to remove all copyrighted material from their site when notified, they can also benefit greatly by unknown users uploading these clips to their site.

    DEAD IN 48 HOURS

    What many people fail to realize is that for a normal video it has a shelf life of about 48 hours on youtube. Originally back in 2007 once your video went past 48 hours and was of the “videos of the day” and moved on to the videos of the week and of the month the views for these videos would drop to sometimes nothing or next to nothing. A normal video (not a viral video) used to get the majority of its views from being on this high traffic area of youtube, but once that first 48 hours was up and the video was naturally removed from this section of the site, there went the traffic as well.

    Here is an example of how the 48 hour rule works with a videos exposure during that time it is on the videos of the day list and how the views drop to almost nothing once the first 48 hours is up.

    Non Partner VS Promoted Partner Video Views

    Non Partner VS Promoted Partner Video Views

    In the image above you will see how the views look on a normal video made by a non-partner or a smaller partner. It will rise to a certain level and then pretty much flatten out. On the flip side lets take a look at how a video continues to grow that is constantly promoted by youtube well after the first 48 hours.

    You will see how the views continue to flow into a video that is not really a viral video, but it is one that gets put on many sections of the site to keep the views flowing to it long after the first 48 hours of the videos life cycle.

    THE POPULAR PAGE HAS NO 48 HOUR TIME LIMIT

    There is one key aspect of the popular page that most people overlook. Back before these changes were made a video could only be on the “videos of the day” section for the first 48 hours. Once the 48 hours was up that video would move into “videos of the week” Then to “videos of the month”. The popular page has no time limit. There have been many videos that make it to the top front of the popular page that are up to and over a week old.

    No time limit on the Popular Page

    No time limit on the Popular Page

    No time limit for being on the popular page

    No time limit for being on the popular page

    So this makes it virtually impossible for a new smaller channel to rise through the ranks of the videos of the day to get to the most viewed section of the youtube website. Whereas other partners can literally upload a video and in a matter of a couple hours be deemed “popular” and be put in popular page before its first refresh happens. The first refresh happens after a video gets to be about 6 to 10 hours old. This is the frozen view count that happens after a video’s view count hits somewhere between 300 and 350 views. Those first 300 or so views on a video are in real time. Then after that it will only refresh every few hours.

    PROMOTED TO POPULAR IN LESS THAN 8 HOURS

    Here is a screenshot of the popular page with 16 out of 23 video on the first page are in their infancy are already deemed “popular”.

    Pushed Popular Partners with less than 400 views

    Pushed Popular Partners with less than 400 views

    Here is a link to the full sized image
    One would think that since youtube has a section called “rising videos” that these videos would fall into that category first and then rise to the popular page after the first 24 hours or so. It seems that these categories are actually pretty meaningless as far as the titles go.

    THE THUMBNAIL ADVANTAGE

    For those that don’t remember the default page, when you clicked on “videos” it used to be the most viewed videos of the day. If you were lucky back in 2006 and 2007, you may be able to get your video up on the most viewed page. If you made it to the very front page of the most viewed videos of the day, it would ensure that you would get another 50,000 to 2,000,000 views depending on the subject matter and thumbnail. On rare occasions, the right video at the right time with the right thumbnail back then could get you a view count in the tens of millions of views as shown below:

    Thumbnails Dont Help Get Views, do they?

    Thumbnails Dont Help Get Views, do they?

    The middle video in the thumbnail is sitting at around 35,000,000 total views at the time this blog was created. This is just one of many examples of how the right image for the thumbnail could cause a video to gain a tremendous amount of views. If you look at the video before and after, the views are nowhere near as close to the middle one. The video itself is actually a pretty good one. It mocked the people that were clicking on it to see some sexy video only to be found out that it was just a doll. Pretty funny. Needless to say all the perves on the site were angry and didn’t like it much.

    The implementation of the popular page was created to ensure that certain channels would be place in prime position on the site to allow for maximum growth and to try to minimalize the traffic to non-partner channels. The reason for this is that for every click on a video that is not a partner with youtube it costs them money, but if they are able to push the traffic towards their partners they put in high rotation they can build those channels larger and in turn will allow them to more easily make the other lists as well like the most discussed, top rated and even the most viewed.

    FOLLOW THE PARTNERS AND THE REVENUE

    If you want to understand why this is being done like this, it is simple. Any video that someone clicks on that is not a partner is loss for youtube. So if your channel is not a partner and your video does not have an advertisement next to it, youtube loses money for EVERY VIEW that video gets, conversely, youtube generates revenue for every view that does have an advertisement next to it. So it is not by a great stretch of the imagination that youtube would want no one to click on any video that does not have an advertisement on it. This image below is from 2008 when they put the red triangle next to all partner videos to allow the user, with one simple click, the removal of ALL non-partner videos.

    Show only Partner Videos Red Triangle

    Show only Partner Videos Red Triangle

    This is when I first realized that a channel must partner or perish.

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    There has been a long history of sex related videos on youtube. Back in 2008 I made this video entitled sex tube where I suggested this feature of giving us the option to click on a button to filter these videos out for those that are not interested in them. Here is the video below:

    Needless to say that my suggesting this to youtube got this video flagged for about 2 years. The irony being that almost all the sex videos that would be found on the right side of this one actually having sexual content were not flagged. I don’t think any company in the world could give google/youtube a run for their money when it comes to hypocrisy. It all boils down to if they like you or not. If you are on the protected list of channels you can gets hundreds of flags on your videos and they won’t be taken down, but if you are a nobody with no connections you will most undoubtedly get the boot.

    2 CHANNELS – 2 RULES
    One Promoted, one blacklisted, both uses sex to sell their videos

    To illustrate this issue a little further on the double standards of this site and how one channel can use sex to sell their videos and another channel using sex to sell theirs are dealt with in two completely different ways. These channels both use sex to sell their videos, but one channel actually has the girl in the videos and the other you get some guy who will talk about a girl in the thumbnail for about 20 seconds with the girl no where to be found. So how does youtube handle this situation? That’s right, the partner channel that uses the fake thumbnail is almost always front and center on the popular page while the other channel appeared to get blacklisted from that page. Below you will see first hand how one channel was given a boost for using fake thumbs, while the other channel was made virtually invisible for actually having the girl in the video.

    2 channels 2 rules

    2 channels 2 rules

    Youtube Partner Thumbnail Comparison and view counts

    Youtube Partner Thumbnail Comparison and view counts

    If you look at the views on the channel, on the top, its views went up roughly 300% when it started using these fake thumbnails to promote its video. Yet the other channel below who actually had the girl in the video that used her to sell the video got crushed when youtube decided to pull the plug on their exposure on the site. Their views went down over 90% when they were removed off of the high traffic areas of youtube. The one thing to keep in mind is that the channel on the bottom was growing at an incredible pace while in the green, but when youtube made a few changes in how their videos would be seen on the site this channel that had almost 250,000 subscribers fell completely off the map. So if this can happen to a channel that large, imagine how tough it would be for a brand new channel to make it on a site that clearly controls who gets where.

    One little side note on the top 100 channels on youtube. This data in no way assumes to make claims that any particular channel makes either good or bad videos. This is NOT saying that the channels in the top 100 don’t deserve to be in the top 100. What this IS saying is that they would not grow as fast or have so many videos of theirs be in the highest traffic areas of the site. To give a little perspective on the rate of growth of the top 100 channels over the years. The number one channel in 2006 had roughly 60,000 subscribers, in 2007 the number one channel had roughly 195,000 subscribers, in 2008 the number one channel had roughly 650,000 subscribers and in January 2010 the number one channel had just over 1,750,000 and at the midway point of 2010 the number one channel has just under 2,500,000 subscribers.

    The Number 1 Most subscribed Channel on Youtube 2006 - 2010

    The Number 1 Most subscribed Channel on Youtube 2006 - 2010

    While these percentages don’t seem as drastic as the view counts, the sheer volume of subscribers gained is astounding considering that the growth of the number one channel from 2006 was just over 60,000 the number 100 channel in July of 2010 is just over 300,000. The growth of these channels would naturally grow at a higher pace over time, but they would have to be making a lot of new videos every week to keep the growth rate up. Under the original system of youtube, the older videos would fade away and the new videos would take their place. Under the new system these channels and their videos are constantly appearing throughout the website.

    SO HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?
    How does a channel and video grow from when you first join youtube?

    There are 3 types of people that use youtube. There are people that watch videos. There are people that create original content and there are those that do both. I happen to be one of those people that have done both.

    I started watching videos on youtube in 2006 and I started making them at the very beginning of 2007. After making well over 100 videos and seeing how it works, I can tell you first hand how a video view count and channel growth would happen when I started my channel.

    A channels first phase begins with little to no subscribers or support. You are on your own to either build a successful channel or have it become just another flop.

    Since you start out with literally zero subscribers it is hard to tell right away if your content is any good or not. People would have to stumble across your videos by accident and if they liked them they might subscribe to you. So if you don’t know anyone that would mention your channel in a video, you are going to have a tough time getting your first few videos seen at all. After making the first 5 to 10 videos I slowly began to see my channel grow to a few hundred subscribers. This is the very first phase of any old channel on youtube.

    The second phase is when those few hundred subscribers would start to watch your videos right away and they would in turn start to rate and comment your videos. This would put them on the site visibly in the top videos of the day. Early on your videos would most likely be in the sub-category like entertainment or people and blogs. So your video may be low on the list, but it was still on the list and it was visible for everyone to see. Here is a screen shot of how the videos page used to look below.

    Most Viewed the day videos 2007

    Most Viewed the day videos 2007

    Now these categories are completely hidden from view. This will be discussed in more detail later.

    So as people surfed around the sub categories looking for videos they may be interested in watching they would usually see the smaller channels that were just starting out at the bottoms of these sub categories like the top rated, most discussed and top favorites. So depending on the subject your video was on and how quickly people would see your video on the different sub categories, your video of the day would grow accordingly.

    THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS
    What do these numbers really mean?

    Having a lot of subscribers carries a lot of weight around youtube. I guarantee you if someone with a million subscribers emails someone they will most likely get a reply from those that they contact. On the flip side I am sure that the first thing people look at whenever someone emails them is how big their channel is. If this is a small-unknown channel they are going to bother replying to them.

    So what is the truth behind the all important subscriber number?

    The truth is that only a small portion of a video’s views comes from the people that actually subscribe to them. I have seen it as little as 3.5%. Below are a few examples of what percentage of people that watch a video are watching it from the subscriber module.

    The Truth About Subscriber Numbers and Views

    The Truth About Subscriber Numbers and Views

    3.45% of views coming from subscribers

    3.45% of views coming from subscribers

    The amount of channels that someone is subscribed to varies from a few channels to a few thousand channels. That is unless that channel uses a subscription bot or a friend bot to subscribe or friend channels all over youtube. There have been channels exposing this practice which is illustrated below in this image.

    Friend Request bot 188000 plus friends

    Friend Request bot 188000 plus friends

    I will discuss the use of bots and cheating the system in another section of this post.

    The third phase of a channels growth is when a channel continuously creates videos on a regular basis and its core followers in the hundreds or a few thousands will continually watch all your videos. They will show their appreciation for your videos by commenting and rating them and even putting it in their favorites to help promote it or so they can watch it again later. During this phase your channel would start to be seen not only in the sub categories like entertainment or people and blogs, but you will start to be in the overall category that is the best videos of every subcategory. So that means of all the videos uploaded on youtube in the past 48 hours, your video could be one of the top 100 videos of the day. Most new channels that were created after 2008 will never have a chance to reach those milestones.

    YOUTUBE CHANGES END 2007

    Towards the end of 2007, youtube had made its first set of REAL changes that would negatively affect the growth of the newer and smaller channels. They hid the top rated, the most discussed and the top favorites from view. This does not seem like much, but the view counts began to show otherwise. Here is what the videos of the day looked like after these changes.

    Youtube Changes at the end of 2007

    Youtube Changes at the end of 2007

    On the surface it doesn’t look like much to the average user, but only after seeing the views drop on the videos people were making, it became clear this was not helping the same videos they were getting in the months before those changes happened.

    After seeing this happening to not only my videos, but other channels I have been watching I made this video titled “Youtube Changes Need Fixing”

    This video was fairly well received at the time and gained 22 honors in the first 48 hours.

    Youtube changes need fixing stats

    Youtube changes need fixing stats

    So it seemed pretty clear that I was not alone on my thoughts about these changes. This was the very first time I made a video that was negative about youtube in any way. I never planned on making any videos on this subject before and I didn’t plan on making any more after this one. Up until this time, I always felt that I had a fair chance of being viewed like all the other channels on the site. If I made a video and it got 20,000 views or if it got over 200,000 I felt that it grew according to the demand of the subject. Once these changes took place you could see a clear drop off in views soon after. Initially I thought this was just a judgment error and once people pointed the effects of these changes out to them they would realize this and go back to the old format that worked so well.

    YOUTUBE CHANGED BACK IN 2008

    Soon after all these videos began popping up on these new changes, youtube didn’t change the site back but implemented a different but more visible style to the site. Below is how the site looked after they made a modification on the videos of the day page.

    New Youtube format 2008

    New Youtube format 2008

    What used to be on the right was now put above. Not as good as the earlier layout, but much better than the one mentioned in the video above. So clearly most people including myself were very happy that they listened to us and modified the page to a more user-friendly experience.

    THE VIACOM LAWSUIT – VIACOM VS YOU VIDEO HISTORY

    We now come to the dreaded Viacom lawsuit. While this lawsuit did originate back in 2007 I didn’t feel the effects on my channel until my viacom vs you video was taken down by a copyright claim from Viacom (or so I thought).

    I created this video below to show the frustration of the user generated community that actually spend a lot of money in support of their media be it television shows or feature films or even music videos. It came out that in the lawsuit that Viacom was going to go after every users’ viewing history and uploading history and that was when people all over the internet spoke out against this action by Viacom.

    While I do agree that Viacom and other companies like them should be allowed to protect their media from theft, they also need to leave the users’ private information alone. Their battle was with Youtube, not its users.

    I made this video as soon as I found out that Viacom had made copyright claim against my video.

    Within just a few days of making this video about the false copyright claim, my video was restored. I did not file a counter claim or take any action beyond this video. I made the following videos on this subject trying to help expose this very flawed system of false flagging and DMCA reform here on youtube.

    WHO IS TO BLAME? AND DMCA REFORM
    How could a video be taken down that had nothing wrong with it?

    Once all the facts came out and youtube had a system where it would allow anyone with an anonymous email address to take any video down off of youtube, that was when I knew that youtube was to blame. Plain and simple. It is their site. It is their system. It is their fault. You can’t just create a system where any 12 year old who doesn’t like you can file a legal document against you or any other user. This is the equivalent of someone setting a box full of badges, tasers, guns, hand cuffs and pepper spray in a playground and telling kids under 18 to go ahead and arrest anyone they don’t like and use any force necessary. It is absurd. A kid is not going to see this as a REAL crime. They just see it as flaming someone. They don’t see it for what it is, a crime.

    So once all this came to light after talking to Jeremy Zweig (Vice President, Viacom Media and Editorial) I realized how flawed the system really was and that Viacom itself had nothing to do with it. It was the completely inept system that youtube had created to deal with filing copyright claims on videos. So after thinking about this subject a great deal I felt I had a way to implement a system that could help all involved. It would help the users, the content owners and youtube. The details are in the video below.

    THE DMCA REFORM FAILED – NOTHING CHANGED

    At the very end of the video I stated clearly that it was up to the community to spread the word and maybe if enough people supported this video that maybe they would listen. Unfortunately the video was a complete flop. People were tired of the subject. This is why we fail. The first video now has well over 900,000 views and the DMCA Reform video only hit about 25,000 views in the first few weeks and now sits at a meager 40,000. That is hardly going to make youtube stand up and listen.

    Unlike most other users that have made videos before and after mine, I kept up the fight after my video came back up. I didn’t want this same situation to happen to anyone else. It was bad enough I had to go through this personally. When most channels get a claim against them they just make a video about themselves and how they need their video back up and once it is back up they never talk about it again or try to help someone else whom this has happened to.

    It was at this point that I knew the truth. We really didn’t matter on the site and even worse people will only support a single subject or topic for so long before they tire of it. Sure they get all up in arms for a day or two, but sooner or later the interest fades and no real progress is made. The solution was relatively easy and cost efficient, but youtube had no interest in fixing it.

    So at this point I was pretty burned out on the subject. I spent months on it and we didn’t get anywhere. So I left youtube all together for about 6 months. I didn’t log in or anything. I needed a break from it all. FYI, I never made a single penny from youtube since my first video. This was all time spent on my own with no personal gain coming from this effort in any way. I knew one thing; the larger channels didn’t seem to worry about this because they were not getting the brunt of the suspensions. So I knew that because I had a decent amount of subscribers I might be able to build up enough support to help fix a system that is clearly broken.

    If people show strong support for something, then you have some motivation to make more videos on a particular subject, but once it is clear that the desire for change of real improvement is lost, then any more videos would be pointless.

    I never made a video saying I was quitting youtube or something lame like that. I always hated those types of videos. It always seemed like a desperate attempt to play your subscribers for sympathy. The only time I did say that I would stop making videos is when my viacom video was taken down. I said that if my video was not restored I was done uploading videos to youtube. I said it and I meant it. If my video would not have been restored that video “Viacom Guilty?” would have been my last video on this channel.

    WORKING TOGETHER
    How the smaller channels have a tough time working together towards a common goal.

    So after the 6 months went by I talked to few of the people I knew fairly well on youtube and was thinking about coming back, but I also knew that with the changes in the site that we needed to have the information style channels work together to help promote each other. So before I came back to the site I sent emails to about 8 channels that were news oriented to help build one large channel and pool our subscribers together to help all the REAL news style channels to help increase the exposure of news related videos on the site.

    INN The Internet News Network

    INN The Internet News Network

    So before I made my first video I wanted to contact a few of these channels and try to build a news colab channel. Needless to say that everyone who makes these “news” video didn’t see the value of working together on something like this and it died off before it even got started. The interesting thing to note here is that many of the top 100 channels will do colab videos with other top channels to help both channels grow. I first brought up this idea back in early 2007 when the partner issue came up when the first batch of youtube partners were brought in and were making money on the site. I was always for the partner program from day one. This video is proof of that.

    Some people have erroneously come to the conclusion that I am against the partner program in general. This is not the case. I always felt it was needed to allow the site to grow into a full business model.

