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I began blogging in 2008. This was the Golden Age of the blogosphere, though by that time, in retrospect, its peak was already behind it.

One example: Below is a fair representation of right-alternative (“Dark Enlightenment”) bloggers in the early 2010s:

Fast forward a decade and the scene has changed. Sure, many of the old stalwarts are still around, but those ones that haven’t died of social media AIDS have instead succumbed to mediocrity amidst the avalanche of YouTube bloggers.

The center of gravity of the right-alternative media sphere is now much closer to the following diagram from the report Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube by Rebecca Lewis (Data & Society):

It’s rather depressing, but creating a video on some topic will generally give you ten times the views as writing out a more labor intensive and K-selected blog post.

The Alt Right child prodigy “soph” – recently profiled by Mr. Bernstein – is currently just shy of a million subscribers on YouTube. She has had 17 million views since she started her (rather irregular) vlogging career in August 2015. That’s approximately what the Unz Review currently generates in half a year, and we have far, far more visitors now than we did even just a couple of years ago.

The typical video by the psychometrist Edward Dutton – probably the most high profile HBD vlogger – gets around 10,000-20,000 views. I am reasonably sure that this is well above what the typical article by James Thompson here gets. My most popular “HBD” article ever – The Idiocy of the Average – got something like 40,000 views IIRC. The Golden One, a Swedish alt right pagan bodybuilder whose videos I recently binge watched, has 100,000 subscribers, and most of his videos – rather low effort productions with minimal editing or graphics – get at least 20,000 views. The most high profile vloggers make enough money to make a comfortable living (Sargon of Akkad was getting $15,000 from YouTube ads before they demonetized his account).

This is not specific to what we might loosely term of the Alt Right network. For instance, take alternative Russia coverage, the other part of the blogosphere that I am intimately familiar with. The small, grassroots bloggers that were a dime a dozen in the mid to late 2000s (any of the old geezers here remember Fedia Kriukov?) have almost all gone. Most of them were poached by larger websites, such as Russia Insider, The Duran, and most recently, Strategic Culture Foundation; in the cases of the former two, most of their actual views now come from their YouTube operations.

What is even more startling is that these trends transcend borders. As with the Alt Right in the Anglosphere, a lot of the most interesting Russian nationalist personalities have migrated to YouTube in the past 1-2 years. For instance, the magazine Sputnik & Pogrom has shut down late last year, and its founder Egor Prosvirnin now does his political commentary and interviews mixed in with live video game streaming almost exclusively on its YouTube channel (I appear there once every few months). This is one of many budding projects of a nationalist or HBD-realistic on Russophone YouTube, most of them entirely unknown in the West. For instance, another content creator under the pseudonym of Kirill Nesterov essentially rewrote the Russian nationalist vocabulary during 2017-2018.

So essentially, things went like this. The blogosphere killed off the legacy media. Not entirely, but plummeting revenues forced the MSM to lay off editors and foreign correspondents, and refocus their coverage on topical issues and sensationalist content. Then the blogosphere got ravaged by social media, with first podcasters and now YouTube vloggers planting a dagger in its weakened heart. People interesting in HBD or witty political observations gravitated to Steve Sailer’s blog in the 2000s. Now, they go to people like Molyneux or Tara McCarthy.

***

Where has that old blogosphere gone?

(1) Many of the small, old school bloggers just stopped blogging. It was the digital venereal disease that is social media that killed them off more than anything else from around 2010. To have a vigorous blogosphere, you need a tightly connected network of independent bloggers bouncing ideas and arguments off each other, but when 75% of them have migrated to Twitter, there’s no longer sufficient scope in the community to generate the vigorous and counter-argument on which the old blogosphere thrived.

(2) Some bloggers were snapped up by larger websites. As a rule, the ones with stable backing from moneyed patrons were the main ones that survived and thrived (e.g. this very venue).

(3) Some parts of the blogging HBDsphere have gone into or were recruited into actual science. This is perhaps the single biggest positive development.

(4) Rising SJWism has also forced many of these discussions into closed boards, mailing lists, and Slack chats (this describes NRx and the HBDsphere).

(5) Just like the old blogosphere, the vlogosphere has debates. From what I gather, much of the old culture of back and forth that predominated in the blogosphere now finds a place in the vlogosphere (e.g. see the humorous exchanges between trans leftist Contrapoints and the The Golden One, the Swedish alter ego of Bronze Age Pervert). Vloggers make response videos to each other other. There are beefs and feuds. More visible figures promote ideological allies with less visibility.

