Weird Kids’ Videos and Gaming the Algorithm


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Clickbait Title: Video Criticism YouTube Exploitation Meta Commentary Pregnant Algorithm Educational Spam Fidget Spinner Buried Alive For Kids

Very late in the process of making this I decided to change the name, largely because the moment I made the original title “YouTube and the Business of Exploiting Children” public in a promotional Tweet I realized that there was an entire constellation of related issues that I wanted to talk about. From channels that exist to get kids hooked on gambling to parents subjecting their children to abusive conditions as “pranks”, there’s a lot of shady stuff going on. In that context, weird spam and unsettling videos about poop didn’t rank high enough to warrant burning a title that good.

References:
James Bridle “Something is Wrong on the Internet” https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2

H3H3 “Toy Channels are Ruining Society” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBWf6Zvn0jQ

Down the Rabbit Hole “Finger Family Videos” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NceTdz8KlYU

Retsupurae “Joker Mouse Lethal Injection” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5If1ZWfNoJM

Written and performed by Dan Olson

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