    So over the course of the last year or so the news related videos have gotten less and less visible while being drowned out by smosh clones. Just like with TV, youtube has chosen to beat us to death with the same style of channels over and over again on the front page. Just like when E.R. Was popular every network wanted their version of E.R. Now we have 10 different C.S.I. Style shows all trying to milk that market till the last drop of interest is sucked out of it. Youtube is following that same philosophy. They see a channel do something and if it works they try to shove 10 more channels like it down our throats instead of looking for the next new thing and showing us that.

    This statement above is not to say that the quality of the videos themselves are bad, but a little more variety would be nice. Before, the users themselves would rate comment and favorite the videos they liked. Now we are shown the same thing over and over again day in and day out. It is like flashing back to the days of Benifer and Gigli. While these channels may be good channels making good videos, it would be nice to have the old system back where we decide what was popular.

    THE HULU TUBE VIDEO

    The high and low point for this channel. For the Record I stand behind EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THAT VIDEO. If you can’t see that things have changed dramatically on this site in the past 2 years after reading this information, then I can’t help you. At this point and time with all the changes that have been made you would have to be blind not to see what is happening. First the beta channel that NO ONE WANTED, not even the top youtube partners (more information on this below). Then the ELIMINATION of the ratings system BEFORE you click on the video.

    BREAKDOWN OF THE POPULAR PAGE

    Now youtube is blatantly promoting commercials on the popular page that have only 37 comments and 31 total ratings with 20% of the viewers disliking the video.

    Youtube Promoting Television commercials

    Youtube Promoting Television commercials

    Yet this video is right there on the top, of the front, of the popular page is over videos that have thousands of comments and thousands of ratings with 95% or higher liking the video. So if you can’t see this going on right now, then at this point you don’t even have your eyes open. The information is right in front of you every day. Nothing that is shown in this blog is not visible to anyone that uses this site.

    For a little perspective. Here are some of the honors for one of the videos that I made that to my knowledge NEVER made the front of the popular page

    Video Honors

    Video Honors

    This is just one example of many. I know that this has happened to other videos with a lot of honors, but I can only speak from my personal experiences with youtube.

    That is the REAL beauty of the popular page for youtube. It has no real meaning. It’s as a beer company with a slogan like… Drink Duff Beer “the official beer of Friday Nights”. It means nothing! The most viewed videos of the day is pretty straight forward. A video with 200,000 views will be higher on the page than a video with 150,000 views. The most discussed page is the same way. A video with 500 comments will be higher than one with 450 comments. The favorites are the same as the comments and the ratings are also mathematically driven. The popular page is meaningless. This is nothing more than an extension of the youtube featuring system, except better. Youtube can have popular videos, that are clearly copyright infringing videos, on the popular page all day long, since they appear NOT to be hand picking them like the featuring system. Here is a screen-shot of the popular page that had 15 of the top 25 videos on the popular page that were television clips which were not uploaded by a network channel.

    Popular page copyright infringing videos

    Popular page littered with copyright infringing videos

    Youtube has the best of both worlds. It gets to benefit from all the copyright infringing content, but it pays no penalty for that media being on the site. The dirty little secret is that youtube needs smaller users to upload this content to keep people coming to the site. A new channel can pop up and upload a copyright infringing video, but if it doesn’t make it to the popular page it will never get as many views as it does when it is on that page for days. It is one thing to have a copyright infringing video get uploaded to youtube, but it’s quite another to have that video promoted on their site on the front videos of the day page. They say they don’t monitor the website, but I think after using the site for the last few years, it is very clear that it appears that since they created a new page with no definitive parameters, any video can make the popular page. The lifetime commercial with 37 comments and 31 ratings is all the proof you need. This video was about as unpopular as a video can get. There was no real buzz for this video yet there it is on the top of the first page in the popular section. It is so blatant and obvious that it insults the intelligence of its users.

    WHY RATINGS HAD TO GO

    Why The Ratings Had to GO

    Why The Ratings Had to GO

    Once the ratings are completely removed the popular page will be even tougher to dispute.

    They can’t push their corporate partners with a strong ratings system because they always get slammed. People have shown time and time again they want solid content, not some lame commercial or bait and switch video.

    YOUTUBE VS TV

    Here is a question for you. What do you get when you remove the ratings and comments from youtube?

    You get Television.

    If we wanted to watch TV we wouldn’t be on youtube. Watching this site getting taken down from the inside with a wrecking ball is just sad. What made youtube interesting is that you could actually interact with the video maker. Now even the once independent channel don’t show their subscriptions, friends or let people post a video response. They have morphed into their own little isolated television show. It is amazing to watch the fame go to their heads and close out the rest of the community. They have their select group of channels that they cross promote and now some of them have up to and over 5 different channels they make just to feed their ego’s. The videos on those channels are not that different to warrant that many channels. The side affect is that if a channel has a million subscribers that they can make a separate channel and that one will immediately grow to over 100,000 to 200,000 right away and this takes up one more slot in the top 100 most subscribed. This means eliminating someone else from this list for no other reason than to feed their own ego.

    It is well known that I personally have two channels, but I quit one to start another channel and I didn’t make a new video on there for over a year and a half. I have to explain this here because some 12 year old that heard the word hypocrisy one time in a sentence thinks they know how to use the word in the comments section. So they will come here and try to use it on me and fail miserably. I have seen it time and time again.

    YOUTUBE IS NOW A TALENT AGENCY, NOT A VIDEO HOSTING SITE

    Before, they were able to claim a defence stating that they were just a video host and it was their job to remove items when a claim was made against a channel or video. Once they implemented the popular page and made that the default page instead of the most viewed, this changed them from a provider to something like a top 40 radio station playing the same old hits over and over again. Youtube at this point went from a video hosting site to a talent agency. Hand picking some channels over others and giving them airtime while others were excluded from getting into high rotation on their coveted front page. It is my opinion that when youtube created sections of the site that were not quantitative in measure like most viewed, top rate, most discussed and top favorited, that they lost their hosting status protection under the DMCA rules. If they are actively promoting channels and videos every day on their “popular” page this means they are not just a video hosting site any more. Therefore they can no longer claim that they have no control of what videos go where on the site.

    Everything I’ve shown are things anyone can see if they know how to look for it. There are people that still don’t know if the world is round to this day, but just because you dont know that it is, doesn’t make any less of a fact. This video below illustrates that.

    I watched a couple of videos on this subject that were made just a day or two of my video saying that my video was not true. The very first videos were all made by youtube partners. These are the same people that cash their paychecks from the very site they are taking sides with. What a shock. Interestingly enough they never once mentioned in their videos that they are in fact paid by youtube when they make videos so it is VERY CLEAR to anyone that there is a conflict of interest when they discuss this subject.

    THE FACTS ABOUT THE HULU TUBE VIDEO
    Lets look at a few facts before I go into this any further:

    · Youtube themselves NEVER refuted these articles or my video
    · Youtube themselves NEVER made any statement on the subject whatsoever
    · The only people initially against my video were paid partners of Youtube
    · I was NEVER contacted by them in any way regarding my video
    · Libel and Slander laws prevent articles like this from being made (you can’t just print anything you want and not have any repercussions)
    · My video was not the only one on this subject.
    · Youtube posted that the Beta Channels would be live in July, but that didn’t happen for months later. (They clearly don’t meet deadlines when it comes to major changes on the site)
    · Youtube implemented many changes that no one wanted, yet they did them anyway
    · Some partners that made videos against my video, yet within one year some of them made their own videos urging viewers against things like the beta channel or the new beta viewer

    It is funny that many people didn’t call out these channels for their blatant hypocrisy. One video they make, says they back youtube, then the next video they make is against them just like I did. So it is ok when they want to do it, but if someone else does then it is not true. These people couldn’t see it coming a mile away, yet now that it is right in front of them they want to act like they care now. These are the same types of people that were looking out for the icebergs on the Titanic. They had all the warning signs ahead of time, but they couldn’t see the ice until it was right in front of them. That just shows you how people really don’t pay attention to any facts. Some of their subscribers just blindly follow and think they can do no wrong. We all know these people as fanboys. The mindless drones who follow these channels around like they were listening to Jim Jones himself.

    After making hundreds of videos and always supporting the community from day one, I was somewhat surprised at how easily people could be fooled into thinking this video was anything but legitimate. The word came out that youtube was going to make what appeared to be a major overhaul to the website. This was reported in the following links.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-new-youtube-will-look-like-hulu-2009-3#comments

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10221459-93.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1023_3-0-5

    These are just a few of the places that were talking about these kinds of changes that were to be taking place somewhere around April of 2009. So after taking a close look at this, I knew that if people didn’t speak up soon, we would be pushed into a small corner of the website. So I made a very pointed video illustrating some of the changes that had been made in the past and how if these proposed changes went through that the smaller independent channels would be marginalized to only a footnote in the overall site.

    THE REAL PROBLEM
    Why we failed

    So just like before in 2007 I wanted to give people a heads up on this to see if we could speak loud enough for everyone to hear us including youtube. Some have criticized my video for being so pointed even to the point of calling it fear mongering. Which is absurd. The truth is I saw NO big youtube partners supporting the cause in the struggle between Viacom and the youtube users. I normally never do this, but I even emailed Michael and Natalie to see if they would help. They were in the top 50 most subscribed. Maybe they could help support the users in this. I traded a couple emails with them before so I thought that maybe they could make a short video on it. Neither email was returned. So I knew we were on our own in speaking out. Just after my Viacom Guilty? Video, someone told me about a blog by (at the time) a large youtube channel that posted my video on his blog. So I followed the link to read the blog and to my surprise it advocated doing nothing about it.

    Letting the little guys do the work

    Letting the little guys do the work

    His exact quote was “I’m staying the heck out of it, and make videos of myself pouring candy into my coffee”. Normally I don’t care if people want to support a cause or not. It is their choice. The problem I had with this is that if he wanted to stay out of it, then stay out of it. To basically post a blog about a subject and then say I am going to stay out of it is about as lame as it gets. This is a person that when it affected him not getting partnered by youtube went on his own personal crusade to get his channel partnered and even made his own video about the abuses of Viacom with copyright law. Then when someone else talks about it, he is going to stay out of it. I don’t see how you can be any more self serving than that.

    This was the reason why I made my hulu video as pointed as I did. I was tired of watching these larger channels sit on their asses while the rest of us were trying to take steps to help make this site better by speaking up and speaking out. Here is the part the really stings. When and if we ever win a battle with a company the likes of Viacom or Warner Music Group these larger channels would benefit from all the work of the smaller channels they were to busy to help. Most of the people that showed the most support were channels that had less than 5,000 subscribers.

    SLANDERED AND LIBELED BY YOU TUBE PARTNERS

    So the days came and went after the hulu video. The video took off and people uploaded it to their channels and did their part to support it. Soon after a small handful of youtube partners came along saying that this video was a lie. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised that anyone would say anything of the sort. In my entire time on youtube I have never once trolled anyone. I have never made a sock account. I never once up until that time made a single video against another youtube user. So I had to make a rebuttal video letting people know that these so called critics of mine make their money with youtube and that could very easily explain their “Pro-Youtube” Stance.

    THE YOUTUBE BITCH SLAP

    Some tried to justify their videos saying that they are independent from youtube in which they are independent, but they are also not stupid enough to speak out against youtube when they have seen the youtube partner bitch slap in action.

    The Youtube Bitch Slap

    Earlier in 2009 a channel made a video on youtube and it got censored from the website. I believe all the honors were removed because of some of the language used in the video. So this person makes a video saying that was B.S. that their video got taken down. Just a few short days later this channel was suspended outright. So this person makes a video saying that his channel got suspended and he doesn’t think he will get it back, but youtube said it had nothing to do with his censored video. It was because of a video that was made a while ago. I found that to be a VERY strange coincidence to have a channel that just happened to get suspended just days after a protest video about youtube and then they claim it had nothing to do with him getting suspended. I am calling shenanigans on that one.

    So because of some of these videos and the fact that youtube seemed to delay these changes some people started thinking this was some sort of hoax. What people fail to realize is that you can’t just say or write anything especially about business and not get sued for it. There are laws against that sort of thing. Mainly Libel and slander laws.

    THE HULU TUBE CONCLUSION

    Here is the question that you must ask. If these articles that I based my videos on were wrong, then why was no one sued? Why did youtube themselves not say anything publicly refuting these claims? They didn’t do so because they had no grounds to do so. I never received one email correcting my video. I also contacted the source of the story and they stood by their story 100%. The only people refuting my video and the claims in it were people that were cashing paychecks from youtube.

    So you can believe that:

    A) Someone dreamed up this entire thing to trick you into believe this great big hoax and it was all some sort of elaborate post April Fool’s day joke that just happened to be right after all on accident.

    Or you can believe that:

    B) Maybe these stories were accurate and either youtube delayed these changes on purpose to avoid any more backlash or they just didn’t have everything ready to make these changes. They have been known to be late before so this is not some huge stretch of the imagination.

    There are 26% of ignorant Americans that have no idea who we claimed our independence from. Some people when asked actually said China. This is NOT a joke.

    That would have to make some of the founding fathers a bunch of strange looking Chinese people.

    So if you happen to fall into group A), do us both a favor and stay away from my videos and blogs because you clearly won’t be able to follow anything else I have to say on any other subject.

    THE BETA CHANNELS

    So I figured I would wait and see what would happen over the next few months. Sure enough the beta channels were introduced and forced on the users. It is hard to even put into words how much people hated these channels. Here is a screen-shot of youtube’s own blog with literally tens of thousands of comments telling them how much they hated the new layout.

    Youtube Beta Channel Video Rated 1 star

    Youtube Beta Channel Video Rated 1 star

    THE UNANIMOUS OUTRAGE AND PROTEST OVER THE BETA CHANNELS

    One of my subscribers Convervativeco did a little research on the feedback the youtube users were posting on their blog. I asked him to keep an eye on the feedback and if he got me some information I would share it with everyone. The results were almost unanimous.

    “Okay, I’ve looked over 200 comments on the Blog entry announcing the delusional idea of forcing us to have Beta Channels on 8 separate occasions. Here are the results of those polls:
    (Against = % of comments against this Idea; Support= % of comments for this Idea; Spam= % of comments that were spam)
    DAY 1:
    10:45 PM EST
    99.95% Against (190/200)
    .02% Support (4/200)
    .03% Spam (6/200)

    11:45 PM EST
    99.98% Against(196/200)
    .01% Support (2/200)
    .01% Spam (2/200)

    Day 2:
    12:45 AM EST
    99.97% Against (194/200)
    .01% Support (2/200)
    .02% Spam (4/200)

    9:00 AM EST
    99.97% Against (194/200)
    .015% Support (3/200)
    .015% Spam (3/200)

    1:00 PM EST
    99%.935 Against (188/200)
    .02% Support (4/200)
    .045% Spam (9/100)

    2:15 PM EST
    99.96% Against (192/200)
    .035% Support (7/200)
    .005% Spam (1/200)

    3:45 PM EST
    99.965% against (193/200)
    .02% Support (4/200)
    .015% Spam (3/200)

    6:30 PM EST
    99.95% Against (190/200)
    .025% Support (5/200)
    .025% Spam (5/200)

    If you average these together, you find that 99.98% are against this and .02% support this. I think that the 99.98 to .02 ratio is a good indicator of all You Tuber’s opinion of this because they put a link up on every channel. So everybody should know about this who’s logged in.

    So with overwhelming 99.98% against this delusional plan, if You Tube actually lived up to their name, slogan and claim that they want to make your channel a personal space, they’d listen to the overwhelming people who oppose this and give us a choice between the new Beta and the Old Channels.”

    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TOP 100 CHANNELS AND THE BETA CHANNELS

    Youtube tried to convince everyone that these new changes were great by promoting a handful of top channels that actually switched to this downgrade. Here is a video that shows that almost none of the top 100 channels actually switched to the new channels early.

    Here are a couple of videos on this subject:

    Virtually no one wanted to use this “2.0 Channel design”, but they didn’t care what everyone wanted. Interestingly enough one of my harshest critics of my hulu tube video made two videos against the beta channel change over. These channels were around when I made my video and it was found under the heading superseekrit before they went live. This is just another thing that some people said was not going to happen that was around when I made my video on this subject.

    Here is something people may not be aware of when it comes to the beta channels. If you are a partner with an advertisement on it you only have just 3 videos viewable out of hundreds that you may have. The page over time has also proven to be very glitchy having problems loading from time to time and freezing up.

    Beta Channel With Ad Layout Space

    Beta Channel With Ad Layout Space

    THE REAL POWER OF THE BETA CHANNEL

    What people fail to realize with these new beta channels is that they stop viewers from seeing the related videos while they are locked into a particular channel. The reason why this is important is because millions of views that used to come from the related videos have now been eliminated due to this new beta channel player. For those users that use this site on a regular basis know first hand how many times they have watched a video and clicked on a related video after the video they are watching finished playing. This flow of traffic from one video to another has now been eliminated while a person is watching videos through the new beta channel player. While it cannot be for certain exactly how many views are lost, the fact that the related videos have been eliminated cannot be ignored.

    So why would youtube create such a player that would function like this? Simple. When a corporate channel promotes their site and brings traffic to their channel their viewers will stay on their channel until they actively click away from it. So this gives that channel a higher chance for multiple video views of their videos rather than the user watching one video and moving on. This should increase the profitability for both youtube and the larger partner channels.

    THE ALLEGED YOUTUBE PARTNER CHEATERS
    The youtube partners that cheat the system make money and get promoted by youtube for doing it.

    Back in February during the olympics a few youtube users hit the perfect storm for cheating the system for views in the most disgraceful manner to date. They struck pay dirt when Nodar Kumaritashvili the georgian Luger was killed during his run and the users couldn’t wait to cash in using fake thumbnails with fake titles claiming to have the “Raw Footage” of the accident yet it was just them mugging in front of the camera while pretending to give a damn. I really didn’t want to get involved in it at first but user after user kept pulling this same stunt, after the 3rd partner channel jumped on the bandwagon I made this video below.

    THE BLOOD MONEY

    I didn’t make this video because one person did this. I made this video because youtube clearly pushed two of these videos on the popular page allowing them to rack up over 8,000,000 views in just a couple of days. When channels are not only allowed to do this but be actively promoted in doing so they are just as guilty of exploiting this man’s death. I will give credit to the person that I mentioned indirectly in my video. He came by my video and posted the following comments on my video and my blog

    “I will be honest, I never thought I did anything wrong. I don’t look at death the same way as others, I’ve seen too much of it and it doesn’t affect me the same way.