The main problem with video is of course that it is inherently much less K-selected than blogging. It takes more effort to write and process text, but its information density is also much higher as well as the complexity of the arguments you can make. To a significant extent I agree with commenters like German_reader, as well as Ron Unz himself, that the shift towards video might be one of the indicators of looming idiocracy. But what can one do. Video now clearly dominates so far as raw viewership numbers are concerned – and by a huge margin.

***

I wrote most of this a week ago, before the massive YouTube purge.

Back then, I noted that YouTube was unusually more pro freedom of speech than most other social media, including Twitter and Facebook; or indeed blogspot, Google’s own blogging platform. Though I did add the following caveat: “I don’t expect this to last forever, and demonetization seems inevitable when dissident vloggers become high profile enough to enter the five figure monthly earnings range, attract intense media attention, or go into national politics.”

Well, “not last forever” = a few days.

Moreover, it is especially ironic that I quoted the Data & Society report, as YouTube’s actions seemed to have stemmed at least in part from its recommendations:

The website similarly seeks policies that offer it protection for hosting user-generated content while simultaneously facing minimal liability for what those users say. This report has shown how these attempts at objectivity are being exploited by users who fundamentally reject objectivity as a valid stance. As a result, platforms like YouTube have an imperative to govern content and behavior for explicit values, such as the rejection of content that promotes white supremacy, regardless of whether it includes slurs.

While much more research is needed to investigate the effectiveness of specific responses, Paul Joseph Watson’s tweet suggests one concrete step YouTube can take in response. The platform currently provides Silver, Gold, and Diamond awards for content creators who have reached 100,000, 1 million, or 10 million subscribers, respectively. At this point, the platform reviews channels to make sure they do not have copyright strikes and do not violate YouTube’s community guidelines. At these junctures, the platform should not only assess what channels say in their content, but also who they host and what their guests say. In a media environment consisting of networked influencers, YouTube must respond with policies that account for influence and amplification, as well as social networks.

In the original draft, I counseled people aspiring pundits in the alternative media sphere to go into video commentary instead of blogging.

However, I can’t really recommend that anymore.

Not video, anyway. I don’t know what the next hot thing will be. Interpretative dance? That joke doesn’t sound so jokey anymore. Perhaps that really will be one of the only platforms open for dissident thought once the entire Internet is shuttered and all political content is produced by Picus News subsidiaries.

To be honest, at this point, I can’t conscientiously recommend going into any sort of “media” activity:

  • Serious MSM journalism is either miserably remunerated, controlled by a small and elite caste, and more often both (e.g. most Western journalists in Moscow are trust fund kids).
  • The old school journalists are struggling and committing suicide.
  • People do read listicles and woke pop culture takes, but that also pays just a pittance, and it will probably be automated sooner or later anyway. At which point you’ll have to learn to code.
  • Alternative blogging on interesting and controversial themes has a small audience, and will invite increasing social ostracism if you’re not anonymous (or become doxed).
  • You do have much potentially bigger and much more profitable audiences for YouTube, but as of now this is systematically getting shut down.

Really, it seems that focusing on business and getting rich is much more promising. You can then fund the content you want, and/or create political networks with like-minded oligarchs (e.g. the John Birch Society). It probably won’t achieve anything either. But you’d have a pretty fun time.

 
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  1. Please keep off topic posts to the current Open Thread.

    If you are new to my work, start here.

  2. The mystery to me is how people have the time or inclination to watch so many talking heads on video

    Video is great for music, entertainment, humour, film clips, or news / opinion where video is an integral component of the points being made

    But it’s so much quicker to browse a text and review illustrations – enabling much more info acquisition by reading – I just don’t get the ‘vlogging’ audience numbers

    One person who I think ‘does it right’ is that eccentric USA Jewish convert to Orthodox Christianity, ‘Brother’ Nathanael Kapner … he does videos but always posts a ‘text – text -text’ transcript for the rest of us

    One historical analogy to consider, is that a century ago a very similar Poz also took hold in advanced society, in Weimar Germany, where the world’s first ‘trans-gender’ clinic opened there in 1919. – In 1933 that clinic was burned to the ground by the Hitler Youth. The pendulum may swing yet again.

    It is indeed crazy time, absolue insanity. According to ZeroHedge’s Toulour, Facebook has just banned the Natural News alternative medicine etc site with 2.5 million followers, and has banned the word ‘honk’ because of the alt-right popularity of this guy:

  3. Dmitry says:

    The most popular amateur political content on the internet are YouTube channels like Joe Rogan and Yury Dud.

