Why People Get Their News From YouTube

At least it’s not Facebook

Don’t get me wrong — YouTube has its own radicalizing rabbit holes and I’d surely not use it if it weren’t for Video AdBlocker extensions — it’s just that even with these shortfalls, YT is one of the few platforms that gives users some control over the content they actually want to follow.

Liberal Media’s Failure to Represent Progressive Viewers

In many ways, the failure of Facebook’s pay-to-play model mirrors that of commercial news media — and I suspect a lot of people avoid it for the same reasons.

FAIR reported that “in the time period of July 3, 2017, to July 3, 2018, MSNBC dedicated zero segments to the US’s war in Yemen, but 455 segments to Stormy Daniels.”

Is an Ad-Free News Experience Possible?

When it comes to news analysis and commentary, there are few outlets that can beat YouTube in terms of uninterrupted long form discussions. Still, YouTube’s mysterious algorithm, ad-based model with intrusive “pre roll” ads, and disturbing Kid’s YouTube corner make the platform just as dangerous and manipulative as those mentioned throughout this article.

Writer & media maker. Founder of progressivespeaker.com. Essays on tech, media, politics, and propaganda. Bulgarian American. Follow my work at themeltage.com.

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