    I will say your video put a foot in my ass, all bullshit aside, it put a foot up my ass. I never thought about it the way you put it. This isn’t to brown nose or kiss up to you, as I have always had respect for you. The points you made in the video put me in my place Real Weekly News.

    After looking at it the way you put it, it does make me feel somewhat ashamed, because while of course I was trying to get views, I didn’t really think of the innocent. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, so I struck while the iron was hot.

    I deleted the third video yesterday, and have changed the title and thumbs of the 2nd video. Not because I’m scared of what people will think, I’m sure millions hate me already. I changed it because your video made 100% sense to me. I didn’t look at it like that before. Let me be the first to thank you for this video.”

    This comment was made on my video when one of his supporters came to my video in his defense.

    “I appreciate the defense, but this video goes beyond me not trying to offend. The video is right.”

    While I thought it was in poor taste in what he did, he listened to what I had to say and didn’t get defensive and took one of the videos down and put a link to his videos to mine with a pause annotation asking them to watch my video.

    Luge Video Annotation

    Luge Video Annotation

    He didn’t have to do anything, but he did a LOT more than some of the other people who did the same thing. That brings us to this guy here that saw his success with those videos and then tried to lie about it and on top of that he then tried to put the blame on people who were looking up his videos he posted with a misleading title and a misleading thumbnail.

    Cheating the System for Views and Subscribers

    Cheating the System for Views and Subscribers

    He has been exposed as a bot user by the household hacker as well. His channel grew by over 10,000 subscribers in 2 days without even making a new video.

    So now this brings us back the issue of spam bots and cheating on youtube and how it works and how they trick new youtubers into thinking these channels are personally sending them friend invites, subscribing to their channel and posting personal messages on their channel.

    THE BOTS (Friend Bot, Subscription Bot and the Comment Bot)

    Some people who don’t know how this works will think, how does this help a channel gain subscribers? It is simple. Many channels on youtube when they first start out are just looking for something to watch. So when someone who is popular on youtube sends them a friend request, they actually think that this person came across their channel and read their description and personally sent them a friend request. So that person clicks on their channel and looks at them and they might decide to subscribe to their channel. While this does not work all the time, it still can get them a lot of exposure by doing this tens of thousands of times or in this case maybe over hundreds of thousands of times.

    There have been 3 types of bots that I know of being used on youtube:

    The friend bot – this will search youtube and ask people to accept your friend request

    The subscription bot – this will search youtube and subscribe to random channels

    The comment bot – this will randomly post comments on other peoples channels comment section

    The biggest outburst of the comment bot was when the preferred partner channels named Lisa allegedly used a comment bot to make her channel grow. Several channels made videos about this exposing this type of practice including one channel that was very large at the time and still is. It is the one time that Natalie spoke out for anything here on youtube and soon after Lisa made a video mocking her. It got pretty heated between these two big channels and this caused more and more people to get involved until almost everyone involved took their videos down or made their videos private. One of the few videos left on this topic is posted below.

    So what happened when this channel that was outed by dozens of members of the community, for possibly using a bot to promote their channel? Were they suspended? Were they given a stern warning? Quite the contrary. This channel was featured making a video about spamming channels with random comments. Even better this was a colab video with other top youtube partners. Thanks to youtube themselves for featuring this video it garnered over 2,600,000 views on a subject that most channels would be suspended outright for doing.

    This was when most of the people on the site started realizing that there was a double standard on youtube. Some people could cheat (allegedly) and get featured, while other would be suspended outright for trying the same thing.

    No one should have a problem with a site having its own rules on how it wants its website to function. It is their site. They own it, but the only problem I personally have ever had is the blatant double standard of how it enforces its terms of service. Some channels get promoted and paid for making the exact same video as a channel that gets suspended. At some point, if this is done on a widespread enough of a scope, youtube can be seen as discriminating against some of its users.

    MY REBUTTALS (Rebuttals to some of the common critiques on my channel and my video titled “Hulu Tube”)

    Over the past year or so I have heard a few common statements that I feel need to address.

    1. If you don’t like the site, make your own.

    This is honestly one of the dumbest statements ever posted in a youtube comments section. Just because someone can make a website doesn’t mean they can just create something like ebay, amazon, google or youtube on their own. This would be the equivalent of living in New York City and saying to someone that was critical of the laws or the way a city is being run to rebuttal them with “if you don’t like New York City make your own New York City. A company as big as Microsoft would have a very difficult task in creating something to actually compete with youtube, let alone a handful of individuals without billions to pump into a clone site that would operate like youtube.

    2. Youtube is a business and they can run it how they want to run it.

    This is true. It is their website and they can run it how they want to run it. I have never have a problem with the youtube terms of service. Just like any site that has interaction with the people that use it like facebook, myspace or twitter, they have rules that you need to abide by to stay on their services. This was NEVER my issue. My issue was the clear double standards and blatant discrimination that has happened on this site. The rules seem to be selectively enforced. Some channels get suspended for making the same style of video as a youtube partner that gets promoted and paid by youtube. They make bold statements about freedom of speech, yet they have suspended videos that is nothing more than a person speaking in front of their camera with nothing else in the video besides them and the room as the background. Once this happens it is clear that it was suspended for what is being SAID in the video, not what the video contains in it. If youtube were to be open about censoring videos and not actually supporting freedom of speech on their website while admitting to a double standard of enforcing their rules I would NEVER have made a single video on this subject. The cards would be all face up and there would be no need for someone like me to point them out.

    3. You should be thanking youtube for providing this free service

    This is almost as absurd as the “if you don’t like it then make your own site” comment. Almost all sites like youtube, facebook, myspace or twitter ARE FREE!!! If they were not free they would NEVER have ballooned into such large sites with this high traffic going to it every day. The FREE is what made them SUCCESSFUL. If they had some sort of pay service per month or per Gigabyte payment plan the site would be nothing today. Almost all sites like this are free and the ones that are not are no where near a large and successful as youtube.

    4. You owe your success to youtube for allowing people to see my videos

    There are some people that make videos that owe most of their success to youtube. They have been partnered and promoted all over the site. Without that type of extra exposure they certainly would not have the success they have now or it would have taken a lot longer to get to the point they are at now. I would guess that roughly 99.5% of the ALL channels out there get little to no support and or promotion from youtube. My channel and my videos have fallen into this category. Since this is the case I have been able to see first hand how some videos are made popular and or featured almost immediately when they are uploaded and others remain almost invisible to general site traffic. If youtube had not become the ebay of video search engines, then some other company would have been. It was going to happen regardless of it being named youtube or something else. As far as being thankful to youtube for any of the success I have had on this site… To me this would be like the New York Giants being thankful to the network that broadcast the superbowl for helping them win. Or like Martin Scorsese Thanking ABC for helping him direct the Departed to an Academy Award for best Director. The Giants won the superbowl because of their hard work. Martin Scorsese won the Academy Award for his hard work. The network that broadcast the event or ceremony had NOTHING to do with the level of play or the quality of the movie. Again, there are some people that have been promoted all over the site to gain them more exposure, outside of those few exceptions the users who create content on their own should be thankful to a site that in some ways has hindered their success rather than support it.

    WHY I AM NOT A YOUTUBE PARTNER ANYMORE

    No longer a youtube partner

    No longer a you tube partner

    WHY I AM NO LONGER A YOU TUBE PARTNER

    This was my second email from youtube letting me know I was accepted into the partner program:

    Dear therealweeklynews,

    (I will paraphrase this email to avoid any copyright issues since every email has a copyright on it.)

    They thanked me for my interest in the partner program and let me know for the second time that my application was approved and they are awaiting me to complete my second and 3rd steps in the application process. They sent this second email to check in because I did not complete the other steps to begin in the revenue sharing process. They went on to say that if I was no longer interested in being in the partner program they would like to hear my feedback. So they let me know to feel free to reply with any concerns.

    If they give me permission I will be more then happy to post their email to me in its complete form.

    Sincerely,
    The YouTube Team

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    Hello,

    I hope you take the time to read this and possibly forward this off to someone who handles some decisions regarding youtube and the direction it is headed. I came to this site originally because it was the best way to broadcast myself. I hope that if you actually take the time to read this and know that I just want the best for this site, the users and the partners. Maybe if the right person reads this we can get somewhere.

    I just noticed this partner accepted email recently. I am still interested in the possibility of becoming a youtube partner.

    I want a few things addressed before I continue with this process.

    I want these two videos that were unjustly flagged by your staff to be reviewed an unflagged as soon as possible:

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    Judging by the thousands of comments the community themselves feel that you messed up on allowing those videos to be flagged. I suggest you read 50 to 100 comments and you will find that your decision was a very poor one to allow them to be flagged when the rest of the community feels they should not have been.

    Here is one of the best ones to give you an example of how mad people were that YOU allowed this to happen.

    “This is the video that prompted me to join youtube and say something. I am so sick of the hypocrisy of show business and the people in it, especially against women and girls as young as these two. Both of them will grow up believing there was something “just not good enough” about them, and they will always carry it with them. Not to mention the stupidity of flagging this video. BTW, Janis Joplin was beautiful.

    MiaJacobs1″

    This was posted on my OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL video if you want to find it.

    As you know I will be giving all my money that I would make off of my videos to charity and I want the money to go directly to them, not me as I stated in this video almost a year ago.

    So I would like you to get back to me on this and let me know how you would like to proceed.

    I am sure that many people at youtube know that I have not been real happy with the way that the users have been treated here including myself. I have spent a lof time here on youtube and I have really enjoyed meeting people through your site that I would never have met without being here. The first year I was on this site I had almost nothing bad to say about it. Being here was a very enjoyable experience.

    When you look at a video like this:

    Then you see the hulu tube video. You may ask yourself how did we get here? The reason why we got here was because I tried to reach out to you tube on multiple occasions and never heard back from you. The reason why I have consistently had to air things out in public on videos was because no one ever bothered returning my emails. Maybe if someone wants to help people feel a LOT better about youtube and reach out to the community it would go a long way to building a better relationship with the users that feel very alienated by the way some things have been handled here.

    I hope that this gets forwarded on to someone that really makes some decisions at youtube and they do care enough to get back to me. We all want to like this site. We all want to support this site, but it seems like you are doing your best to drive your own customers away from the site. This may or may not be intentional, but I have plenty of things from my time here to show otherwise. If you wonder why the hulu tube video went viral, it is because many people felt that video spoke for them too. This could have all been avoided had someone just taken the time to listen to us. you created a community counsel once in the effort to build the community, but look what happened, nothing. This shows that people dont feel that they are wanted here and that their opinion and feedback doesn’t matter.

    Remember, we are the customers on this website. We are the ones that both provide content AND click on the advertisements. We should not be neglected. Yahoo was once the king of free email and search engines and now it is being dominated by you, “google”. It is one thing to be on top, it is another to stay on top. I am sure youtube does not want to be the next yahoo. If you keep this up, you might find this to be an inevitability.

    I hope this is not the case. I hope that someone who has some control over decisions regarding the community actually reads this and gets back to me so that this site can become what we all want it to be. What many people once called their favorite website.

    Best Regards,

    The Real Weekly News

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    Reply from youtube:
    Hi Realweeklynews,

    (I will paraphrase this to avoid any copyright issues since every email has a copyright in it.)

    They thanked me for my understanding, but they would not be able to support specific video inquiries. They said they will pass my email along to their policy manager. But they also let me know ahead of time that as a policy youtube does not comment on individual emails. They went on to send me a few links to their policy page.
    Sincerely,

    The YouTube Team

    ——————————————————————-

    I want to move forward on this partner process with you, but I want those videos reviewed and I want a person to actually LOOK at the videos again. Children to mothers and fathers all agree that you dropped the ball on this one and these 2 videos NEED to be unflagged.

    The responses are over 99% in favor of unflagging the videos. It is painfully clear to everyone that you made a mistake and not fixing it when you can is not going to help things. Have someone look at them again and READ some of the comments.

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    If you can take the time to review the videos (incorrectly as the community themselves say) then someone can take the time to review the video again and actually watch it this time. I am not trying to be rude, but when you have over 1000 comments by all people of both genders and all ages saying that these videos should NOT be flagged, you should have the professionalism to take the time to listen to what the community (your own customers) has to say on a subject and FIX the problem.

    Since someone may not actually go to the video and look at the comments. I will paste the most recent 10 comments for each video. I could hand pick them, but I will just show the most recent 10 from each and it is still unanimous from the last 20 comments. It is pretty much unanimous with thousands of comments that there was a mistake on these two videos. Make this situation right. It is clear to everyone that this was a mistake and it only makes youtube look bad to not fix this problem.

    Maybe you should have someone from public relations take a CLOSE look at this. Maybe they will get the point. Since there are close to a million views combined and more and more people see every day that you cant listen to the very community that your website provides content to. I keep my videos clean and to be honest I am insulted to think that anyone would find any video I make to be offensive to anyone. I make sure not to use cursing and foul language to get my points across.

    I hope that you will seriously take the time to fix this obvious problem that everyone can clearly see.

    READ BELOW.
    KaiiNeko (7 hours ago)
    This video may not be suitable for minors?
    OMG theres nothing bad! stupid youtube from flaggiingg
    lovekrittaya (13 hours ago)
    Remove
    Comment removed by author
    ITrainOnCowsI (17 hours ago)
    omfg flagged????
    RandomDawgz (17 hours ago)
    WTF was wis flagged, stupid idiots.
    sum41fatguy (20 hours ago)
    why da f%#k is this flagged
    DeadHand1992 (1 day ago)
    why is this flagged
    fori222 (1 day ago)
    probably for the models
    scottytissue789 (1 day ago)
    f%#k youtube for flagging
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    flgged?
    coreymon78 (1 day ago)
    why was this flagged? this is true! we do it too and its wrong both ways. Why the hell was this flagged? Remove the flag!
    setherz (12 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    kizwit (21 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    hoverbike (21 hours ago)
    the irony… xD
    imTKA (1 day ago)
    I agree with you on the hulu, and this
    But im sorry
    The sxephil reference is really wrong
    I cant describe everything with one comment, i have a lot to say-imTKA
    rentrofmij (1 day ago)
    agree with you
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    Flagged? How? Why?
    halowatch117 (1 day ago)
    try to change the name cus if you didn’t know what it was some 1 might think that it is x rated.
    DOWN WITH HULUTUBE! I support old youtube.
    jude360n (1 day ago)
    have you seen the related vids on the side.
    just proves even further this guy is right.
    therhythmicmenace (2 days ago)
    why do we need softporn on youtube when the ful mccoy is all over the rest of the net!!
    its a distraction
    ghudner (2 days ago)
    FLAGGED??? haha! Just goes to show how rediculous their content teams are…

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    I have no advertisements on my videos yet‏
    Second follow up:
    Hello,

    I have no advertisements on my videos yet because no one has bothered to re-review my 2 flagged videos. I hope you will take the time to READ this below and re-evaluate those 2 videos that were UNJUSTLY flagged by your staff. The community virtually unanimously agrees about 99 to 1 saying these videos NEED to be unflagged. I sent this email below and I have heard nothing back from anyone so I have not moved forward with putting advertisements on any of my videos. I hope to hear back from someone soon.

    ——————————————————————————-
    (I posted the previous email below in case for some reason it was received. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. That is why it is here again.)

    I want to move forward on this partner process with you, but I want those videos reviewed and I want a person to actually LOOK at the videos again. Children to mothers and fathers all agree that you dropped the ball on this one and these 2 videos NEED to be unflagged.

    The responses are over 99% in favor of unflagging the videos. It is painfully clear to everyone that you made a mistake and not fixing it when you can is not going to help things. Have someone look at them again and READ some of the comments.

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    If you can take the time to review the videos (incorrectly as the community themselves say) then someone can take the time to review the video again and actually watch it this time. I am not trying to be rude, but when you have over 1000 comments by all people of both genders and all ages saying that these videos should NOT be flagged, you should have the professionalism to take the time to listen to what the community (your own customers) has to say on a subject and FIX the problem.

    Since someone may not actually go to the video and look at the comments. I will paste the most recent 10 comments for each video. I could hand pick them, but I will just show the most recent 10 from each and it is still unanimous from the last 20 comments. It is pretty much unanimous with thousands of comments that there was a mistake on these two videos. Make this situation right. It is clear to everyone that this was a mistake and it only makes youtube look bad to not fix this problem.

    Maybe you should have someone from public relations take a CLOSE look at this. Maybe they will get the point. Since there are close to a million views combined and more and more people see every day that you cant listen to the very community that your website provides content to. I keep my videos clean and to be honest I am insulted to think that anyone would find any video I make to be offensive to anyone. I make sure not to use cursing and foul language to get my points across.

    I hope that you will seriously take the time to fix this obvious problem that everyone can clearly see.

    READ BELOW.
    KaiiNeko (7 hours ago)
    This video may not be suitable for minors?
    OMG theres nothing bad! stupid youtube from flaggiingg
    lovekrittaya (13 hours ago)
    Remove
    Comment removed by author
    ITrainOnCowsI (17 hours ago)
    omfg flagged????
    RandomDawgz (17 hours ago)
    WTF was wis flagged, stupid idiots.
    sum41fatguy (20 hours ago)
    why da f%#k is this flagged
    DeadHand1992 (1 day ago)
    why is this flagged
    fori222 (1 day ago)
    probably for the models
    scottytissue789 (1 day ago)
    f%#k youtube for flagging
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    flgged?
    coreymon78 (1 day ago)
    why was this flagged? this is true! we do it too and its wrong both ways. Why the hell was this flagged? Remove the flag!
    setherz (12 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    kizwit (21 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    hoverbike (21 hours ago)
    the irony… xD
    imTKA (1 day ago)
    I agree with you on the hulu, and this
    But im sorry
    The sxephil reference is really wrong
    I cant describe everything with one comment, i have a lot to say-imTKA
    rentrofmij (1 day ago)
    agree with you
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    Flagged? How? Why?
    halowatch117 (1 day ago)
    try to change the name cus if you didn’t know what it was some 1 might think that it is x rated.
    DOWN WITH HULUTUBE! I support old youtube.
    jude360n (1 day ago)
    have you seen the related vids on the side.
    just proves even further this guy is right.
    therhythmicmenace (2 days ago)
    why do we need softporn on youtube when the ful mccoy is all over the rest of the net!!
    its a distraction
    ghudner (2 days ago)
    FLAGGED??? haha! Just goes to show how rediculous their content teams are…

    ——————————————————————————-

    (This was my final email to youtube)

    REMOVE ME FROM THE PARTNER PROGRAM ASAP!!!‏ (Email Title)

    Hello,

    I have sent 3 emails to you about my account since I was made a partner with no one replying to me about my concerns with my channel or my videos. I went in detail about the 2 flagged videos that the 99% of the community felt were unjustly flagged among other things. I thought that being a partner would possibly improve relations with your company and that maybe you would actually show some consideration for my requests. I was wrong. I initially did not accept the partner program and complete the process to be in the system, but I finally decided after over a week to put some of the issues with your company and how it handled its business into the past and give it a shot. Only to find out that there was virtually no improvement in working with youtube even with being included into the partner program.