    So, it is true YouTube is the most popular overall for amateur political discussions, and that the intellectual level of these channels is not high (or not including any maths and theory).

    But influential and popular written blogs? Livejournal is still extremely popular and influential, as a written blog, if most of its traffic just from Varlamov who posts mainly pictures (his blog is more popular than YouTube for him).

    blogosphere killed off the legacy media. Not entirely, but plummeting

    Legacy media dominates the political internet in terms of traffic.

    Websites of New York Times and CNN, are vastly popular in America (top 30 traffic websites). RIA and Gazeta, etc, in Russia. BBC, Guardian and Daily Mail website in UK. El Pais website in Spain.

    If we consider Reddit is higher than all these in America, but it’s mostly just conglomerating links to other parts of the internet.

    The main problem with video is of course that it is inherently much less K-selected than blogging.

    YouTube has always had many, many videos which have interesting content.

    It’s just when you look at clever or nerd parts of YouTube, it never has much viewcount. Any slightly intelligent videos usually falls down to 200-300 views.

  4. AaronB says:

    Focusing on getting rich comes first, then you get political and social power.

    Jews have always understood this.

    The alt right needs to create a wealth accumulation wing.

    Lol.

  5. Mitleser says:
    @Brabantian

    One person who I think ‘does it right’ is that eccentric USA Jewish convert to Orthodox Christianity, ‘Brother’ Nathanael Kapner … he does videos but always posts a ‘text – text -text’ transcript for the rest of us

    The German expat Uwe Niemeier in Kaliningrad does it too.

    http://kaliningrad-domizil.ru/portal/information/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFJ6j9Hnc4XDP8vECTeMN_w

    He is also a good example of someone who started out with an independent site and then partially moved to YT.

  6. @Brabantian

    One historical analogy to consider, is that a century ago a very similar Poz also took hold in advanced society, in Weimar Germany, where the world’s first ‘trans-gender’ clinic opened there in 1919. – In 1933 that clinic was burned to the ground by the Hitler Youth.

    The clinic was part of the Institut fuer Sexualwissenschaft. It was exceptionally Pozzed, as you say.

    I could not find any pictures of the fire, but, interestingly, I did find this picture of two German boys going over various “works” published by those degenerates, prior to burning them

  7. Ceding the media landscape is always a non-starter. Censorship increased precisely because it was getting more and more popular. I don’t have a magic bullet solution here – and I don’t trust anyone who claim that they do either. But I do have some ideas, by looking at what worked in the past.

    Ultimately, I don’t think you can treat the media differently from society. I look back to Sweden’s folkbilningsrörelse for inspiration. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, society was basically run for the benefit of oligarchs and kleptrocrats. Workers had virtually no rights and were in many ways treated worse than during the middle ages, where many peasant swedes had remarkable amounts of freedom and leisure time.

    Trying to negotiate and plead completely failed. Power does not relent peacefully. Swedish people, en masse, created a bunch of organic socities. The first unions were created like this. The co-operate grocer stores (which were co-owned by the shoppers themselves) were created like this. ABF – arbetarnas bildningsförbund – was created like this in order to educate the workers about their rights, and also to increase literacy. This was before universal education. This went on in sphere after sphere. Collective bargaining power is a mighty thing indeed once it fully blooms.

    What happened in Sweden was essentially a state within a state, that massively increased its bargaining power vis-a-vis powerful corporations and forced its hand. YouTube is acting on pressure from Jewish lobbies but also USG pressure. There is no free market. If the “free market” esisted then YouTube would not purge these people, because it is manifestly popular and it brings in money. They are purged because of ideological pressure, giving to lie to the myth of the “free market”.

    A problem for many people on the Alt Right is that they are basically racist libertarians. Many people came from libertarian and/or conservative backgrounds and still carry that baggage, so they idealise markets. But markets are not your friends and left untouched, a natural tendecy to oligarchy and/or monopoly will happen. In Sweden, nationalists are already starting to work on similar projects. Dan Eriksson has plans to create a large number of houses for Swedish nationalists, where we can have conferences and/or just hang out. The first house has already been opened. People talk about taking this approach to many other areas of life and I think this is needed.

    At the risk of sounding stereotypical, we really do need to Think Big™. Censorship will only increase in the future and hiding in the shadows trying to get money is not a viable solution, it’s a rationalisation for cowards. Only mass organising is a viable long-term path, and it needs to happen now. Depending on a small number of donors is a critical mistake. A decentralised system is far harder to beat, as various Swedish oligarchs discovered over a century ago.

