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You Tube Establishes A Respectful Environment For Creators; What a Class Act!

Published December 27, 2021 by Maryanne


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:

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. ( 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.


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 ( 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:

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

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Published March 15, 2014 by Maryanne

Me at an old computer

“On March 12, 1989, the visual layer of the internet was quietly revealed” states a very informative article by Chris Gayomali:

I remember the very first time I heard about the internet. It was in the early 1990s and a friend who worked in the corporate world was complaining that a guy she liked wasn’t answering her “emails.”

I have to admit, I was intimidated by the concept. Writing a letter over a computer seemed just too weird to me. I still rejoiced in getting snail mail stuff on a regular basis.

Then by mid-1990s I was working at a newspaper in NYC and had access to internet — but I never used it. A friend who lived in Tennessee that I regularly communicated with via telephone and snail mail said that if I emailed him, we could talk “every day.”

I was so afraid people would read our emails. The concept was still foreign to me. Until I dated a computer nerd (does anyone use that term anymore? I guess we are all computer nerds these day!) I was fascinated by all the things he could look up on his lap top.

Then after house sitting for a month in NYC and having access to the email and computer, I was hooked. I wanted my own computer!

Early ways of communicating on the internet with others included posting info on message boards. One of my favorite internet times was communicating with fellow poets on a Richard Hell website.

Then came Live Journal in 2002. An online journal where you can share your life with fellow writers. I have so many friends I’ve met on Live Journal that I am still in touch with today!

I totally missed My Space, because I was so involved with Live Journal.

When I started my own business in 2008, Craig’s List was the online tool that helped me gain a number of clients.

Then I heard of the mother of all websites — Face Book.

I was one of the late bloomers when it came to Face Book — up to 2009 I was still a Live Journal chick. But once I gave it a shot, I was thrilled because I reconnected with many friends at first. Then later started using it as a business tool. Ninety percent of my book sales are due to Face Book.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the World Wide Web, I highly doubt I’d ever publish a book or have my own business. It’s just a wonderful tool that puts life full speed ahead — allowing the average person to get things done in the quickest way possible.

Other wonderful things about the internet include: online shopping, research, various sites to listen to music, You Tube and so much more.

While the internet can be detrimental — a big time eater, preventing people from enjoying outdoors, a contributor to lack of communication, and pure laziness — when used properly, it’s a most wonderful thing and probably one of the best inventions I’ve seen in my 50 years!