    So effective immediately, remove me from the youtube partner program. I will not participate in revenue sharing with your company and allow advertisements to be placed on my videos. I will just promote the charities on my own and hope people will support them on their own.

    I tried over and over again for over 2 years now to deal with your company in a fair and reasonable manner, only to have my emails repeatedly ignored and my requests or concerns brushed aside. My channel on youtube has always been in good standing and I have tried to help this site in any way that I could. My revenue sharing video, my youtube changes video and the sex tube video were all constructive and resulted in a positive outcome on more than one occasion. After my changes video along with many others you listened to the community and revamped the site to be much more user friendly. Also within months of the sex tube video you got rid of many of those sleazy videos that were cluttering the front pages of the day. Ironically you allowed that video to be flagged even though you agreed with it enough to make some of the changes listed in that video.

    My later videos over the past month or so were a little more pointed because I really felt that it was going to hurt the smaller channels on here way to much and I needed to speak up for them. If only you ever listened and showed some respect to your very own users this could, and should have been avoided. We don’t ask for much. All most of us ask for is the opportunity to have our channels succeed, or fail, depending on the quality of our videos. Instead of letting this happen, you have tried to consistently tell us what is popular instead of the community itself deciding that automatically. You have chosen the business model based on the rich get richer as opposed to trying to find ways to grow the new and up and coming channels. You in essence have created a barrier to entry system that only serves to hinder the newer channels and grow the already successful channels by actively promoting them ad nauseam.

    The simple fact that you have virtually removed the ratings from the top videos of the day sections like most viewed and most discussed so that people cant see the quality of the videos on the list just goes to show that quality is not the main concern at youtube. The ratings system is the best way for users to let other users know what is good and what is garbage or misleading. Yet you have buried that category at the very bottom of the pull down menu as if it had no value to your users in any way. This just goes to show that quality is not a chief concern here and your double standards here between the chosen channels and the ones you deem expendable is clearly apparent to everyone in the community.

    Is it really that hard to return emails to your own customers, or even your new “partners”?

    So again, please remove my partner status immediately!

    The Real Weekly News

    ——————————————————————————-

    (This was my entire communication history with youtube after I became a partner with the site)

    So what does this tell you?

    This proves to all of you what I have known all along. Even when it came to making money on my videos that have been seen millions of times, they found it easier to remove me from the partner program than to simply return my emails or address my concerns. In a nutshell, this is why youtube loses money. They are, quite honestly, some of the worst business managers I have ever seen.

    I often hear some pathetic youtube sympathizers going on and on about how youtube needs to make money they need to change this or that. What they are so clueless on is how poorly they work with individuals as well as businesses. They have to have one of the worst records of conducting business that I have ever seen. There is a reason they are loosing so much money. They are flat out incompetent. All I am waiting for is them to ask Obama for a bailout and they would most likely get it the way he gives away money to big business.

    I have heard people say that “if it were not for youtube, you would not know who I am. So I want to thank youtube for allowing me to post my videos and for free.” I would say that following. “Whatever success I have had online making videos, I would like to thank all the people in my life for making me who I am today. I would like to thank all of you that supported my channel and my videos. Whatever success I have had on youtube is not because of youtube, it was in spite of youtube.

    Thanking youtube for success would be like the New York Giants to thank the television network for them winning the super bowl against the New England Patriots. You would never hear an athlete thank the network for their success. The network had nothing to do with it. They simply broadcast the performance. People need to wake up and not be thankful to people that had nothing to do with your success. There are some exceptions to this rule. Some channels owe everything to youtube for being popular. They are always getting promoted. So in some cases, they NEED to be VERY thankful because without youtubes promotion and protection they would be no where near their views and subscribers.

    I hope you found this post helpful and see why I demanded they remove me from the partner program. I simply cant work with a company that shows absolute disdain for their own customers. This was one of the biggest reasons why I have not made more videos. The fact that they created a site called “YOU tube” with the words “broadcast YOURSELF” only to hinder so many potentially successful channels makes it very difficult to want to make more original content for the youtube web site.

    MY CENSORED VIDEOS

    THE BIGGER PICTURE

    There is a much bigger picture to all this that some people fail to realize. Some people say this is just another site and just go to the next one. The problem is that youtube is not just another website. It is one of the most important sites to ever be created since the masses started using the Internet back in the mid 90’s.

    The ability to watch videos on demand is so much more than just another website. Youtube over the years has become a one stop source for all online video. If you can’t find it there it may not be online at all. Saying that youtube and on demand video is just another site is like saying radio or television was just another appliance like a toaster or a microwave oven. This is hardly the case. Online video is the future and an open platform where someone with just a camera and a simple editing program can reach tens of millions of people is something that has never existed before. So to have a site that was open to all individuals slipping away from us right in front of our eyes is extremely disappointing. The control and flow of information for at least 2 years was almost completely untouched, but inevitably as its success was undeniable and online video especially on youtube had real power. The power to give anyone that had the ability to create content the possibility to reach thousands if not millions of people for little to no cost to the content creator has never been available before now.

    A hundred years ago it was the printing press that was the barrier to entry. To publish a newspaper in wide circulation was a major undertaking. It took a lot of time, effort and money to buy one or build one from the ground up.

    Over 50 years ago the TV started to take over giving visuals to what the radio had been doing for years. The barrier to entry was never higher with the television. Cameras, broadcasting live or pre-recorded shows were extremely costly and for the longest time there were just a few networks that even existed.

    If you have no idea of the power of the media, then you must watch these videos below to get an idea of how powerful the mass media is over the general public and how much influence it has over any country and its citizens. This goes well beyond one person with a camera making videos.

    The Century of Self all parts 1 – 4



    The Battle over Citizen Kane








    These are two of the most important series of videos to show just how powerful the media is and how it affects your every day life. Online videos is just the next step from the newspaper to the radio to the Television to online videos on demand. If you think the people that control the other forms of media are going to just let this be an open forum you are wrong. There have already been bills put in front of congress to make vloggers pay fees to gain a licence in order to talk about the news. Do you think that video sites like youtube will be any different? I would bet any amount of money that the Internet as we know it will be completely dismantled in the next 10 years and made into something completely different than what it is today and what it was back in the 1990’s. Knowledge is power; the broadcasting of knowledge is an even greater power.

    To see how this is affecting your kids, then you MUST see these video series below:






    If after watching all 3 of these series of videos, you still do not get it then I don’t know what else to show you. The power of the mass media can be worse than any weapon of mass destruction. The wrong information will cause even the smartest of individuals to make poor decisions. It is a fact that “yellow journalism” has happened in this country in the past and it could be argued more now than ever that it is worse today than ever before.

    Just listen to this quote from Lara Logan the Chief Foreign Correspondent from CBS News

    The information you receive will affect everything you do from where you send your kids to school, what products you buy and where you invest for your retirement. Your decisions are only as good as the information you have in front of you.

    Today we look at online videos as just another place to catch the latest stupid moment like Kanye stealing the Mic from Taylow Swift

    Or the place to go to hear Mel Gibson make a complete ass out of himself.

    But in reality, there are some incredible content from how to videos,

    Special Commentary videos

    Artistic videos.

    Music videos

    And even those videos that don’t really fall into a category

    It seems that youtube is always trying to push sketch comedy on the users by having the popular page saturated with these types of videos on the front page day in and day out. Regular users like myself completely avoid this page knowing what will be there and in turn have to try to find other types of content on the sub categories because the front page is not even worth looking at unless you want to see those same 50 channels over and over again day in and day out.

    It’s like they are trying to turn youtube into a sketch comedy television network just like break.com videos are more about people hurting themselves. The other genres of video are still here in the sub-categories, but they are no where near as visible on the site where it counts – where those channels can grow into larger more successful ones.

    In the last year, I can’t remember when I saw an original video made by an average user that got 5,000,000 views. Back in 2007 an average youtuber could reach in the millions if they got lucky, but now even the channels with over a million subscribers don’t typically get a video viewed in the 4 to 5 million range where as JWCFree was getting 3 to 5 million views with 10 to 100,000 subscribers back in 2006 and 2007.

    It seems that instead of people trying out new things and making it on their own terms with their own content, channels are basically being rewarded for imitating the same old content or even flat our plagiarising other people’s work (AND GETTING PAID FOR IT!).

    This actually happened and this person is STILL a youtube partner at the time of writing this blog.

    Youtube used to be what we all made of it. The better videos used to rise to the top because the community chose to support them. The videos that were disliked by the community fell to the bottom of the heap. Back in 2006 and 2007 if you had a video succeed or fail it was up to the content of the video. Today, that video will most likely never see the light of day because no one will ever see it unless it is an incredible viral video like the one below.

    Watching this site morph into something completely different from what it originally started out to be is pitiful. Even worse is that some people don’t see what is right in front of their face.

    WHY WRITE ALL THIS?
    Why would anyone bother to write such a long in depth article on this subject?

    I feel that I have had my chance to create a channel and grow it to a fairly successful level on my own with little to no support from anyone but my subscribers and supporters. Without them I would never have had any success here on youtube.

    This is my way of giving back to the next person out there that wants to entertain or inform their potential viewers. I truly feel that if I were starting today or even back in 2009 that I would never have had a fraction of the success I did back in 2007. Today my videos receive a fraction of the views they once had and this is with my channel growing to over 1800% since my first video on the new channel. Braking 30,000 to 50,000 views was not an impossible task back then, yet now with almost 40,000 subscribers hitting the 10,000 mark is stretching it. This is the same channel with the same style of videos. The drop off is dramatic and this is a fact. The videos have the same ratings; they have the same comments and similar favourites, yet the views are nowhere near their old numbers. The JWCFree Channel mentioned above is one of the best examples there is on this subject. This was the same talented boy playing music for his viewers and the drop in views since these changes took place is staggering. The same person making the same videos with the same if not BETTER quality now with infinitely more subscribers gets a fraction of the views makes this abundantly clear to anyone that can do the simplest of math.

    My only concern when I first started making videos was to try to make the best quality videos I could. That was it. My original goal was to make 100 videos. I never had a subscriber count goal or a video views goal. My videos may not be the best videos out there. I have no delusions that my channel is the best or even deserves to be the most viewed. It does not. I will say that while my videos are not the best out there, they are the best I could do with my limited skills and resources. So I can be happy knowing I did my best and it’s up to the viewers if they like them or not. I can live with the success or failure of my channels and my videos if the results are from the people and not the powers at be at youtube.

    The fact is, the quality of the video is the only thing you can actually control. However good or bad is not up to you but to the viewer. You cannot control how people will react to your work.

    Personally having never made a dime from youtube in over 3 years, the only real motivation was the success of my work. Having millions of people watch my videos and having tens of thousands of people subscribe to my channels was enough of a reward at the time. If I had been paid that would have been a bonus. There is nothing wrong with being paid to create videos. In fact that should be the natural evolution in the video making process. Once a channel gets to a point of building their audience and their content improves it only makes sense for them to maybe attempt to create content full time. If the audience is there then why not?

    My videos have evolved over the years. I started with literally no experience in video editing. No experience in doing narration or voice over. I was just one person with something to say and I found that some people were interested in hearing me say more by subscribing and supporting my channels and videos. I know there are people out there right now who were as I was over 3 years ago that said why not just stop making videos because the success is little to none. Why would anyone keep making videos if they can never get over the hump and reach their potential audience? Anyone will stop making videos eventually if they feel that no one wants to watch them. It would be discouraging to anyone to make 20 to 30 videos and never have a single one hit 500 views. It is also just as discouraging to make several videos with hundreds of thousands of views yet being able to barely crack 10,000 views on a video. So it is easy to relate to those just starting out because these changes affect us all.

    So in essence I do this because I feel I owe it to the new talent that is trying to develop their channel and build their audience. The success I have had in the past can never be taken away, but the newer talent out there may never get their shot like I had simply because they started here too late.

    If only another site would step up to the plate and try to be what youtube once was they could be some competition, but from what I have seen they have given up on trying to gain marketshare and are happy being a very distant 3rd or 4th place in the market. Maybe if someone with any pull with another site actually reads this we can get some where. I would like to try to help a company compete with youtube. So this is an invitation to those sites to respond to this blog and try to become a serious competitor to youtube.

    Competition is what makes all products and services better. Strong competition makes the dominant business in any market forced to try to compete and make their business model better by trying to actively gain or retain market share in their industry. Youtube has no such competition. If it did then they would have to make the site more competitive. Since all the other video hosting sites seem to have thrown in the towel and seem to have help relegate youtube to the default number one video site, youtube doesn’t need to concern itself with the desires of the users of their site because where are they going to go?

    Until someone or some company starts to gain market share and forces youtube to give its users a better product, they don’t need to listen to us. This is and what always has been the problem with a monopoly. Youtube has a virtual monopoly on traffic for online video. No other site even comes close at this point. The only hope is that once yahoo was the king of search engines and then along came google. Maybe a company will come along just like google did and give youtube a run for its money. It is not impossible, but it is going to take a company with a lot of money and vision to do it. The time is right for a site to challenge youtube for its marketshare; the only question is who will it be?

     
  • therealweeklynews 8:58 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    INSIDE THE TUBE LIVE SHOW COMMENTS 


    Inside the Tube live

    Please post your questions here and I will try to go over them during the show

     
    • Reece Goding 8:59 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What is your opinion on real and flase DMCAs , mass flaging and vote bots?

    • CokeColaFtW 9:00 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How do you think youtube can fix the false DMCA claims?

    • Andromada369 9:00 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What do you think of the inherent risks of filing counter-claims such as possible identity theft and blackmail

    • David McDavidson 9:00 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How can we stop what’s going on? I mean we’ve seen the problem. What’s the solution? It’s time to take action

    • Stephen 9:00 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      what do you think about jeepersmedia (mike mozart) on what he did about viacom, do u think he was good to do that, or do you think he was just in it for the money?

      • tje223 12:36 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        OMFG Yeah We All Know Mike Did It For The Money……. Of Course He Didn’t. He Did It For The Good

    • Trey87 9:00 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What would make YouTube want to bury a channel? (not promoting this channel’s videos, etc)

    • Peter 9:03 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why do you think Youtube won’t implement an optional subscription for people to pay so they can have more features for their account? Such as removal of the time limit. It would make more money for the site and offer creators more ways to express themselves.

    • tje223 Tristan Esquivel 9:06 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What Is Your Opionion On Rape?

    • tje223 Tristan Esquivel 9:23 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Get Rid Of FatherOfTerrorism Now Please

    • BillyAD 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t partners have any influence over YouTube’s policies?

    • Alchanii 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Less of a question and more of a thing to show; Did you know if you click dislike on a video, youtube suggests that you flag it?

    • Johnt2 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      SXEPhil has around 4-5 different accounts? What do you think of that?

      • PaiSand 5:52 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        He is doing his own business and that’s perfect. What is not good is Youtube doing nothing about the false DMCA claims, changing the way the most popular videos are shown, don’t giving not partner channels the opportunity to grow because of their exclusive support on partners, forcing ads anywhere to anyone, etc.-
        Is too large the list, and that’s why the best thing you can do is cancel your account on youtube and join another site, like Dailymotion.

    • Nicknam4 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Do you like DrinkingwithBob

    • Frank Mason 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wats ur favorite non-partner youtuber

    • mu695 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you link me to archfiends video about partner channels being able to remove the ability to flag?

    • LANCE 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ARE THE PARTNERS IN ON THE FALSE DMCA’S

    • Samer 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      have you watched freedocumentaries.org

    • Blaze 10:27 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s your opinions on He11sing920’s recent suspension?

    • karl 10:28 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      what do you think about the videos that cannot be shown in other countrys but usa. I live in Estonia and i can’t see some videos

    • Matthew Carroll 10:28 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Do you think Google is to blame for Youtube going down? If not, what do you think it is?

    • Blaze 10:29 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s your opinion on He11sing920’s recent suspension? (I apologize if I posted this twice, I didn’t see my question on this page.)

    • acebats 10:29 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Do you think obama is A)good
      B)bad
      C)bin laden
      from acebats

    • Ben 10:30 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why cant Let’s Players have partnerships?

    • Shaun 10:30 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What do you think of people who makes secondary backup accounts and upload the same content to each one in order to get on the most popular new channel list with previously released videos? Ive seen these and they irritate me due to the lack of any effort in making new content, just rehashed videos. These channels rise so fast, like one whose subscriber total was 10k and the new channel, by doing this, reached 50k in just 1 month compared to 7 for the other.

    • Jack Simon 10:30 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Whats a better site to watch videos on besiodes youtube?

    • mu695 10:31 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I want to talk about the random suspensions that youtube give out and I want to give you a short interview

    • Blaze 10:31 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a webcam, I’d love to be your co-host. (I’m BlazikenMaster by the way.)

    • Dalek22 10:31 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to talk about youtube, thoughts opinions etc.. I would like to remain anonymous. I do have a webcam. I would prefer using my voice.

    • atikun 10:31 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      cohost DJY1991

    • NFLranking 10:32 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey, i’m on here, hope you didn’t think i flake

    • BillyAD 10:32 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So since Google owns YouTube, it’s really Google that sets policies for YouTube. Do you know who at Google is in charge of setting and enforcing YouTube’s policies?

    • Manny (Nick Trickste) 10:32 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a web cam and I wanted to ask you what you think about people who have a similar message to you and do it in a very vocal way.

    • Nathan 10:34 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Mr. Black, I was wondering how you feel about drama within youtube community. Do you think it’s hilarious or just plain pitful?

      • therealweeklynews 3:33 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It is about as sad as it gets watching people attacking each other like this. It has been going on for as long as the site has been around as long as the internet has existed. It is kind of frustrating to watch people expend so much energy hating each other and really accomplishing NOTHING in the process.

        • blade 8:54 pm on July 28, 2010 Permalink

          i was wondering why does youtube keep making these changes all its gonna do is make us hate youtube its a bad career move

    • Mario Two 10:41 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What do you think of the human rights crisis in North Korea, Myanmar, People’s Republic of China etc… Can it be fixed?