  8. @Brabantian

    The mystery to me is how people have the time or inclination to watch so many talking heads on video

    I download all the videos I am interested in and just convert them to audio-only formats like .m4a. I only listen to them when walking, commuting, at the gym etc. Most of the content is just debating, so actually seeing video is completely unnecessary.

    Secondly, even if the amount of vloggers have increased, everyone have their personal taste. I like some podcasts a lot more even if their quality is about equal to others simply because I like their personalities more. There is a lot of repetition across the WN/AR vloggersphere, so you only need to pick out a few you like and that will cover your bases. I don’t think people watch/listen to as much as you think they do.

    Lastly, a lot of podcasts are focused on particular regions. I won’t get Sweden-specific stuff from a US podcast. Just as a Russian guy wouldn’t get his Russian politics podcast from a Swedish stuff. And you always want to mix the local with the international to get a good mix. It’s not good to be too isolated, just as it is bad too be too unmoored from your roots and surrounding.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  9. Bonner Tal says: • Website

    To be honest, at this point, I can’t conscientiously recommend going into any sort of “media” activity

    Awesome. Just when I started blogging.

    I don’t get the popularity of videos. I can’t really watch Ed Dutton or any other youtube personality. They are just endlessly wordy. The information density is so low, I occasionally just skim through the transcript.

    The question is whether viewership is really the essential thing. A quality audience also counts for something.

    • Replies: @Anonymoose
    , @Hail
  10. E says:

    I mentioned this in my last comment on the topic:
    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/youtube-is-basically-killing-everyone/#comment-3256799

    But basically, I think that a big part of the solution is technological. Why has the Pirate Bay been able to stay online despite massive attempts to shut it down? Because 1) many jurisdictions are available to move the website to, 2) making a full backup of the website and moving between these jurisdictions is easy and fast

    Neither (1) nor especially (2) is currently true for accounts on social networks such as Youtube, Twitter, Facebook or Patreon. If your account is censored or deleted for whatever reason (for example, the Terms of Service change), it can be extremely time-consuming to move your operations anywhere else, and the more content is in your account, the longer it takes (and you also lose all comments & subscribers).

    This is like feudalism. A few landlords, many peasants. And no Yuri’s Day, either.

    So anyway,
    The solution for (1) already kind of exists – federated social media such as Peertube, MediaGoblin, Diaspora. PeerTube is like many different Youtubes, with “instances” that can be hosted by anyone, all of which can communicate with each other (well, unless they block other instances) and share data. Go to any PeerTube instance, and you’ll see a familiar interface. Moreover, the hosting costs are low because the videos stay up with BitTorrent.
    The problem is that without (2), anyone signing up to one of these is no better off than with Youtube – in fact, things can be much more draconian, because any instance can be hosted by just a random guy with no reputation to worry about if he decides to go nuts and ban everyone.

    Unfortunately, account migration is not currently possible in any of these projects.

    Not in PeerTube:
    https://github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube/issues/549

    Not even in Diaspora, where it had been advertised as a huge feature since 2011, yet absolutely no progress has been made:
    https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/issues/908

    So watch this space. The day that easy account migration becomes possible on one of these federated social media sites is the day that control over discourse begins to decentralize once again.

    (I suppose the other option is that hosting an instance is made to be so easy that absolutely anyone can do it)

    Until then, everything will keep getting worse.

  11. E says:

    I’d also like to add, that https://transferring-videos.com might work as a stopgap solution to (2) for some. It’s limited to only the few big Western social media sites, but at least it means that some of your content will remain up unless there’s a coordinated attack against you across all those sites. (which is, really, the direction things are going in. Federated social media with easy account migration would be preferable, but it doesn’t exist yet)

    Well, unless that site is just a honeypot scheme to steal people’s social media account info and passwords.

  12. iffen says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Only mass organising is a viable long-term path, and it needs to happen now.

    I don’t understand why we cannot have an “open conspiracy” that encompasses the Western world.

  13. @Brabantian

    The mystery to me is how people have the time or inclination to watch so many talking heads on video

    Maybe they don’t.

    Google has a direct monetary incentive to inflate viewership numbers, and nobody has ever audited Google.

  14. @Brabantian

    I also usually convert podcasts videos from Youtube to mp3 format. Or I just download the video into an mp4 format.

  15. @Bonner Tal

    Edward dutton doesn’t get too many views. His videos usually range in the low thousands.

  16. I will never, never, NEVER be a video peasant. Videos are for subhuman swine. Youtube delenda est.

    • Replies: @E
  17. E says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    Some videos are high signal to noise. It’s not inherently a bad format, any more than some vapid celebrity podcast is akin to Bach just because they’re both “sound”.

