NOW I LOVE YOU TUBE EVEN MORE!
I am a huge fan of You Tube, and it’s where I spend ninety percent of my internet time. I’ll have a cup of coffee and breakfast watching commentary. I use You Tube videos for my evening meditations. I use You Tube for my workout routines. And whenever I discover a new musical artist I love, I go on a You Tube binge for hours watching all their videos.
And I have my own You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA/videos
A week ago I casually mentioned to someone that I have an anti-bullying You Tube Channel.
“Oh, you’re trying to be a You Tube star?” he asked.
“No, I’m not. I just create videos I believe could make the world a better place. I don’t push them. Whoever is meant to find them, finds them.”
I don’t update on a schedule, just when I’m inspired. And when I have the time.
Since I began my fairly obscure channel, three years ago, believe it or not, I never got a thumbs down–except for three months ago, which I’ll get into. I’m guessing my zero “dislike” number on You Tube is because I’m not on anyone’s radar there who dislikes me–because trust me, I have plenty of haters on Facebook and Amazon who go to great lengths to show their “disapproval” for me. For example, they will go to my Facebook page and put the “ha-ha” icon to make fun of my photos, then they block me so I can’t report them. This is the level of immaturity I deal with; and I’m sure thousands of others do too. I’ve also had women who dislike me giving my books bad reviews on Amazon. (Uh, common sense, if you don’t like me, don’t read my books. Why torture yourself? Just get a life, little dude-tte!)
So, three months ago, I got my first “thumbs down”. It was for a video I created about the closing of a favorite record store. By putting in the hashtag “VintageVinyl” I attracted more viewers than usual. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwVcYMW8Wl4&t=1s). Since there wasn’t a negative comment, I can only guess what the thumb’s down meant. Was it because they don’t like the way Vintage Vinyl closed suddenly and left all their customers and employees dumbfounded? Was it the low-grade video, which my husband records on my little Canon camera? (I actually love the grainy, effect and background noise; it reminds me of the way stuff was filmed on an 1980s show called “Night Flight” which aired from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on weekends – the perfect thing to watch when you came home buzzed after seeing live acts. This was back in the day when the support act came on at midnight, and the main act hit the stage around 1 or 2 a.m.)
Nevertheless, I never saw a thumb’s down as anything horrifying. It just meant more people were watching. Unlike Facebook, where they have horrible emoji’s like the dreaded “ha-ha” that people overuse, basically to say, “I’m laughing at your content, you’re a fucking idiot.” Or the “angry” icon. Someone used that one on me when I spoke about going to concerts during the pandemic and being in a social distanced circle. Guess they were jealous their town didn’t offer something so cool. Or they were afraid to go out altogether. Nevertheless, you always get that jerk who likes to rain on the parades of others — and wants them to know they are MAD with that angry emoji. Boy, oh boy, isn’t modern technology great for self-expression? You don’t even have to think anymore.
YOU TUBE MADE THE WORLD KINDER FOR CHRISTMAS
Anyway, over the weekend I created a new You Tube video, the first in over a month. Once I put it up, I was looking through some of my old videos and saw that there was no longer a thumbs down for my Vintage Vinyl video. Wow, did some nice person decide to give me a thumbs up instead? Was he or she in the Christmas spirit? I wondered…
Then earlier today I was watching a video by a very famous group and saw that they had no thumbs down. When you’re at that level of success, you always have a couple thousand thumbs down. What happened? Was You Tube hacked? Or did they take down ALL the “thumbs down” to wish every artist/musician and creator a Merry Christmas?
That’s not what happened, but I was close. My “dislike” wasn’t turned into a “like” — it was made private by You Tube. According to their blog (https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/update-to-youtube/) they’ve decided to do this to create a respectful environment for creators.
Their decision is a beautiful one. I was so thrilled, I posted about it on Facebook today (and blatantly said they should follow suit and get rid of their nasty emojis).
A friend–who chooses to remain anonymous–and I had the following conversation:
HIM: Isn’t that a great development? Too much negativity (especially malicious and not constructive critiques).
ME: Exactly – 100 percent! And now that I think of it, Amazon should do this too!
HIM: All sites should honestly. Reviews are entirely subjective and can be done simply to try and hurt someone or their business. There is no way to determine if the reviewer can be trusted or if what they share is verifiable.
ME: When I wrote entertainment reviews for New York’s Westsider and The Montclair Times, I never put down new comers. I’d only give bad reviews to established artists/acts. I’d never want to hurt someone who was either just starting out, or an indie artist.
So, thank you again You Tube, for being a pioneer in a brighter online future!
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: email@example.com.
She is the author of the following books:
“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary
“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You
Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: Love Cats