      • therealweeklynews 3:29 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I am not sure if it can be fixed but I hope it does get fixed. It is horrible how some people live in the world.

    • Cubemario 10:44 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to talk about youtube partnership and share my long experience with youtube on your live show. I’m online now and I’m fully functional. I know what I’m doing with it.

    • tubers93 10:46 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Should Youtube be owned by Viacom instead of google?

    • Mesina2 10:59 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What you think about 9/11?

      • therealweeklynews 3:27 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It was a tragedy. I may have to make a video on this for my thoughts. It is obviously way to complex for a short reply in a comments section.

    • sonicKAI 11:11 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there. I have a question:

      As “sonicKAI”, I uploaded music from Sonic The Hedgehog games. I never tried to breach any copyright of any kind, and Warner Music Group had one of my videos removed, and Universal Music Group now advertise on another.

      As “LordCopeland”, I uploaded copyrighted clips from WWE pay-per-views and DVDs.

      I signed in to “LordCopeland” a few months ago, and saw this:

      “Apply for partnership to take advantage of your popular video: Jamie Noble vs Tajiri”

      Now, this is the only video LordCopeland has left. Here is what happened to all the others:

      Wrestlemania 22 Promo – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: -CsV91LUAew
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Lord Copeland’s celebration – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: UvdEFxtpFyM
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Gail Kim’s WWE Debut [2003 Battle Royal] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: 6pdjXaMOVMg
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Gail Kim’s WWE Debut – Her Perspective – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: c53Z5Fbh3BM
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Montreal Screwjob – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: wIu9Q9pCQ_I
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Zamboni 3:16 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: u22cNu7RyqA
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Cement Truck – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: 29ZpJUZyxZs
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Brock Lesnar [part 1] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: wNBhq2_2Jf4
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Brock Lesnar [part 2] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: BJksPdf1VJQ
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Brock Lesnar [part 3] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: UnFggFGG5WU
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Kurt Angle [part 1] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: gwkKl68uNTA
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Kurt Angle [part 2] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: VfNCAV6dyQg
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Kurt Angle [part 3] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: GjoFW1VKEgk
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Chris Benoit [part 1] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: aEBEV_Fe0d0
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Chris Benoit [part 2] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: HyCbktbHwMg
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Undertaker [part 1] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: yeLOewEt-O8
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Undertaker [part 2] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: TO_VB6Mz-Ig
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena vs Undertaker [part 3] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: EcTnLTU9FZg
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena Word Life DVD part 1 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: 3jagbMRVRqU
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena Word Life DVD part 2 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: YDhYmrGv9zs
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena Word Life DVD part 3 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: 9SLiR9_BU-k
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena Word Life DVD part 4 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: rjMYoBMAr9o
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      John Cena Word Life DVD part 5 – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: T5JoWwQQnSA
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Shannon Moore vs Billy Kidman – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: KL3bJIZ3OsU
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Shane McMahon vs Kane [part 2] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: j-SZop3W0TE
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      Shane McMahon vs Kane [part 3] – (LordCopeland)
      Video ID: p54LtN8cYMQ
      Removed due to a copyright claim by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008

      When these videos were removed, I stopped uploading to “LordCopeland”, and focused solely on “sonicKAI”. Despite all of what you see above, YouTube says that “LordCopeland” only has 1 strike against it.

      My question is, why are they offereing me partnership?

      • therealweeklynews 3:23 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You cant just upload clips from any tv show or event with out some sort of fair use concept like commentary or criticism or parody. From what I have read here it looks like those claims were correct.

    • johnt2 12:11 am on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Watch the youtube EXPOSED video! Please make a video on this. MrChiCity3 made an exposed video about youtube and basically he is on the same page as you. This is fucking ridiculous what Youtube is doing.

      • therealweeklynews 3:25 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have seen it. I have been told that some parts were not totally accurate. It is still a good video, but keep in mind I have always stated that youtube is NOT going anywhere, you are. Youtube is NOT dying. You ARE being phased out slowly, but surely.

  • therealweeklynews 10:48 am on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Epic Beard Man Fight Interview AC bus veteran   

    EPIC BEARD MAN DISCUSSION 


    Epic Beard Man

    Epic Beard Man

    EPIC BEARD MAN DISCUSSION

    I never thought I would be discussing this on my blog either, but I do think that there is a lot to learn from this particular incident. I initially had no intentions of even talking about this subject until I heard both parties involved in the fight speak about it aft the fight.

    I will break this down into 9 different parts.

    1. Tom (Epic Beard Man) Getting Tasered at a baseball game
    2. The initial incident itself.
    3. The people watching the incident on the bus
    4. The viral internet sensation and buzz on the video
    5. The Racist comments on the videos
    6. Being a war veteran
    7. The post fight interview of Tom (Epic Beard Man)
    8. The post fight interview of Michael (opponent)
    9. The Bottom Line

    Part 1: Tom (Epic Beard Man) Getting Tasered at a baseball game

    Here is a video that many people are not aware of. He was tasered at and Oakland A’s game Just last year:

    It is hard to tell from this if he was deserving of being zapped, but it is also clear that he backs down to no one. Not even the authorities. So once he gets going the situation will be more and more difficult to deal with. Who knows, maybe there was a misunderstanding or someone started something with him. This is just speculation, but the thing that is clear is that he wont be pushed around by anyone including someone with a badge, gun and taser.

    I think we have all seen someone in our lives talking nonsense and getting in peoples faces, but as the movie fight club says, “Most people, normal people, do just about anything to avoid a fight” which I believe to be true. I think when you are very young you may be a little feistier, but as you get older you will see that for the most part there is no benefit to it in the long run. So avoidance of a fight is the wise move unless cornered. Then you do what you have to do if you feel threatened with no way out.

    Part 2: initial incident itself and Part 3: The people watching the incident on the bus

    If you look closely at the incident itself from what you can see being said on the video looks like it was more of a misunderstanding. The very first part of the tape you clearly hear the following. Again, there may be more before this, but from what we can hear this is what happened.

    Tom says “lets get back to discussing this, how much would you charge me for a spit shine?”

    Michael responds “What?”

    Tom Repeats “How much will you charge me for my Stacey Adams… I am going to a Funeral on Friday… I gotta… You said you….”

    Michael Responds “did you hear what I said big man?”

    Tom Says “Yes”

    Michael Says “Why a brother got to spit shine your shoes?”

    Tom Says “YOU OFFERED!” (to me this is a key line in the conversation)

    Michael Responds “I didn’t offer you Shit!”

    Tom Responds “What did you just say when you walked by me?”

    Michael Repeats “Why a fucking brother got to spit shine your shoes?”

    Tom Responds “No, You don’t have to”

    Michael “Why a white man cant spit shine shoes”

    Tom “It can be a Chinaman, it don’t matter”

    Michael “Look Dude, Look”

    Tom “I ain’t Prejudice, Do you think I am Prejudice?”

    Michael “Take your ass back up there and get the fuck up out of my face”

    Tom “Why you being so hostile man”

    Michael “because I am pissed off”

    Tom “It is better to be pissed off than pissed on little buddy”

    Michael “take your ass back up there right now”

    Tom “You ain’t scared of this white boy, I am 67 years old?”

    Michael “I’m 50, Ill put my foot up your ass.”

    I don’t want to transcript this whole event, but this is where Tom gets up to keep this from escalating further and he does go up to the front of the bus. At this point it should have ended. They got their distance from each other and this should have been the end of it.

    One thing that needs to mentioned and commended was the African American lady in the middle of the frame when they started getting up and it looked like it could go to blows right there. She was doing her best to try to calm the situation down. She was saying “hey hey hey, y’all chill” “forget about that”. This is VERY important in a situation like this. Many times the people in the heated discussion can go from heated to diffused or heated to an all out fight depending on the people in the near by area. This lady needs to be commended for at least trying to slow this down or to try to get them to stay away from each other and drop it.

    At this point they are separated, but they are still jawing at one another, both being in the wrong for keeping it going when it could have ended there. Here is where the exact opposite of the older lady comes in and joins in the chant. “say it again, say it again, Say it again PINKY!” (nice little racist comment to add to the end of that one eh?) This ignorant lady single handedly puts more pressure on both people involved. At this point it goes back to the old playground I dare you. This is NOT the thing you want to happen when you are dealing with two stubborn alpha males. Race has nothing to do with this situation in general terms of argument. Now it is basically a man hood situation we are dealing with. Neither of them want to back down. So now if Tom says nothing, Michael wins, but if Tom does say something and Michael does nothing, Tom Wins. This may sound childish, but that is how it has always been and how it always will be. That is why this particular situation must be avoided at all times because once these lines are drawn, there is no going back. So naturally in the heat of the moment Tom says something. Michael gets up and begins to walk towards Tom in the front of the bus. Then you hear this woman again say “beat his white ass (racist) Fuck his ass up” in the background (I think by the same racist woman that used the pinky comment earlier in the video) Once Michael makes his move towards Tom when things have yet to cool down, he is 100% in the wrong. Once a person moves away from the conflict to diffuse it, who ever comes back towards the other person is 100% at fault. This is like rear ending another car while driving. If you hit some ones rear bumper while driving you are at fault and this is no different.

    While Michael does make his way towards Tom, much of what is said is not understandable. You hear Tom say, “I am not getting up” (I take this is if he does not want to fight) There is a little jawing back and fourth, but no punches are thrown. You can again hear that older lady say, “Leave that man alone my brother”. You also hear someone else say “it ain’t worth it blood, it ain’t worth it”. So this is pretty good. Two people in the crowd do try to cool this off not to escalate it further. Then Michael begins to walk back towards his seat and Tom says very clearly “I would slap the shit out of him”. That was the final straw. Now that Tom has spoken up and very clearly in front of all those people said he would slap him Michael is in a position where he really doesn’t have much choice, but to do something. Like the old saying goes “His mouth was writing checks his ass can’t cash”.

    Michael was wrong for approaching him the first time and for the second straight time Michael approaches Tom. Not only is he 100% wrong for this alone, he throws the first punch. Once this happens he has no ground to stand on. Win or lose he is at fault. We all know what happens from there. Tom Whales on him for a while and then stops and walks off the bus. I am not going into who stole Tom’s bag or anything like that.

    I have heard people talking about this all over the place and this video went viral with over 3,000,000 views on the main video alone and this does not count all the other uploads to other sites or mash ups and commentary videos. So I can’t even imagine how many people have seen these videos. I must say that it is clear that Michael was in the wrong, but as I mentioned earlier we don’t know what was said before the tape started rolling.

    One thing that does need to be noted in this discussion is that when you are on the military especially in basic training, all soldiers know how to shine shoes and or boots. If they don’t, they will most likely pay someone who is good at it to shine their shoes for them. I have known many people that would do this if they just didn’t want to bother with shining them. So we all know that this comment about shining shoes can easily be seen as a derogatory comment made by some old white man to a black man, but when someone does have time in the military it is not to be totally assumed that this was intended to be some sort of racial statement. Also, it is not clear that he was even talking to him. The most important thing is to see how Tom reacted and said to Michael “YOU OFFERED!”. It should be clear to anyone that with this reaction from Tom that he misunderstood something that Michael said, or that Michael misunderstood something that Tom said. I only bring the military aspect up because while I would completely understand why anyone of any race would consider this comment to be derogatory in nature, it may have been just a misunderstanding some how. While this is speculation, it should not be totally discounted.

    Part 4: The viral Internet sensation and buzz on the video

    Like I said in the very beginning. We have all seen or experienced someone verbally bullying someone or getting in their face about a situation. There were several reasons why this video took off.

    1st – It is a real fight. People have always flocked towards something real especially if it is a fight. We see all sorts of studio produced videos and commercials so when something happens like this for real the story spreads like wild fire.

    2nd – There is an old guy that is in the fight with a nice gray Santa like beard. How many times have you seen a 67 year old man in a full on fist fight lately? Or for that matter… Ever?

    3rd – From First glance it looks like the good guy wins the fight and shows the aggressor get his ass handed to him. Street justice.

    4th – We have all seen people like this and we all wished that someone would shut them up, but no one did. That person kept going on shooting their mouth off and no one stuck to their guns and stood up to what appeared at first glance to be a bully.

    Keep in mind that all of these 4 statements were why I believe the video went viral. Since we don’t know what was said earlier before the video started we don’t know the whole story.

    Part 5: The Racist comments on the videos

    This is the most disgusting part of this whole situation. Anytime you see any video with a black vs. white situation. A debate, a contest or this fight you will see some racist comments, but this one seemed worse than most. A lot of these arm chair tough guys and girls typing all these hateful comments is sickening. While I don’t agree with the hate crime and hate speech bills, I do get bothered to see how low people can sink. It is nice to see some of the stand up people calling them out in the comments section for being racist, but the frequency of those types of comments is disturbing. We all know they would never say those racist comments to any African American to their face. Well at least a LOT of them wouldn’t.

    Part 6: Being a war veteran

    I am not sure what action Tom saw in Vietnam if any. I just don’t know about the facts on his service and where he was stationed and any other issues with him personally, but if he was there and did see some action it would not surprise me one bit. I have known some veterans from the Vietnam era and some of them do have some issues. I knew of a few veterans that you never wanted to wake up while they were sleeping because if you did, you might have your hands full for a while. I am not even joking. When you are out there in the jungle trying to kill or be killed and you see many friends getting killed all around you every day, it WILL change you forever. You just don’t get over some of this stuff that goes on in a war. You see things you can’t un-see. So when you have a potential war veteran like Tom in a situation like this, I am glad that he stopped beating on Michael. Sometimes they may not stop depending on their background. When someone is in an enraged state they can black out while in a fight and if they do it might be the end of someone.

    Part 7: The post fight interview of Tom (Epic Beard Man)

    There have been many interviews with Tom. I have seen at least 2 of them. One of these was made by someone on the street type of thing and another by a radio station who interviewed him. There were many things that were said by Tom that didn’t quite seem right. He stated that Michael flashed him a knife and that he was a convicted murderer and that Michael was out for 22 and a half minutes when in the video we clearly see him conscious and he walked back to his original seat bleeding badly. There just did seem to be some things that didn’t quite add up. I had no reason to doubt Tom or his words at first. I was not there. I don’t have any first hand knowledge of either of them except what was on the video. Tom is someone that seems pretty likable from his interviews. He is clearly amped up when talking about this incident. He also will burst into tears when talking about his mother that just passed away. He is clearly an emotional guy on both sides of the spectrum. I know a lot of people are making him out to be a hero for standing up to Michael, but at the same time Michael himself said that he has gone to prison. He has dealt with some pretty hard drugs and pimping. So that is the best resume to be walking up to the nearest fortune 100 company with. I am not judging him at all, but it needs to be said. I totally believe that people can change their life, but they must want to in order to do it. You can’t make them. So I do hope that he has all that baggage behind him now.

    Part 8: The post fight interview of Michael (opponent)

    This interview is the only reason why I wrote all this. If I had not seen this interview I would never have put this on my blog. It was so easy to write off Michael and call him just some dumbass thug that got exactly what he deserved. It sure looked like it to me. While I do consider him 100% wrong for approaching Tom the first time, and again 100% wrong for approaching him the second time, and again 100% for throwing the first punch, I would never have thought that this guy would ever have anything worth while to say in a million years after seeing how he acted in that video. This was where I was wrong. Someone sent me a link to the follow up interview of Michael where he talks about this. So the first thing that popped in my mind was “isn’t he going to be in jail for violating his parole for murder?” How is he out on the streets doing radio interviews on this fight if he is back in jail?

    This is where it gets interesting. Michael sits down on this radio show and they begin to go over everything from who started it to who took Tom’s bag. First off, I had no idea that Michael was intoxicated on the bus. This happened in the middle of the day! It didn’t look like it was after 4:00pm either. I am not sure when it happened but it was not close to dark outside at all. While he does come off as very believable in the interview I would question that he remembers anything that was said 100%. If anyone reading this blog thinks about the last time they were at a party and got into an argument or watched one will not be able to remember every single word that was said. This again goes back to the simple miscommunication gone horribly wrong. Just look at Tom’s reaction when he says “YOU OFFERED!” This line is key to explaining that neither one of them were on the same page when they were talking.

    Michael was also wrong when he said no one was stepping up to the plate and trying to help calm things down. There were at least two people trying to help the situation. Where I must commend Michael here is that he goes on there and says that he would like to apologize to Tom because he is a veteran and his own brother was in the service as well. He also apologized for the way he conducted himself by throwing the first punch. He also goes on to apologize to the AC transit company, the general public and the people on the bus. He also clarified that he did not have a knife on him at the time of the fight. Which is not what Tom said in his interviews. He also clarifies that he is not a murderer and is not out on Parole. I cannot vouch for this claim, but this is what he stated in the radio interview. If he was a murderer, I am pretty sure he would not be on the radio show. He even went as far to apologize to all the veterans. In the interview he also comments on all the racist comments on the video saying very bad comments on the video that I will not repeat here. He states that “He is not a thug or a wanna be gangster, and that he is a respectable citizen and a law abiding citizen.” Ironic considering he was just in a fight and being intoxicated in the middle of the day. Not the best way to back up that claim.

    In the closing of the interview he was asked if he had talked to Tom and he said no, but he said he would like to “let bygones be bygones”. The main reason why I bothered posting all this on the blog was because we had just heard Tiger Woods give his long awaited public apology to the world. He sat there for like 15 minutes and read his pre-written speech to the world saying how sorry he was. Then I see this person Michael come on to a radio show with no real coaching, with no PR people and lawyers and say flat out that he was sorry for how things went down and that he was willing to let bygones be bygones. I believed his words more than Tiger Woods. I am not a huge fan of Michael and how he acted and in my opinion got what was coming to him on this occasion, but It is not my place to judge him, but in hearing this interview it was nice to see someone just sit there with no notes or pre-written papers in front of him and own the situation and at least for the moment be a man about it and say he was sorry.

    Part 9: The Bottom Line

    While No one seems to know all the facts and I hope that these two people get a chance to hash it out and make some good out of a bad situation, there are some things to be learned from this. When you are in a heated debate with someone don’t draw the line in the sand. Once you do this, it can be a point of no return. The ultimatum, is not something to be used lightly. While most normal people will do anything to avoid a fight, painting them into a corner may do nothing except ensure that a fight will happen. This is not the olden days where it was always done with fists either. Someone may just pull the knife or gun and then it may not be time for the “amber lamps”, but time for the hearse. I think the most important thing about a situation like this is how are the people around the situation agitating it or calming it down. Many times both parties don’t want to take that final step and go into an all out fight, but with no way to save face, they will not back down. So if the people around them can talk some sense to them it can diffuse the situation. Conversely, if you have someone in the background challenging them to take it to the next level, they will most likely have to fight it out because they have gone to far. Also it doesn’t hurt to be sober. Many good people have done some pretty stupid shit while drinking (lets hope this is the case with Michael). So if you don’t have all your wits handy that last thing you want to do is debate someone, let alone fight them.