    The problem with YouTube is that a few years back, for reasons best known to them, they decided to prioritize “length of time viewers spend watching a video” rather than “how much viewers like a video”. The result was to make YouTube more similar to television. You’d think the boomers who run YouTube really missed the old idiot box. The new system rewards those who stretch things out as long as possible, and punishes those who like to make videos that are “short and packed”.

    This algorithm change put some animators out of business (animation requires a lot of labour per unit of footage, which previously had been offset by their high popularity). One artist I was following at the time (SexualLobster – yeah, his stuff was rather degenerate, but amusing) had his YouTube income cut in half, tried to keep going with just Patreon for a while, then seemed to give up and went to work for a studio.

    • Agree: atlantis_dweller
    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  18. @E

    Video is a valid format when there is visual content to be presented. Cinema being the classic, but by no means only, example.

    Video as a substitute for text, which is what most vlogging consists of, is for illiterate plebeians. As a means of transmitting non-visual information video has inherently lower bandwidth than text which makes vlog consumption a gigantic waste of time.

    That vlogging far exceeds blogging in popularity is evidence that 90% or more of the human population should be eradicated.

    • Replies: @Anonymoose
    , @Hail
  19. Have you seen any of Robert Sepehr’s youtubes? They do not have much in the way of original thoughtful content, but he puts his pedestrian narration over some really great video clips. His latest one is about modern Christianity in Europe and Middle East and if you just had the text or the audio it would be pretty dull. He has video of Vladimir Putin dunking himself in a frozen over lake as part of some church ritual which might be familiar to you but it was new to me and I thought it was great.

    The Changing Christian Landscape

    Putin dunks himself in icy lake at ~ the 51 second mark.

  20. Republic says:

    Anyone have a idea what it costs to host Unz per month on average?

  21. @Thorfinnsson

    Agree with you, as the article noted vlogging is less K-selected so you have much more stupid people in the audience than smart ones. Even I prefer commenting on blogs rather than on youtube as there tends to be more dense information in a blog. Commenting here is more fun than on youtube IMO.

  22. I couldn’t understand why YouTube allowed thought crime content for so long. I assumed they allowed it so that ZOGist intel agencies could monitor who was drawn to the content and study the progression of radicalization. This also allowed them to steer people toward their assets such as David Duke and Dick Spencer. Now they are shutting it down. Have they gathered enough data now? Why allow it for so long? I remember being puzzled by this way back in 2012.

    It is clear smart phones have killed our attention spans. It’s harder than ever to read books. Things are winding down, the frogs are gay, the libraries are filled with drag queens. Buy and hold Bitcoin brothers, that’s all we have left.

  23. After 19 years running G2mil, I am transitioning to mini-doc vlogging to adjust to our post-literate society. I focus on history, because it’s difficult to explain current events when most minds are cluttered with official history BS. For example, to understand American-Russian relations, one must know why the United States Army invaded Siberia in 1918.

  24. Biff says:

    The main problem with video is of course that it is inherently much less K-selected than blogging. It takes more effort to write and process text, but its information density is also much higher as well as the complexity of the arguments you can make. To a significant extent I agree with commenters like German_reader, as well as Ron Unz himself, that the shift towards video might be one of the indicators of looming idiocracy. But what can one do. Video now clearly dominates so far as raw viewership numbers are concerned – and by a huge margin.

    Nails it.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  25. @Thulean Friend

    A problem for many people on the Alt Right is that they are basically racist libertarians. Many people came from libertarian and/or conservative backgrounds and still carry that baggage, so they idealise markets. But markets are not your friends and left untouched, a natural tendecy to oligarchy and/or monopoly will happen.

    I know. It’s amazing how many alt-righters cling doggedly to this belief in the infallible Market God! In reality, when a market–or a whole economy–is dominated by a handful of mega-powerful actors, collusion makes much more sense than competition. Having once been libertarians, you’d think that more of these alt-righter would be familiar with the words of Adam Smith:

    “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” ―The Wealth of Nations

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  26. Hail says: • Website
    @Bonner Tal

    A quality audience also counts for something

    I am reminded of the old 80-20 rule as applied to politics. It would hold, roughly, that

    – The top 20% have 80% of aggregate influence on politics.
    – The bottom 80% have 20% of aggregate influence on politics.
    – Extending the 80-20 rule, the top 4% would still have 60%+ of aggregate influence.

    So what of the behavior of the 20%? The 4%?

    How are people in those cohorts more likely to use their available ‘political’ time (that devoted to the consumption of, and discussion of, political content)? I find it hard to believe the top tiers are watching political Youtube at anything like the overall numbers have it (driven by the ‘80%’).

  27. Hail says: • Website
    @Thorfinnsson

    Video as a substitute for text, which is what most vlogging consists of, is for illiterate plebeians

    This is harsh but a valid point. I don’t think Anatoly directly made this argument in his post. I would suggest an analogy to those who watch and ‘follow’ pro wrestling (“WWE”). It doesn’t matter what happens in pro wrestling — because important people don’t watch it; it doesn’t matter what happens with most e-celebs because they have an, arguably, similar audience.

    The big exception to this: high-IQ adolescents, i.e. those who are not yet fully-mature adults. They would be expected to watch pro wrestling, and e-celeb videos, but by their late teens and 20s would ‘graduate’ into the adult world and move past both, but many will have been influenced by the pro-wrestling and e-celeb sort of content out there in formative years.

  28. Hail says: • Website

    Consider also the problem of content life-span. Even in the <20 years of the Internet's in-earnest existence in a today-recognizable form, an enormous quantity of information has come and gone, and is either totally lost today, or as good as totally lost for being so hard to access. And I refer there mainly to text content. For various reasons, political content in video form is sure to have a much shorter life-span than text.

    I have noticed a lot more “this video no longer exists,” after a matter of months or a few years, than the equivalent information-loss of text. That is, Youtube videos go down, never to come back up. As huge files, they are easy targets for opponents to take down (a high-profile example was the enormous archive of Alex Jones material). It is hard to re-post them, and gate-keeping is much easier. Text is easier to deal with, and is sure to have a much longer life-span.

    Say 1,000 units of political video and 1,000 units of political text are created per year. Text-content information loss may be <50 units per year; video-content information loss may be 200+ units per year.

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
  29. “…the shift towards video might be one of the indicators of looming idiocracy”

    Cast away thine eyes lest ye become a vidiot.

  30. @Brabantian

    Weimar Germany, where the world’s first ‘trans-gender’ clinic opened there in 1919
    ————————————————————————————————
    I had never heard of that faggott, Magnus Herschfeld before now. Interesting how the “media” doesn’t let anyone know about what was going on in Weimar Germany that led to Hitler’s taking over.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  31. Television intruded on the influence of newspapers and news magazines. Now YouTube is pushing blogs aside. It seems like the same pattern.

    Also, there has always been elite control of most influential media. Hearst comes to mind: “Remember the Maine!”*

    Furthermore, down through history, mass media have always had to be K-selected in order to reach the masses, because the portion of the audience with high comprehension and analytical aptitude has always been small. Until relatively recently, huge numbers of people couldn’t even read; they learned by word of mouth or from priests and public speakers.

    So, today we see the same thing. Spoken-word mediocrity continues in the form of YouTube, and that becomes the channel of ideas for the largest number of people among those who even care about understanding the world.

    Meanwhile, those willing and able to actually read and think can still at least find unz.com and its growing selection of writers like Anatoly Karlin.

    *(“Speaking” of the Spanish-American War and the fake newspaper story that started it, one could reasonably predict that an Iran-American War would begin with a deceptive video on YouTube.)

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Hail
  32. JackOH says:
    @Biff

    Yep, agree.

    There may be some exceptions for very well-crafted videos and audio broadcasts, but I’m not aware of those exceptions.

    A lot of writing is dross–I’ve done plenty myself–but a well-written essay, such as some from Ron’s “American Pravda” offerings or Steve’s writings in Taki’s, demands the writer marshal every ounce of intellect, memory, and judgment to make his case.

  33. @Buzz Mohawk

    mass media have always had to be K-selected in order to reach the masses

    Sorry, I meant r-selected.

  34. Alfred says:

    I suspect that the next “Big Thing” is going to consign Facebook and a lot of others to the dustbin of history. This latest censoring effort is a bit too late IMHO.

    I am discussing here the possibility in HTML5 to have person to person video, audio and text. Almost all browsers have HTML5 support these days.

    At the moment, when a person communicates with another on FB, the message/video goes on to the FB servers before – if FB does not censor it – the recipient gets it.

    With WebRTC, this will no longer be the case. The “information” will go direct to the cloud and the “interlocuteur” will be able to access it at his convenience. To the best of my knowledge, the only people using WebRTC properly are websites where people can ask a lady to undress and do interesting things. I am sure there is a lot more than that going on. 🙂

    Here is some of the blurb by people promoting this way of working:

    WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a free, open-source project that provides web browsers and mobile applications with real-time communication (RTC) via simple application programming interfaces (APIs). It allows audio and video communication to work inside web pages by allowing direct peer-to-peer communication, eliminating the need to install plugins or download native apps.