    The most disturbing part of all if this is how many people that were watching the video of the fight went on to post hateful racist comments. We all know there is racism out there and maybe Michael deserved what he got on the bus, but that doesn’t mean that give anyone the right to bring it down to this level. I say this knowing full well that they would never say this out in the open and they just do so behind the protection of anonymity. So if they want to go online and speak this racist hate, fine, then put your face on camera and say all the racist things you want, but don’t hide behind your monitor to do it. Those people that did this are all cowards.

    Finally, It will be interesting to see what all the facts are since so many people are enthralled by this story. If Tom does have some issues like PTSD, I hope that he can get some help. Many former military servicemen are thrown under the bus after their service to our country and that is a shame. It is sad that sometimes after they give to their country that they are never the same again and can’t hold down a regular job. This statement was not made about Tom personally, but to anyone that has served in the military and has not been able to come back 100% when their service is over and it is time to live the rest of their life.

    “WAR IS HELL” William Tecumseh Sherman

    HOMELESS VETERANS ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA

    Barracks for Charlie CO 2/508 82nd Airborne

    Iraq for Sale The war profiteers: Full documentary on the War in Iraq. Things you may want to know.

     
    • marshaljulsdoc67 5:25 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This was a very interesting blog, I wouldn’t be surprised if every confrontation Tom has may trigger a flashback. My mother knows somebody who was in vietnam and he gets flashbacks. Cetain things trigger it, I haven’t asked myy mother what specifically that triggers it but Tom could feel that it is life or death in every fist fight he has.

      It’s quite surprising to see Michael get interviewed and not talkin junk. I originally thought he was a 25 year old thug who wants to fight every white guy he sees or every older person he sees to take advantage of them. Although he was in the wrong I don;t believe he deserves any racist comments directed towards him or Tom. You might as well be the younger black girl video taping the fight. She is the one who stole Tom’s bag and said”Say it again, say it again pinky”. I believe she was one of the worst people in the fight. Thats just my opinion. In terms of trying to get a fight to happen. From what i saw it looked like they both tried to not bother fighting and just go seperate ways.

      Its very likely Tom may have PTSD or maybe some other mental illness that involves bursts of rage. As what iv’e seen in the aftermath video he was still worked up and Michael again tried to keep it goin and again the young girl tried to agitate him,again. Its dissapointing that we currently have to deal with racism or even reverse racism but this I dont believe was a racist case until the young girl and everyone who writes racist and vulger comments about Michael made it a racist case. I’ll admit im on Tom’s side and I believe that Michael was wrong in this but I do believe there is nothin to gain by writin racist comments and yell out racist comments like that girl did.

      This could be a lesson to be learned wether it is not fuck with older people because they may surprise you like Tom said. Or it could be that racism is currently in an all time high but this time its spread upon everyone else wetherits callin an asian a yellow callin black people Niggers or even callin white people pinky or crackers. Its just not neccesary and idiotic to believe that it helps any situation.

      • Desire' 6:54 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you. We do not need to be pointing out our differences like that. Your race does not define the type of person that you are, so I do not believe that there is any need to put any emphasis on it. That girl was rude and instigating things by making it a race issue.

        Something that I found interesting is that Michael stated in the interview that he knew he was going to get beat down, because Tom was big guy….ect…but when he was walking up to Tom starting stuff, he sure was not putting off that body language, it sounds like a copout to me.

    • feeish 2:24 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well it’s like my uncle always says “There are 3 sides to every story what he said she said and what really happened”

    • Desire' 6:38 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After hearing both sides I am still think Tom did the right thing. No one deserves to be pushed around. As a person, he seems a little off, and it does appear that he has embellished his story a bit. However, these embellishments do not take away from the fact that his actions in this situation were completely just. I would rather focus on the action and why it made people react in such large numbers. Why is it that even though most people, who would not give Tom the time of day if they were walking down the street, will now stop and take photos with him? Think about it…there is a reason that people are so impressed with this particular situation…
      As a veteran, I do not care about Michael’s opinion about us, and therefore do not need an apology. He is trying to use that line to make him look better and have people empathize with him. It is easy to come up with good excuses of why we did what we did when we messed up. I don’t care what he has to say now, because he was just a person who got what was coming to him in that situation. I think he learned his lesson and that is why he is sitting down like a proper acting citizen and apologizing. People will only do what we allow them to do to us, and Tom obviously doesn’t take S***!
      We need to stop focusing on race so much. People can step around it all they want, but the reason that this video was so popular, was because it was a confrontation between a White guy and a Black guy. I debated even posting this because I know I am going to get so many comments on it, but it needs be said. There was a time when minorities were treated unfairly, and there were laws created to protect their God given rights. I am happy that these policies were established because as a Woman, I have benefited from them. However, I feel that many of these laws are no longer needed and are now only creating animosity toward races and genders. It is basic psychology, people don’t like being told what to do and when you force people to except ideas or belief; wither they agree or not; they will do the opposite. This motivation is called reactance. This is where I can understand the initial reinforcement by the Government, but at some point these laws need to adapt to the changing time.
      I believe that people’s reaction to this video depicts the above conclusion. Interested to know what you think…be gentle….

      P.S. The first time I saw this video, it was sent to me in an email titled “A sad moment in black history” by Wanda Sykes…

    • ZoulArt 9:19 pm on June 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I heard you wanted help with a blog or something?

    • yoursecondsetofeyes 8:13 am on July 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just wanted you to know that the only time I had ever seen any news on television over the past several years had been when I was visiting someone else’s home. Most of it is disturbingly moronic. When I have watched your videos, I see intelligence, passion, and a desire to educate. It is obvious that you are not attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, but to take off the blinders that have been built by mainstream media. Thank you for being the ‘voice that cries in the wilderness’.

      Because of my distrust of the television media, I knew nothing of Haliburton. Thanks for putting that up. I watched the entire documentary and was reminded of my mother-in-law’s experience, working as a nurse for a private company in Saudi Arabia. She came back a changed person from her second stint. Horrible things happened, and though she told us about some things, I know that she withheld much.

      I wish I knew how we could take this country back from the big companies, but I don’t think it is possible. At this point, I’m sure that the world is owned by them. It is a bleak picture indeed.

  • therealweeklynews 2:20 am on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Tiger Woods apology sorry for cheating wife woman womanizer nike golf pga   

    Tiger Woods does NOT owe you an apology. 


    Tiger Woods im Sorry

    Tiger Woods im Sorry

    I know some people will think to themselves “what is he talking about this garbage for”, but hear me out. I was curious how this would play out knowing how much money is involved with him playing golf. The fact of the matter is that he is literally bigger than the sport. Just look at the ratings when he is playing and when he is not. The ratings have dropped as much as 55% without him in the game. His presence is that powerful. As big as Michael Jordan was he never had this type of impact on the league when he was in his prime. The difference if Tiger plays in a tournament can mean more than double the normal ratings.

    I know people have beat this story to death and for the most part I disagreed with most of the commentary on this subject so I wanted to post my thoughts about it.

    This is what we all know. Tiger Woods Cheated on his wife with at least one woman, but most likely it was a LOT more than one. There is no point going into how many because who knows who is telling the truth and who is lying. It is like a feeding frenzy now with woman coming out of the woodworks. He is a married man with two kids. So naturally any family oriented person would think this is the wrong way to ensure a solid family foundation cheating on your wife.

    I know this is all obvious, but here is where I have seen so many people get it wrong. All this is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS! He is not a political figure. He is not in charge of public policy. He does not write and pass laws. He does not earn a living off of the taxpayers money paid to him by his elected office. He is a guy that plays golf and now he can just add cheating husband to his credentials. He cheated on his wife and it was all over the papers. Are you kidding me. This was a bigger story than 9-11 for the New York Post. He was actually on the cover for 20 straight issues.

    Tiger and 9 11 New York Post 20 days in a row

    This is how messed up the media is, but is it their fault and their fault alone? Of course not. If enough people would have stood up and said after the 3rd day. “If you put him on the cover one more time we will never buy your paper again!” That would have been the last of him on the cover I promise you that.

    The real depressing part of this, as you already know, is that they are in fact giving a large part of the population what they want. Gossip about some golfer who cheated on his wife. This just shows how low things really are right now in the news industry. The real news is a miserable thing to report, usually filled with war, crime, death and misery. Who really wants to do that every day? It can be depressing. Most people actually get their news from shows like the Daily Show. Making jokes at the real news makes it a little more tolerable. So today we live in a world where a golfer cheating on his wife takes more priority over the billions of companies like Goldman Sachs who received one of the biggest money and power grabs in this country’s history. The bailouts, the stimulus and other bills being passed right now could not only affect you, but your kids and their kids’ kids as well, but does this make the front cover for 20 straight days? Of course not. Even though it is a bigger story it is not nearly as sexy. It won’t sell copies. That is the bottom line. It is a business and sex and scandal will always win out over a solid news story with no sleazy appeal.

    So now back to Tiger and his wife. The reality is that the only people he needs to apologize to is his wife and family and personal friends that were affected by this. He doesn’t owe me an apology. He does not owe you an apology. It is none of my business. It is none of your business. It is not like he harmed me in any way. My life is not affected by him cheating on his wife one bit. Whatever friends and family I have in my life will not be made better or worse because he cheated on his wife and now he made some public apology. I have heard all sorts of people on shows like Around the Horn and PTI that say ridiculous things like he needs to go on Oprah. Like she is the one that can now wash away all his sins. Are you kidding me? Every time something like this happens from Michael Vick to Jay Leno all these talking heads always say they need to go on Oprah to repair their image. He doesn’t even owe the networks an apology. Hell they are making money off of him regardless of this and in fact it was a sleazy event that brought women’s figure skating a huge ratings bonanza when the whole Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan fiasco hit the fan in 1994. Because of that event before the Olympics, The broadcast of the Olympics remains one of the most watched telecasts in American history. This makes for higher ad sales and everyone is happy. The networks will always find a way to sell a story good or bad to get people to view and for the most part it works.

    As most of you have seen he finally, after months of speculation, came out and addressed this subject in the usual press conference manner. He stands at a podium reading line by line everything his lawyers and PR people arranged for him to say and he read it like Obama giving a speech. Accept Obama can sell it, Tiger can’t. He stumbled and bumbled through it and in the end what did it really accomplish? Not a lot. You have a guy that was in the top of his field and he made a public apology to a bunch of people that he did not hurt. The only reason for this really is to make the sport of golf and the sponsors of both the PGA events and Tiger himself sell the events with a clear conscience. They just don’t want every wife in America and around the world to despise him and give their husbands a bunch of grief for watching him play or buying his merchandise. That was who this apology was for. He was apologizing for his business partners because they don’t want any of his dirt on them. Rightfully so. This was for the wives moms, sisters and daughters. Most men really don’t care that he cheated on his wife. They will not stop watching golf because of it. They will not stop buying his gear if they like it. Very few men will boycott his gear and the sport because of this. I don’t condone cheating on your wife, but again is it any of my business. NO! Was what he did wrong? YES!

    Here is the thing to keep in mind. Had he been single he would have been considered a ladies man. No one made him get married. Anytime you see a very young person have the world at their fingertips you know they are going to have issues. It is usually too much to handle. Why do you think these child stars have such issues? I knew somehow some way that Kobe Bryant would have some issues. He was all of 18 years old, a millionaire and living in L.A. How much more could you want as a young charismatic man. Then you have the alleged rape that took place in Colorado. Kobe was accused of RAPE and he is fine now. He really does not carry a stigma because of it. He is the blueprint for how to handle something like this. Hell his jersey is the number one in sales right now since the start of the 2008-2009 season. People always move on.

    If you are a young charismatic male with fame and fortune, marriage is going to be a hard thing to stick to. Some men are not faithful at all. Others might get weak under the right circumstances. The key is to avoid any possible temptations. If you are someone like Tiger Woods you are not going to have a problem finding a woman, but if you do decide to settle down you really better be ready to settle down. If you are rich, alone, you may have the need to be careful with your relationships with women and women with men. It goes both ways. So for someone who has all these ingredients like youth, fame and fortune marriage is going to be a hard thing for some men to stick to. In general it is obvious that people really don’t take marriage that seriously any more. It used to be damning for someone to be divorced and that was less than 100 years ago. Now if a couple has a few bad days in a row they say they have irreconcilable differences and move on to the next ex-wife or ex-husband. It really is not the commitment that it used to be by modern society standards. There is no real backlash if a famous celebrity or athlete gets a divorce.

    For me this is the litmus test for an apology. This is how you know if someone is really sorry or not. The first and only rule for a sincere apology is that it must come from you and you alone. Imagine you get in a bad fight with your husband or wife, mother or father, or brother and sister and later you want to tell them you are sorry. So you call them into a room and you break out your note cards or pad of paper and begin to read it to them verbatim. Most people would not consider that a legitimate apology. While I don’t think he was obligated to make a public apology, if he was indeed going to make one on this subject he could have at least spoke from his heart not his pre written speech. I still remember when Terrell Owens had his agent read his speech for him. It got me pretty misty eyed I have to admit. Nothing says sorry more than someone else reading your apology for you.

    I think if he had been proven to be drinking and driving which some speculate, then I may change my tune on this, because he would then have been on an open road and could have hurt or killed an innocent civilian. Under those circumstances I would say that he does indeed owe a public apology, but not if he has not done something reckless that would put innocent people in danger. Again, if he had been serving a public office where he is paid and his income is from the tax payer, this would be a completely different story because the general public are actually paying this person to serve them and they are accountable in other ways that most citizens are not.

    This all goes back to the type of “news” the mass media spits out on a daily basis. There is an old saying “never screw up on a slow news day”. Well if you are someone with the stature like Tiger woods and you screw up in a sex scandal, every day is a slow news day.  I cant tell you how many people have no clue who the Vice President is, but they all know tiger cheated on his wife and whatever Angelina Jolie is doing this week.

    If you ever want to see how much of this started in this country you really need to watch these videos below. This is the story of Fatty Arbuckle and William Randolph Hearst. Hearst was the famous publishing tycoon who uttered the famous words. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

    This video collection is a five part series on the Early Scandals of Hollywood and how the media (specifically Hearst) Reported on it.

    This is Orson Wells speaking of how basically Citizen Kane and trying to stick to movies ruined his life. William Randolph Hearst and Orson Wells were both consumed by this and they were never the same after it. If you can find it, make sure you watch documentary about this event called “The Battle over Citizen Kane”

     
    • Captain Cook 1:06 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      comehome14 from YouTube here.

      I knew the tabloids were going to sensationalize things like this, but 20 ISSUES? And people bought them? It’s as if we’re headed straight for the setting of Idiocracy!

    • Captain Cook 1:10 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      comehome14 from YouTube here.

      TWENTY ISSUES? And people read this crap?

      It’s as if the setting of Idiocracy is coming on schedule.

      (also, sorry if this is a duplicate comment; I’m not getting any sign that these are going through.)

      • therealweeklynews 7:55 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I am new to doing these blogs on this site. I have no idea how to make these comments automatically be approved. For some reason this blog site or my channel makes me actually check for posts like yours and approve them. I have looked on here for a different setting, but could not find it. So if anyone reading this knows how to change this blog to auto approve comments let me know. Thanks

    • ZilverGalacticon 8:31 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yet an other time where you speak for the rest, well, at least for me.
      didn’t even know it got bigger than the 9/11 incident.
      that really should be a warning-sign. Too bad some people are hooked on the booze, dope, porn or celebrity shit. I call this category of people 3rd graders. It got nothing to do with school grades. It just means they pretty much lost it, and are hanging on a synthetic and man-made everyday life.
      Question is however… how should we “un-plug” these people. It is obvious that the mainstream media Like Television and 3rd grade magazines keep em in this pseudo-real life.
      There are a lot of people (including You) who try and do their best to unplug people, kind of make em look back, stand on solid ground (hope you get my point) and I thank You as well as all other people who are aiming at this same goal.
      But…. I don’t know…
      Any advice of how to help? I mean, is it really enough to try to mirror to this site?
      Or shall I go poke people with a stick 😛
      No but seriously… And what do we do with the people that ARE listening (like me)

      I am grateful/thankful for your work and wish you all the best man, keep kickin at it 😉
      And thanks for this vid by the way, its one of these good rare vids that more people should see, especially the 3rd graders.
      Have a nice day Man, Peace and love

    • marshaljulsdoc67 6:17 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I do enjoy how you go in depth instead of 2 or 3 lines of basically a 3rd graders summery of Cat In The Hat. I always felt that I didn’t deserve Tiger’s apology but the funny thing everywhere I see is “Tiger owes us an apology”,” My kid will cheat on his wife if he doesnt apologize”. I don’t feel that I need someone to apologize and justify why he may have doomed his relationship. Then when I read in your blog that Tiger Woods was on the front cover for 20 straight days thats very sobering you could say.Its hard to believe that something that noone died from or got dangered exept his relationship is more importantan to people than the idea of everyone losing money, or the 2,900 people who died in the date of 9/11 and how people are getting lung cancer possibly because the debris.

      When I saw the apology, i’ll admit after 2 days of hearing nothing but the upcoming press conference without questions I was interested in what he would say.I do also admit that the rules and stipulations were idiotic. After his statement everyone exept an espn writer named Stephen A. Smith said he hated the statement and I agree. I personally lost more respect for Tiger Woods(but its likely more temporary than not) when he said his apology I think an apology that he didn’t even write, and could barely read(I doubt it was because he was emotional)it. In what Mr.Black wrote above”Imagine you get in a bad fight with your husband or wife, mother or father, or brother and sister and later you want to tell them you are sorry. So you call them into a room and you break out your note cards or pad of paper and begin to read it to them verbatim. Most people would not consider that a legitimate apology.”I completely agree with that point he made. I felt the apology was cheap but thats my opinion.