    In a way, I think the technology has shot ahead of our ability to harness it in a useful way. Personally, I have bought all the necessary software tools for doing this but I have been too busy to try it out.

  35. Agent76 says:

    Jun 2, 2019 GOOGLE. BUSTED.

    Google is finally facing long overdue scrutiny from the DOJ, hopefully the blatant censorship and tortious interference by Google and You Tube against content creators around the world, will be brought to a quick end.

    FEBRUARY 1, 2019 Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

    Imagine this: an enormous tech company is tracking what you do on your phone, even when you’re not using any of its services, down to the specific images that you see.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/google-screenwise-unwise-trade-all-your-privacy-cash

  36. GMC says:

    I guess all my comments fom 2010 on never made the top 1000 – started at Yahoo, when there were maby a half dozen to dozen of us posting about Ukraine and Russia. Lived Ukraine back then. Back then, we had some sincere , intelligent posts about the happenings in the old CCCP. Today it’s all CIA/Mossad/ Ukie trolls that just print out what they are told – No brains , just Obama’s propaganda Law – ” We now have the right to use Propaganda , Against – our Own Citizens “. I’ll stay here – in the East !

  37. Che Guava says:

    Anatoly.
    I only half agree, but others have said all of the same things I said a few days ago.

  38. Agent76 says:

    Jun 12, 2019 The Establishment Main Stream Media Is In Major Trouble

  39. 76239 says:
    @Thulean Friend

    “But markets are not your friends and left untouched, a natural tendency to oligarchy and/or monopoly will happen”

    Markets are people trading with one another voluntarily. Governments are about shuffling papers and waiting in line. Monopolies are created through government. Monopolies do not occur because people voluntarily trade with one another.

  40. Okechukwu says:

    Some parts of the blogging HBDsphere have gone into or were recruited into actual science.

    LOL. Who? Where? When? Recruited by whom?

    To even approach anything resembling actual science former HBD bloggers would have to completely clean up their act and wipe all traces of their engagement with racist pseudoscience. Then they would live in perpetual fear that someone will uncover their past and out them.

    This is perhaps the single biggest positive development

    Doesn’t hurt to dream.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @RadicalCenter
  41. @Okechukwu

    Since we share all but a smidgen of our DNA with our fellow bipeds, primatology must also be “racist pseudoscience”.

    Any difference is the result of “conditioning”. Remember conditioning?

    • Replies: @Okechukwu
  42. Miro23 says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Trying to negotiate and plead completely failed. Power does not relent peacefully. Swedish people, en masse, created a bunch of organic societies. The first unions were created like this. The co-operate grocer stores (which were co-owned by the shoppers themselves) were created like this. ABF – arbetarnas bildningsförbund – was created like this in order to educate the workers about their rights, and also to increase literacy. This was before universal education. This went on in sphere after sphere. Collective bargaining power is a mighty thing indeed once it fully blooms.

    What happened in Sweden was essentially a state within a state, that massively increased its bargaining power vis-a-vis powerful corporations and forced its hand.

    There are a lot of good points here. The way to deal with abusive centralized power is not to negotiate and plead with it. As Thulean Friend says, Power does not relent peacefully.

    A more effective way is to bypass it on a popular scale with organic societies building a state within a state. In the US case it would literally mean rebuilding States within the United States, reclaiming power to new state based organizations. The United States has the good fortune to be large enough to have individual states with sufficient revenue and population. Local organizations involve the public in deciding on arrangements for their own healthcare, policing, education, politics and voting etc. A minimum amount of tax revenue could be sent to Washington which would become an irrelevant place with the FED abolished (each state would control its borrowing) and a figurehead President.

  43. You need to discuss Cliposphere.

    Not a blog, too short to be a vlog.

    But clips like this go viral:

    Thanks, Jews.

  44. Miro23 says:

    It’s rather depressing, but creating a video on some topic will generally give you ten times the views as writing out a more labor intensive and K-selected blog post.

    This doesn’t seem to work on Unz. Featured Video Channel doesn’t attract much interest. Maybe Unz readers are easier and more familiar with text. I have a feeling that if the 1000 book test (Have you read/do you own 1000+ books?) was applied to Unz writers and commenters, positive replies would be way ahead of the general public.