      Now with the story about Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle is very interesting. Its crazy how censored the early 1900’s are. Could do you think of any other guys where somebody wrongfully lost their credibility due to an overblown newspaper or magazine story? I thought it was kinda funny how at that time some places wouldnt allow a women to show their ankles in a movie otherwise they would censore the movie and not show it whatsover. It’s amazing to think of how censored those days were and thank you for sharing your blog and a great story about a guy whos life got ruined by one writer who basically overblew everything to get more sales. Hope you make more of these, now I could get my “fill” that i’ve been waiting for on youtube for months. Again thank you for being real approachable and have enormous intelect and I greatly respect and appreciate that.

    • Dj Will Power 5:34 am on April 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The media underestimates us. While sex may sell, if they were consistent with newsworthy media, I think they’d have a supportive foundation in there listeners/viewers. I honestly don’t believe they want us to elevate our minds by keeping us informed with the truth and more important matters. I’ve listened to the news tell me that plates and portions of food is 60% bigger today than it was in the time of Jesus, based on the drawing of the last supper LMAO LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL ….I couldn’t believe I was expected to be so dumb, listening to that GARBAGE!!!! #1 it’s a painting (not even a portrait), meaning it’s all the figment of the artist’s imagination. He wasn’t looking at Jesus and the disciples during the last supper, and who’s to say how his brain computed what the size of the plate should be on the table? it wasn’t a photograph! ….so just to go along with what you’re saying about topics that are hardly newsworthy being overexposed (or exposed as at)….that’s why we have other sources of information to be informed. I have no trust in the media. They’ll have you more worried about receiving free health care, than being able to afford your own health care. That’s the problem. I can’t afford it. Don’t encourage me to be a slave to the system. Help me discover my independence. PLEASE!!!! That’s what I need.

  • therealweeklynews 4:37 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Olympic youtube blood money Nodar Kumaritashvili luge accident 2010 Olympics Georgian luger profiting from death misery unethical reporting exploiting dead   

    OLYMPIC YOUTUBE BLOOD MONEY 


    Youtube Blood Money

    Youtube Blood Money

    About 3 years ago I received a spam message on one of my videos saying and I quote

    MY boyfriends in Iraq and I need someone to play with. Now needless to say I found that to be extremely offensive for many obvious reasons.

    Not until this week have I been so disgusted with something here on youtube.

    For those of you who may not know, there was a tragic accident just days ago at the winter Olympics that killed a Georgian Olympian, Nodar Kumaritashvili. He was all of 21 years old.

    I don’t follow the Olympics that closely, but I stumbled across the story here on youtube while looking at the videos of the day. I must say, like anyone, I was curious what went wrong. I am not a morbid person, but I have played sports in the past and was wondering how something like this could happen.

    I want to make something very clear before I go into all this. I normally never go after any other Youtubers. They can make whatever kind of videos they want. I am not a hater. I don’t care about how some changes their voice. I don’t care that they may or may not have a mask on. That has nothing to do with this video and my take on this subject. I didn’t want to make a video on this subject. I put it off for days hoping that it would not keep going on like this, but after seeing a 3rd channel pull this same trick I could not keep quiet any longer.

    Profiting off of someones death

    Profiting off of someones death

    I let this slide for as long as I could. I just saw WAY to many people trying to profit from this young mans tragic death and I could not stay quiet about it any more.

    So I find this video and I click on it to find some more information on how this accident happened and who this person was. So in this video I click on that was on the top of the front page of all of youtube in the popular section for the last 2 to 3 days has no real information at all about this person and what happened. All it is is some guy stating the obvious with a completely misleading thumbnail. This is a classic bait and switch thumbnail cheat. While he is talking about the the incident, it is nothing more than him sitting in a chair. It does not show any real insight into the man that was killed or what specially happened. Also the video was all of 50 seconds long.

    Now this alone would not compel me to make a video on this subject. It is his channel and he can do what he wants with it.

    The reason why I am making this video is for 2 reasons. He has made 5 videos exploiting this persons tragic death (if indeed that other channel is him. I think it is) and he has put ads on all five videos. The first video he goes briefly into what happened, ok I have no problem with that. In the second video He tried to defend his original video, but does he change the title or the thumbnail, no! He still uses the same language as the first video with another fake thumbnail trying to make more money off of the death of this young man. Then to top it off, he makes a 3rd video with the same title with the same fake thumbnail where he talks about how this is how he makes money, by reporting the news. Not once in those 2 follow up videos did he make a title of the video represent what those two videos were about. The second one was made to address why people were killing him in the comments section for profiting off of this young mans death, but in the 3rd one he actually walks around his garage showing all the things his blood money has bought him from the camera he uses to his car. Now this is not the only time this person has done this here on youtube.

    This person waits for someone to die or merely a rumor of someone dying and he jumps on it immediately trying to capitalize on their untimely death.

    He did this for Brock Lesner when he was ill.

    He did it for Michael Jackson when he died.

    These two were fairly understandable, but the one that really shows you that he does not give a damn at all is the one where he made a video about the rumored death of Kanye West and in the FAKE thumbnail he put the years 1975-2009 which everyone knows represents the birth and death of whoever you are talking about. Then he actually puts in the description and I quote “rest in peace to my dog… my homie.

    This should clear up any doubt that he is nothing more than an ambulance chaser.

    I am sure people like this just cant wait for the next Virginia Tech massacre to happen or the next princess Diana accident to run to their camera and try to sum up how sad they are in less than a minute to slap an advertisement on their video in hopes to be the first one that takes off and gets to be the one that gets pushed on the youtube surfers by being on the top of the popular page for days on end.

    So how does youtube itself fit into all this?

    Luge on top of Youtube Popular Page for days

    They are the ones that have made sure it stayed on the top of the popular page this whole time racking up millions and millions of views. Without this type of premium placement it doesn’t get nearly the exposure. What people have failed to understand about the changes that youtube made long before the hulu tube video came out is that the popular section does not have a time limit. For the most viewed pages, once that video is 48 hours old it goes off of the lists. Whereas the popular page has no time limit. A video can be there for weeks on end. So in essence youtube has hand picked and promoted these videos made by him and helped him gain millions of views a day.

    So to sum up the issues I have with this situation:

    #1 – The fake misleading thumbnails for all 3 videos (that only partners can use)

    The thumbnail is not at all what you see in the video

    #2 – Making a second video with the same title as the first, but it is not about the accident, it is about all the hate he has been getting and rightfully so.

    #3 – The most offensive part of this is the 3rd video where he shows how much money he has made from making videos like this. I have no problem with people making money for their videos and for their work, but when someone slaps a video together in all of 1 minute and uploads it to youtube then slaps a FAKE thumbnail on it to mislead people into thinking they are going to see something that is not even in the video is disgraceful.

    #4 – Youtube has deemed that some users are better or more important than other users. If you are a partner you can lie, cheat, steal, and mislead users as long as you are making money for them. These statements are NOT specifically stated against these people who made these videos, but in general. I have heard of people having giveaways that never give anything away or they do something for charity, but the money may not in fact go to a charity. If the average user tried to do something like this with no advertisements next to it I can assure you it would not be plastered for days on the top of the most viewed page picking up millions of views. So the moral of this story is that if you are going to be unethical, you better make sure you and google will be able to cash in otherwise you just might get suspended.

    Youtube has shown time and time again that if they like you and you make money for them you get completely different treatment than someone who doesn’t. In fact I was a partner for about a month and I tried to get my two videos that were unjustly flagged re-reviewed so they would not be flagged any more and they would not even return my emails. THIS WAS WHEN I WAS A YOU TUBE PARTNER! So shortly after that I told them to remove me from the partner program immediately and that I would not place advertisements on any of my videos. So in the end they found it easier to remove me from the partner program than to review my videos so we could both make money from my future videos.

    I have talked several times in the past about how I feel about youtube and how they treat the users. What many people don’t understand is that, yes, I know it is a business, but all I ever wanted was for them to enforce the rules equally among all members. I can live by whatever Terms of Service they create, but I have no tolerance when they have two standards for channels. One standard for partners to get away with damn near anything and another for the rest of the users where they can just ban you and delete you with no warning or reason. They simply do it because they can. I have a mark on one of my channels to this day that has no information or reason. It is just a blank spot that says I violated something almost 3 years ago with no info at all on what it was and why it was put there.

    The current double standard for users and how they choose to enforce the same rules in a completely different manner for one channel to another is right online with flat out discrimination. If there is no consistent enforcing of the rules then there is flat out favoritism and discrimination. If they were to come clean and be honest and say they want nothing to do with freedom of speech and put an end to their charade I would leave this subject alone, but when they lie right to my face and say how they are for freedom of speech while at the same time working on software in China and with youtube to promote their chosen channels over the rest of the community, that I do have a problem with. Here is an excellent video on this subject:

    The reason why I still talk about these subjects is because I want people to know for the record that some of us know what they are up to and we can show people how they manipulate the system to elevate some channels over others and therefore discriminate against some of the channels they don’t like for one reason or another.

    I normally don’t even go after another “youtube user”, but this time I had to make an exception. I was that disgusted at what I saw going on here. There needs to be some minimal respect for the dead and in this case I saw more and more people seeing how they could make a quick buck off of this story and using the same cheap techniques to do this for money. If they want to keep doing things like this to make money, that is up to them, but we all should call it like it is. Exploiting death and misery to make a quick buck. It is not just that it was done, but the way it was done. The difference between the networks is they have to talk about the news. They do it every day so when something happens like this they are required to. They also can report this in a good way and pay tribute, or they to can exploit his death by sensationalizing it. There is a right way to do this and a wrong way. Paying respectful tribute to someone that has passed away is a good thing and everyone appreciates a heartfelt video about someone who has just passed. These videos I am talking about in my video and this blog were not that type of video. They were just tabloid journalism at best. Nothing more, nothing less. I hope this is not the future of “reporting” on youtube.

    I have seen at least 3 separate channels posting VERY short videos on this Olympians death with no real insight into what happened. No details. Nothing of relevencee and they do all this because they are a reporter. Reporters offer something to the story some actual insight into the event. Like say Something about the person and the families effected by this tragic event. These people have offered none of that. They just saw a quick payday and decided to cash in. It is their channel and they can do what they want, but I am not going to let them get away with trying to hide behind this “reporter” shield. We need to call this what it is. They see death and suffering and know that this will get the views. So they run right off to their camera wing a short video with very little useful information and slap a fake thumbnail on it and call it reporting. That is not the case. This is textbook exploitation.

     
    • Ishatonu 4:59 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I will be honest, I never thought I did anything wrong. I dont look at death the same way as others, Ive seen too much of it and it doesnt affect me the same way.

      I will say your video put a foot in my ass, all bullshit aside, it put a foot up my ass. I never thought about it the way you put it. This isn’t to brown nose or kiss up to you, as I have always had respect for you. The points you made in the video put me in my place Mr. Black.

      After looking at it the way you put it, it does make me feel somewhat ashamed, because while of course I was trying to get views, I didnt really think of the innocent. I didnt think I was doing anything wrong, so i struck while the iron was hot.

      I deleted the third video yesterday, and have changed the title and thumbs of the 2nd video. Not because im scared of what people will think, Im sure millions hate me already. I changed it because your video made 100% sense to me. I didnt look at it like that before.

      • therealweeklynews 5:19 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        We have talked in the past and the last thing I ever wanted to do was make a video like this against someone I have talked to before. I am not like that. I put this off for days, but after the 3rd channel did this I could not let is slide any more. I am happy for you or anyone else that is able to make a living and provide for their family by making videos. I would maybe like to be able to do the same thing with making videos.

        I cant say how glad I am that you took my video for what it was worth and that you didnt get defensive about it. I dont like making negative videos. I really dont. They are no fun. I started making videos here about entertainment and things that make me and others happy. I know that sometimes we can all see things with tunnel vision and not look at all the other perspectives out there, but it does take a stand up guy to say what you have said here and in my videos. I do appreciate what you have written and I am glad you took the time to respond. My best to you and good luck with your channel in the future.

    • Ishatonu 7:44 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would, however, like it to be known that the other channels are NOT me. The only other channel I own is THEWACKYBUNCH.

    • Algazero 12:59 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really liked how you went more in-depth on your blog as compared to your video. I’m looking to hearing more from you in the days to come as always.
      Yours truly,
      Algazero

    • J 9:05 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I actually saw his first video within the hour that it was put up. All I saw were negative comments and him just defending himself. I was somewhat thinking the same thing as you were. I put my comment in. He deleted it. Likely because he didn’t want anyone to see it. So I’m glad you made your video response. If it was anyone else “lower” than you, I don’t think anything would have changed.

    • ZilverGalacticon 3:25 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What is worth thinking about is the direction Ishatonu is going to take from now on. Will he use this as a turning point to throw away the mask and try to be less of what he is and more serious?
      Or will he continue on with his current attitude?
      Thats interesting now isn’t it.

      Possetive of this events for me is
      1. yet an other video from Mr.Black (great vid as many times)
      2. It made me get into this site, which I never done before. (at least what I remember) Which means maybe other people get in here from now on.
      3. Tis video really shed light on this subject, making it appear in real detail and contrast.

      Looking forward for the further development of this incident, Ill give it a week 😉

    • marshaljulsdoc67 6:39 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great video, I enjoy that someone who is known for trolling (I do believe that Mr. Black was the only one able to change IShatOnU’s mind on how he handled this) respects Mr. Blacks word so much enough to take down his videos and point out he was wrong in everyone of them and link to this video. I personally believe Mr. Black should get a youtube medal for that,lol.

      I remember when I first subbed to IShatOnU he had 5,000 subscribers not as much as now though but i’ll never forget The video that he mirrored that video Mr.Black made HuluTube Phasing You Out. That is what I believe the best youtube video on youtube history. I honestly believe he could be the youtube activist or speaker.He speaks for the youtube community and he’ll have your back to the end which I respect. Heres some examples of what I believe he is maybe scaled down though in fame of course but I belive he is just like John Lennon in terms of approachablity.I’ll never forget when I first watch Imagin John Lennon a documentary about Johns life when a guy was living in John Lennons yard. Normal people would call the cops on him. You know what John Lennon did? He talked to him, he even offered the guy breakfast and they had breakfast together. Thats what makes the man John Lennon amazing. MLK Jr. due to the fact that he wants everyone treated equal. Or he makes speeches or videos for us, I dont make videos but he cared that if I ever did i would get a fair shot like guys like shane dawson Sxe Phil or even my least favorite Fred. I’ll be honest it is an injustice he only has 30,000 subscribers and thats a lot of subs but he deserves much more. Aiain I hope theres many more blogs to come.

  • therealweeklynews 9:55 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Vote for the best day to have a live show blogtv blog tv   

    MY NEW LIVE CHANNEL 


    MY LIVE CHANNEL

    MY LIVE CHANNEL

    
    

    My new live channel links and information

    Link to my Live Show on Blog TV:
    http://www.blogtv.com/People/realweeklynews

    Link to my Tritter Account:
    http://twitter.com/realweeklynews

    Link to my new video account on Blip.tv
    http://realweeklynews.blip.tv/

     
    • yoursecondsetofeyes 9:09 am on July 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There was a problem with the script for replies on your review blog for the blip account. You might want to have someone take a look at it. Let me know if you received my reply there. Thanks, Nevada

  • therealweeklynews 10:50 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: you tube youtube partner program censorship removed false flag rated videos no support   

    WHY I AM NO LONGER A YOU TUBE PARTNER 


    No longer a youtube partner

    No longer a you tube partner

    WHY I AM NO LONGER A YOU TUBE PARTNER

    This was my second email from youtube letting me know I was accepted into the partner program:

    Dear therealweeklynews,

    (I will paraphrase this email to avoid any copyright issues since every email has a copyright on it.)

    They thanked me for my interest in the partner program and let me know for the second time that my application was approved and they are awaiting me to complete my second and 3rd steps in the application process. They sent this second email to check in because I did not complete the other steps to begin in the revenue sharing process. They went on to say that if I was no longer interested in being in the partner program they would like to hear my feedback. So they let me know to feel free to reply with any concerns.

    If they give me permission I will be more then happy to post their email to me in its complete form.

    Sincerely,
    The YouTube Team

    ——————————————————————-

    Hello,

    I hope you take the time to read this and possibly forward this off to someone who handles some decisions regarding youtube and the direction it is headed. I came to this site originally because it was the best way to broadcast myself. I hope that if you actually take the time to read this and know that I just want the best for this site, the users and the partners. Maybe if the right person reads this we can get somewhere.

    I just noticed this partner accepted email recently. I am still interested in the possibility of becoming a youtube partner.

    I want a few things addressed before I continue with this process.

    I want these two videos that were unjustly flagged by your staff to be reviewed an unflagged as soon as possible:

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    Judging by the thousands of comments the community themselves feel that you messed up on allowing those videos to be flagged. I suggest you read 50 to 100 comments and you will find that your decision was a very poor one to allow them to be flagged when the rest of the community feels they should not have been.

    Here is one of the best ones to give you an example of how mad people were that YOU allowed this to happen.

    “This is the video that prompted me to join youtube and say something. I am so sick of the hypocrisy of show business and the people in it, especially against women and girls as young as these two. Both of them will grow up believing there was something “just not good enough” about them, and they will always carry it with them. Not to mention the stupidity of flagging this video. BTW, Janis Joplin was beautiful.

    MiaJacobs1″

    This was posted on my OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL video if you want to find it.

    As you know I will be giving all my money that I would make off of my videos to charity and I want the money to go directly to them, not me as I stated in this video almost a year ago.

    So I would like you to get back to me on this and let me know how you would like to proceed.

    I am sure that many people at youtube know that I have not been real happy with the way that the users have been treated here including myself. I have spent a lof time here on youtube and I have really enjoyed meeting people through your site that I would never have met without being here. The first year I was on this site I had almost nothing bad to say about it. Being here was a very enjoyable experience.

    When you look at a video like this:

    Then you see the hulu tube video. You may ask yourself how did we get here? The reason why we got here was because I tried to reach out to you tube on multiple occasions and never heard back from you. The reason why I have consistently had to air things out in public on videos was because no one ever bothered returning my emails. Maybe if someone wants to help people feel a LOT better about youtube and reach out to the community it would go a long way to building a better relationship with the users that feel very alienated by the way some things have been handled here.

    I hope that this gets forwarded on to someone that really makes some decisions at youtube and they do care enough to get back to me. We all want to like this site. We all want to support this site, but it seems like you are doing your best to drive your own customers away from the site. This may or may not be intentional, but I have plenty of things from my time here to show otherwise. If you wonder why the hulu tube video went viral, it is because many people felt that video spoke for them too. This could have all been avoided had someone just taken the time to listen to us. you created a community counsel once in the effort to build the community, but look what happened, nothing. This shows that people dont feel that they are wanted here and that their opinion and feedback doesn’t matter.