    • Replies: @Anon
  45. Hail says: • Website
    @Buzz Mohawk

    an Iran-American War [c]ould begin with a deceptive video on YouTube

    That is a cute idea. Do we have any precedent for it so far?

    I am reminded of the justification for Potatus’ impulsive intervention against Syria. My memory is foggy on the specifics, but wasn’t it a single deceptively(?)-presented photo that did it? That was a pretty low bar. A bar so low it could have been passed at any time since circa the 1850s with the advent of photography.

  46. notanon says:

    The main problem with video is of course that it is inherently much less K-selected than blogging… (snip)… To a significant extent I agree with commenters like German_reader, as well as Ron Unz himself, that the shift towards video might be one of the indicators of looming idiocracy.

    age.

    kids stopped watching TV and watched youtube instead.

  47. notanon says:

    the youtube culture war has been going on under the surface for years with the alt-right (and adjacent) winning but most of the audience were kids who are by nature mostly apolitical so although there’s probably a majority now who know the basics about the various issues (race etc) only a small minority were fully red-pilled.

    my guess is the great shuttening is going to push a lot of that mostly apolitical majority in the opposite direction to the one intended.

    it’s going to get pretty wild imo.

    • Replies: @notanon
  48. Okechukwu says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The real question is: Why would an unqualified neophyte HBDer be allowed anywhere near a real scientific institution? How many HBDers have genuinely studied biology or genetics at a post-graduate level? How many have PhD’s in said disciplines?

    Biology is a hard science. HBD is a pseudoscience. One cannot migrate from a pseudoscience to a hard science.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @notanon
  49. Of course vlog is a medium that greatly favours women over men — insofar as it’s make-up-competent women who know how to dress and gesture conveniently before a camera.

  50. Anon[923] • Disclaimer says:
    @Miro23

    That’e a quite roundabout way to state that the average IQ of this site’s readership (or those who comment, anyway) is North of 115, if not higher. An obvious fact in my opinion.

  51. @Okechukwu

    HBD is a pseudoscience.

    So you’re the one doing the “Watsoning”. But your local fundies will be glad to hear you say that Darwin himself was a pseudoscientist.

    • Replies: @Okechukwu
  52. Okechukwu says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Darwin himself was a pseudoscientist.

    Yes, he was. Although Darwin got many things right, his pseudoscientific white supremacy is a stain on his legacy.

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
  53. Although Darwin got many things right, his pseudoscientific white supremacy is a stain on his legacy.

    Don’t worry. White supremacism is dead after Obergefell.

    It’s pretty obvious which of these judges has a better understanding of the meaning of marriage:

  54. notanon says:
    @notanon

    it’s going to get pretty wild imo

    the banking mafia drowning bestTrump in the swamp shows there’s no electoral way out of this and now them blocking all paths for redress of grievances in the public square is going to lead to thoughts of violent solutions but it’s very important that doesn’t happen.

    1) if we lose they’ll do the same thing they did in Russia in the 1920s and murder tens of millions in gulags

    and

    2) if it looked like we were going to win they’ll have a masada melt-down and start throwing nukes around or more likely a virus (which will probably go wrong and we all end up as extras in a real life zombie movie).

    imo the way out is a 4G version of a campaign of stealth non-violent civil disobedience using brains and imagination which forces the current ruling class to surrender.

    tl; dr

    don’t read siege, watch fight club.

  55. notanon says:
    @Thulean Friend

    (from what little i know about it) casa pound is a good example of that imo

  56. notanon says:
    @Okechukwu

    Biology is a hard science. HBD is a pseudoscience

    animal breeding

  57. Mr. Karlin, have you considered interactive media?

    Maybe learning to code is the only way out, after all.

  58. JonM says:

    Anybody know if AM talk radio has lost listeners as the vlogs have bloomed in popularity? They lost me, and I’m not the only one.

    When the 2016 election decimated the mainstream right’s credibility, I shifted from terrestrial radio to vlogs during commutes and desk work hours. That’s several hours of “viewing” every day while active in other pursuits.

  59. Clyde says:

    https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/arnaud-dubus-astute-chronicler-of-thailand-dies-at-55
    He had a paying job at the French Embassy when he decided to off himself

  60. Clyde says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Use free grab app https://freegrabapp.com/ get the audio into your sandisk MP3 player

  61. @Digital Samizdat

    I was one of those naive ideological “free-market and free trade always” people. I’m better now. I don’t care what label is used to surveill, screw, threaten, and impoverish my people.

  62. @Okechukwu

    I realize it was traumatic when you were outed, but most of us don’t have such concerns.

    • Replies: @Anonymoose
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