    Remember, we are the customers on this website. We are the ones that both provide content AND click on the advertisements. We should not be neglected. Yahoo was once the king of free email and search engines and now it is being dominated by you, “google”. It is one thing to be on top, it is another to stay on top. I am sure youtube does not want to be the next yahoo. If you keep this up, you might find this to be an inevitability.

    I hope this is not the case. I hope that someone who has some control over decisions regarding the community actually reads this and gets back to me so that this site can become what we all want it to be. What many people once called their favorite website.

    Best Regards,

    The Real Weekly News

    ——————————————————————-

    Reply from youtube:
    Hi Realweeklynews,

    (I will paraphrase this to avoid any copyright issues since every email has a copyright in it.)

    They thanked me for my understanding, but they would not be able to support specific video inquiries. They said they will pass my email along to their policy manager. But they also let me know ahead of time that as a policy youtube does not comment on individual emails. They went on to send me a few links to their policy page.
    Sincerely,

    The YouTube Team

    ——————————————————————-

    I want to move forward on this partner process with you, but I want those videos reviewed and I want a person to actually LOOK at the videos again. Children to mothers and fathers all agree that you dropped the ball on this one and these 2 videos NEED to be unflagged.

    The responses are over 99% in favor of unflagging the videos. It is painfully clear to everyone that you made a mistake and not fixing it when you can is not going to help things. Have someone look at them again and READ some of the comments.

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    If you can take the time to review the videos (incorrectly as the community themselves say) then someone can take the time to review the video again and actually watch it this time. I am not trying to be rude, but when you have over 1000 comments by all people of both genders and all ages saying that these videos should NOT be flagged, you should have the professionalism to take the time to listen to what the community (your own customers) has to say on a subject and FIX the problem.

    Since someone may not actually go to the video and look at the comments. I will paste the most recent 10 comments for each video. I could hand pick them, but I will just show the most recent 10 from each and it is still unanimous from the last 20 comments. It is pretty much unanimous with thousands of comments that there was a mistake on these two videos. Make this situation right. It is clear to everyone that this was a mistake and it only makes youtube look bad to not fix this problem.

    Maybe you should have someone from public relations take a CLOSE look at this. Maybe they will get the point. Since there are close to a million views combined and more and more people see every day that you cant listen to the very community that your website provides content to. I keep my videos clean and to be honest I am insulted to think that anyone would find any video I make to be offensive to anyone. I make sure not to use cursing and foul language to get my points across.

    I hope that you will seriously take the time to fix this obvious problem that everyone can clearly see.

    READ BELOW.
    KaiiNeko (7 hours ago)
    This video may not be suitable for minors?
    OMG theres nothing bad! stupid youtube from flaggiingg
    lovekrittaya (13 hours ago)
    Remove
    Comment removed by author
    ITrainOnCowsI (17 hours ago)
    omfg flagged????
    RandomDawgz (17 hours ago)
    WTF was wis flagged, stupid idiots.
    sum41fatguy (20 hours ago)
    why da f%#k is this flagged
    DeadHand1992 (1 day ago)
    why is this flagged
    fori222 (1 day ago)
    probably for the models
    scottytissue789 (1 day ago)
    f%#k youtube for flagging
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    flgged?
    coreymon78 (1 day ago)
    why was this flagged? this is true! we do it too and its wrong both ways. Why the hell was this flagged? Remove the flag!
    setherz (12 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    kizwit (21 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    hoverbike (21 hours ago)
    the irony… xD
    imTKA (1 day ago)
    I agree with you on the hulu, and this
    But im sorry
    The sxephil reference is really wrong
    I cant describe everything with one comment, i have a lot to say-imTKA
    rentrofmij (1 day ago)
    agree with you
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    Flagged? How? Why?
    halowatch117 (1 day ago)
    try to change the name cus if you didn’t know what it was some 1 might think that it is x rated.
    DOWN WITH HULUTUBE! I support old youtube.
    jude360n (1 day ago)
    have you seen the related vids on the side.
    just proves even further this guy is right.
    therhythmicmenace (2 days ago)
    why do we need softporn on youtube when the ful mccoy is all over the rest of the net!!
    its a distraction
    ghudner (2 days ago)
    FLAGGED??? haha! Just goes to show how rediculous their content teams are…

    ——————————————————————————-

    I have no advertisements on my videos yet‏
    Second follow up:
    Hello,

    I have no advertisements on my videos yet because no one has bothered to re-review my 2 flagged videos. I hope you will take the time to READ this below and re-evaluate those 2 videos that were UNJUSTLY flagged by your staff. The community virtually unanimously agrees about 99 to 1 saying these videos NEED to be unflagged. I sent this email below and I have heard nothing back from anyone so I have not moved forward with putting advertisements on any of my videos. I hope to hear back from someone soon.

    ——————————————————————————-
    (I posted the previous email below in case for some reason it was received. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. That is why it is here again.)

    I want to move forward on this partner process with you, but I want those videos reviewed and I want a person to actually LOOK at the videos again. Children to mothers and fathers all agree that you dropped the ball on this one and these 2 videos NEED to be unflagged.

    The responses are over 99% in favor of unflagging the videos. It is painfully clear to everyone that you made a mistake and not fixing it when you can is not going to help things. Have someone look at them again and READ some of the comments.

    OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SINGING SCANDAL

    SEX ON YOUTUBE

    If you can take the time to review the videos (incorrectly as the community themselves say) then someone can take the time to review the video again and actually watch it this time. I am not trying to be rude, but when you have over 1000 comments by all people of both genders and all ages saying that these videos should NOT be flagged, you should have the professionalism to take the time to listen to what the community (your own customers) has to say on a subject and FIX the problem.

    Since someone may not actually go to the video and look at the comments. I will paste the most recent 10 comments for each video. I could hand pick them, but I will just show the most recent 10 from each and it is still unanimous from the last 20 comments. It is pretty much unanimous with thousands of comments that there was a mistake on these two videos. Make this situation right. It is clear to everyone that this was a mistake and it only makes youtube look bad to not fix this problem.

    Maybe you should have someone from public relations take a CLOSE look at this. Maybe they will get the point. Since there are close to a million views combined and more and more people see every day that you cant listen to the very community that your website provides content to. I keep my videos clean and to be honest I am insulted to think that anyone would find any video I make to be offensive to anyone. I make sure not to use cursing and foul language to get my points across.

    I hope that you will seriously take the time to fix this obvious problem that everyone can clearly see.

    READ BELOW.
    KaiiNeko (7 hours ago)
    This video may not be suitable for minors?
    OMG theres nothing bad! stupid youtube from flaggiingg
    lovekrittaya (13 hours ago)
    Remove
    Comment removed by author
    ITrainOnCowsI (17 hours ago)
    omfg flagged????
    RandomDawgz (17 hours ago)
    WTF was wis flagged, stupid idiots.
    sum41fatguy (20 hours ago)
    why da f%#k is this flagged
    DeadHand1992 (1 day ago)
    why is this flagged
    fori222 (1 day ago)
    probably for the models
    scottytissue789 (1 day ago)
    f%#k youtube for flagging
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    flgged?
    coreymon78 (1 day ago)
    why was this flagged? this is true! we do it too and its wrong both ways. Why the hell was this flagged? Remove the flag!
    setherz (12 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    kizwit (21 hours ago)
    Youtube flaged this video to prevent its number of views thats why because it revealed the truth about them
    hoverbike (21 hours ago)
    the irony… xD
    imTKA (1 day ago)
    I agree with you on the hulu, and this
    But im sorry
    The sxephil reference is really wrong
    I cant describe everything with one comment, i have a lot to say-imTKA
    rentrofmij (1 day ago)
    agree with you
    MasterChief702 (1 day ago)
    Flagged? How? Why?
    halowatch117 (1 day ago)
    try to change the name cus if you didn’t know what it was some 1 might think that it is x rated.
    DOWN WITH HULUTUBE! I support old youtube.
    jude360n (1 day ago)
    have you seen the related vids on the side.
    just proves even further this guy is right.
    therhythmicmenace (2 days ago)
    why do we need softporn on youtube when the ful mccoy is all over the rest of the net!!
    its a distraction
    ghudner (2 days ago)
    FLAGGED??? haha! Just goes to show how rediculous their content teams are…

    ——————————————————————————-

    (This was my final email to youtube)

    REMOVE ME FROM THE PARTNER PROGRAM ASAP!!!‏ (Email Title)

    Hello,

    I have sent 3 emails to you about my account since I was made a partner with no one replying to me about my concerns with my channel or my videos. I went in detail about the 2 flagged videos that the 99% of the community felt were unjustly flagged among other things. I thought that being a partner would possibly improve relations with your company and that maybe you would actually show some consideration for my requests. I was wrong. I initially did not accept the partner program and complete the process to be in the system, but I finally decided after over a week to put some of the issues with your company and how it handled its business into the past and give it a shot. Only to find out that there was virtually no improvement in working with youtube even with being included into the partner program.

    So effective immediately, remove me from the youtube partner program. I will not participate in revenue sharing with your company and allow advertisements to be placed on my videos. I will just promote the charities on my own and hope people will support them on their own.

    I tried over and over again for over 2 years now to deal with your company in a fair and reasonable manner, only to have my emails repeatedly ignored and my requests or concerns brushed aside. My channel on youtube has always been in good standing and I have tried to help this site in any way that I could. My revenue sharing video, my youtube changes video and the sex tube video were all constructive and resulted in a positive outcome on more than one occasion. After my changes video along with many others you listened to the community and revamped the site to be much more user friendly. Also within months of the sex tube video you got rid of many of those sleazy videos that were cluttering the front pages of the day. Ironically you allowed that video to be flagged even though you agreed with it enough to make some of the changes listed in that video.

    My later videos over the past month or so were a little more pointed because I really felt that it was going to hurt the smaller channels on here way to much and I needed to speak up for them. If only you ever listened and showed some respect to your very own users this could, and should have been avoided. We don’t ask for much. All most of us ask for is the opportunity to have our channels succeed, or fail, depending on the quality of our videos. Instead of letting this happen, you have tried to consistently tell us what is popular instead of the community itself deciding that automatically. You have chosen the business model based on the rich get richer as opposed to trying to find ways to grow the new and up and coming channels. You in essence have created a barrier to entry system that only serves to hinder the newer channels and grow the already successful channels by actively promoting them ad nauseam.

    The simple fact that you have virtually removed the ratings from the top videos of the day sections like most viewed and most discussed so that people cant see the quality of the videos on the list just goes to show that quality is not the main concern at youtube. The ratings system is the best way for users to let other users know what is good and what is garbage or misleading. Yet you have buried that category at the very bottom of the pull down menu as if it had no value to your users in any way. This just goes to show that quality is not a chief concern here and your double standards here between the chosen channels and the ones you deem expendable is clearly apparent to everyone in the community.

    Is it really that hard to return emails to your own customers, or even your new “partners”?

    So again, please remove my partner status immediately!

    The Real Weekly News

    ——————————————————————————-

    (This was my entire communication history with youtube after I became a partner with the site)

    So what does this tell you?

    This proves to all of you what I have known all along. Even when it came to making money on my videos that have been seen millions of times, they found it easier to remove me from the partner program than to simply return my emails or address my concerns. In a nutshell, this is why youtube loses money. They are, quite honestly, some of the worst business managers I have ever seen.

    I often hear some pathetic youtube sympathizers going on and on about how youtube needs to make money they need to change this or that. What they are so clueless on is how poorly they work with individuals as well as businesses. They have to have one of the worst records of conducting business that I have ever seen. There is a reason they are loosing so much money. They are flat out incompetent. All I am waiting for is them to ask Obama for a bailout and they would most likely get it the way he gives away money to big business.

    I have heard people say that “if it were not for youtube, you would not know who I am. So I want to thank youtube for allowing me to post my videos and for free.” I would say that following. “Whatever success I have had online making videos, I would like to thank all the people in my life for making me who I am today. I would like to thank all of you that supported my channel and my videos. Whatever success I have had on youtube is not because of youtube, it was in spite of youtube.

    Thanking youtube for success would be like the New York Giants to thank the television network for them winning the super bowl against the New England Patriots. You would never hear an athlete thank the network for their success. The network had nothing to do with it. They simply broadcast the performance. People need to wake up and not be thankful to people that had nothing to do with your success. There are some exceptions to this rule. Some channels owe everything to youtube for being popular. They are always getting promoted. So in some cases, they NEED to be VERY thankful because without youtubes promotion and protection they would be no where near their views and subscribers.

    I hope you found this post helpful and see why I demanded they remove me from the partner program. I simply cant work with a company that shows absolute disdain for their own customers. This was one of the biggest reasons why I have not made more videos. The fact that they created a site called “YOU tube” with the words “broadcast YOURSELF” only to hinder so many potentially successful channels makes it very difficult to want to make more original content for the youtube web site.

     
    • ZilverGalacticon 4:47 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This explains why I haven’t seen any new vid from you in such a LONG time.

      I agree with you, things have gotten shittier, I know some alternative ways to search for vids on youtube, but then again, I will only be able to navigate by interest. In other words, there are some good videos I will miss, just because they are not in the same interest category.

      It is saddening indeed.
      However…. I don’t know how you will get this but… It is youtube, just like google. What i mean is, they are like a hotel, and they make the rules in their hotel. Whether they allow prostitutes, gamble games, or even the selling of hard drinks such as whiskey, its their hotel.

      I know you said that it is not the issue, but rather the fact that they lie and use double standards.
      But if you look deep into the policy’s and shit, you will find that they own the vids they host. So this makes it worst than a hotel… more like a prison and slavery shit.

      But if we go back to the example with the hotels. In real deal situations, that is with no patent, copyright, corruption or any shit like that.
      I mean REAL DEAL, fair business.

      Then the hotel would be scared by an other hotel down the block, get me?
      If there where to be an other hotel, this would force them, to get their game right.
      Then there would be fair buisness compotetion, like in who got the best personel, whos hotel is bigger, or perhaps more nice, maybe a small motel with “ass kickin” quality 🙂

      And you guessed it right! by hotel, I mean Video hosting sites, by personal I mean people who actually care about the messages/e-mails they get from their customers (i.e support and stuff) and by size of hotel the amount of pepole that could be there. And one could even add rooms, representing max size of videos. etc etc, you get the ide dont you 🙂
      The quality thing is important enough to be mentioned separately. I think it is real hard to try to start a new youtube, let alone one of youtubes current size.
      However, quality is their weakness right now.

      Enough for now, more about this if your interested only. No point with bringing that up while there are nor money nor material and know-how to start a new one.

      I have a questions for you, where do you go from here? Is this the end of TheRealWeeklyNews???

      I myself don’t know right now, neither do I need to. I know for a fact that I lack overall picture of my ideas. And then it would be foolish, that before having the documents, i rush rush/run for a printer, let alone a publisher.(you dig?)

      But you on the other hand, MAN! you are my second favorite reporter, and the one who are above you on this list is Dan Rather himself XD

      What I mean is that you surely got talent when it comes to this. talents that are indeed worthy a search for an other host, an other hotel.

      My 2and question for you is… What about other hotels?

      • therealweeklynews 4:30 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I am currently looking at other possibilities. Youtube is just not what it used to be. It was one of the best sites ever made for about 3 years and then it just got destroyed by the very owners that bought it. I shake my head every time I think about what has happened in the last 2 years. It really was an incredible site for a while. I guess I am glad I at least came to the site when I did. If I started making videos now I would have most likely quit making them because why take the time to make videos when no one is watching them. To build a channel today without cheating in one way or another is almost impossible.

    • marshaljulsdoc67 7:16 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well thats sadly what happens when you try to do whats right and not what to do to make money. I am a big fan of yours and well you have been pretty well on the mark with the hulu tube video. Popular is still on there the shows is a little less overpowering than what was to expected but I do believe that video had somethin to do with that. Another great blog telling people why he doesnt choose to be a partner. He believes in whats right more so than making money or making tainted money. Again great and quite informative blog.

  • therealweeklynews 10:26 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    YouTube View Counts Frozen (Posted on YouTubes OWN blog) 


    You Tube views frozen

    YouTube View Counts Frozen (Posted on YouTubes OWN blog)

    *Originally posted on my old blog on 22 March 2009*

    Youtube has been self destructing or at least destroying channels that produce content for their website for the last year or so. They froze a ton of videos and sometimes for almost a week. If you had not even noticed that top rated is their least promoted part of youtube now. It used to be positioned very prominently on the site now it is way at the bottom of the pull down mouse over menu. Also they dont even have the ratings on the videos on the most viewed, most discussed etc… It is not about quality now it is all about who can somehow get the most views. Once the top rated gets dropped from the menu, it is all over for the new starter channels.

    I know that my videos used to get 10,000 to 50,000 views with no problem at all. Now they are sitting at about 6,000 to 10,000. I don’t know if it is how people get their subscriptions now or what, but when I had only 2,000 subscribers my videos could go viral and maybe even hit 200,000 to 500,000 views if people really supported them. Now with 5 to 6 times the subscribers and support, they are at a fraction of the views they had before.

    I know that Youtube said it would be demoting video views and I have seen it happen on 2 videos and I saved the info on those to show everyone later in a video. This is getting out of control and unless some of the larger Youtube channels speak up nothing will ever change. All the larger youtube channels think that they would never be suspended, but they have another thing coming if they think that. Youtube has pissed off everyone from Viacom to Warner Music Group and even the Entire UK. Here is the link:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7933565.stm

    They dont seem to care who they piss off and it shows. So if someone who thinks that they are a youtube star and they wont get suspended, demoted or deleted, they have another thing coming.

    Below is their revised statement regarding their handling of this situation:

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    An Update On Our View Counts

    Video view counts reflect the YouTube community’s interests and the grassroots popularity of videos. We periodically make changes that allow us to display consistent view counts and accurately reflect a “real” view based on video consumption, video streaming and spam filtering. Unfortunately, a few people still try to artificially manipulate their video’s view counts. Some people game third-party view counts as well. That can make things unfair for everyone.

    Recently, we found spamming issues associated with the view counts on a small number of videos. The inflated view count number on these videos will be frozen until actual views catch up to the published, artificial, view count. Also, a few people have commented that their view counts are updating more slowly. Occasionally the speed with which views update changes — sometimes it’s faster and sometimes it’s slower. But we are always working to make sure that the final view count numbers are an accurate reflection of the community’s interest.

    Michelle Schlachta
    Community Manager
    The YouTube Team

     
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