Pewdiepie Vs T-Series – An Ending

Well, I know it was reported that T-Series took the lead for a few minutes back in late February. I saw in some headlines yesterday that T-Series had gained the lead Monday and at the time of writing, is ahead again by about 1,000 subs. At the time of posting, it’s actually a much larger gap, 20,000 or so.

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone. This was not only the inevitable outcome, but one I believe YouTube and Pewdiepie have been milking pretty¬† heavily. It is to the direct benefit of all parties to have a major “rivalry” like this going on, but most of all, YouTube reaps the benefits of both sides. They’re the arms dealer in this battle. Though I’d say the battle is more or less over at this point.

The moment we found out that the perpetrator of the New Zealand tragedy had allegedly mentioned Pewdiepie and asked people to sub as part of the crime proper, I figured it would be a major blow. I for one went back and made sure I wasn’t subscribed. Pewdiepie did denounce the killer and his actions, but the fact remains that his channel is a rallying flag. Both in past missteps and current fan base, I feel.

This has also led me to wonder just how many of his subscribers are actually unique “real” accounts and how many of them are but shells created to drive his count up. Do I think he himself would do that? I don’t know, I can’t say that I actually know the man well enough to judge his character. I absolutely believe his fans would though, regardless of whether or not he asked them to.

Yet, for all the drama, YouTube marches on, drawing that sweet ad revenue from all the parties involved and making bank. When companies aren’t pulling all their ads, anyway. T-Series taking the mantle from the alleged king of YouTube won’t be the end, but YouTube doesn’t need any help bringing about the end anyway. They seem to be doing a perfectly good job without any help.

I saw YouTube insist, during the latest “adpocalypse,” that they were working on ways to improve their algorithms, but that fact that they keep having these sorts of problems suggests that their solution is not an effective one. On top of completely missing things that should be removed, it’s extremely hyperactive in other areas. Mrhappy, a FFXIV streamer, YouTuber, and podcaster mentioned on his podcast recently that his video talking about the new race, Viera, was demonetized because the algorithm thought it was viagra instead. Easy enough mistake to make, I think, but the evidence seems clear that their tech isn’t working for creators, or for YouTube.

While I commend their efforts to solve this problem with technology, from my perspective it would seem that it isn’t currently where it needs to be. It would make more sense to flag some of these items for a human review instead of applying action and letting the appeals system sort it out. That’s a lot of volume, though, and people cost money. If I think I know how to fix it maybe I should start my own VoD service. Few things in life are as easy as they sound.

I think I’ll quit rambling for today. Y’all take care.

YouTube – Defy Media and Gordon “Hot Wings” Ramsey

Okay, so among the many channels I watch on YouTube is The Game Theorists. I don’t watch all of it, just some here and there. It’s main personality, MatPat, hasn’t exactly had a fun year. Among the many things causing him grief is that his channel network, or former channel network, I guess, Defy Media not only went abruptly out of business, but has left several channels without their advertising income. He has a video in which he discusses the issue in detail and at length:

Some of what he mentions actually sounds like it would be some form of financial fraud. Presenting income that’s only passing through as profits sounds kinda like “creative accounting” to me. Considering some of these companies were sold to large media corporations I’m a little surprised it’s just now coming up. Time will tell I guess

On a much lighter note there’s a show I’ve never heard of before called Hot Ones, where they apparently interview someone over increasingly potent hot wings. They’ve just kicked off a new season with the (in)famous and sometimes controversial chef Gordon Ramsey. Now, I enjoy his shows for the semi-fictional entertainment that they are. I also hold some measure of respect for him for some of the non-inflammatory work he has done, like working with child chefs and drug abuse in food service. Now, this is Gordon Ramsey, so the video has quite a lot of swearing, increasing rapidly with the heat of the wings.

I personally found it quite entertaining though. I may take a look through some of the previous episodes at some point and see if there are some others I’d like to see. I enjoy hot wings, though some of what they tried was absurd. I also rather enjoy watching other people suffer through ones I wouldn’t want to look at for fear of catching the heat by proxy.

In non-YouTube news, I think I’m going to try and set Pratchett aside for a while and focus on some other reading I’d like to get done. I’m loathe to pick up the last of the main novels anyway. I’ve been reading them off and on for years and the idea of reaching “the end” isn’t really one I’m fond of. Of course, I also intend to pick up the young adult series at some point. Even considered reading it with the kids.

For now, though, I’m getting some sleep. I’ve got a lot I want to play, poke, and deal with this weekend and that means not sleeping in. Y’all take care, try not to end up in the book hole.

LegalEagle v. MatPat?

Now, I wrote about the whole Fortnite dance thing [Carlton v. Fortnite] a while back. My own analysis was drawn mainly from two sources, both linked in the original article, Press Start Legal‘s comments on reddit, and a YouTube video from LegalEagle. Apparently, about a week later, there was a Game Theorists video about the same topic. I mean, not a surprise right? It was getting a lot of attention.

Well, nothing like a little drama to drive views for everyone, right? Well LegalEagle has just put up a video discussing whether or not MatPat plagiarized his own video.

As an outside source who has absolutely no background in copyright law, unlike LegalEagle himself, it really didn’t seem that way to me. MatPat’s isn’t really taking taking his video word for word like some of the other stuff I’ve seen. This led me to ask myself though, what’s the definition of plagiarism anyway? Well, google’s built in dictionary had this to say:

the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

In theory, then, it’s possible that he did so. We’d have to know the source of the information he used in his video though, which I don’t believe he states. It’s entirely possible he also took those from other locations or a combination of sources. In a way, one could argue that this entire post is, since it’s sort-of based on the LegalEagle video, or at least inspired by it. One of the main differences is that I’ve made the effort to include links to all the relevant bits. It also helps that my post isn’t monotized in any way, so I’m profiting from it. That doesn’t make it not infringement, though, just helps keep it in the derivative work category? I dunno, I certainly never claimed to be a lawyer or legal expert. That’s why I watch channels like LegalEagle to begin with.

I went so far as to ask MatPat for comment, thought I haven’t received any response and really don’t expect to. If he has responded at all, I’m not aware, but haven’t gone out of my way to find one either. Here’s both videos if you feel like checking them out yourself:

I just found it somewhat amusing. If the LegalEagle video wasn’t so aggressive I’d even go so far as to think that the controversy here has been manufactured to drive views for both channels and isn’t really a controversy at all.

But that’s just a theory… a dumb theory. Y’all take care, try not to accidentally plagiarize anyone, I guess?

On The Other Hand

Doing this late at night does actually afford me some measure of uninterrupted peace. It’s nice to be able to sit down and work on it with fewer disturbances.

I’ve been thinking about this whole Pewdiepie vs. T Series thing that’s been going on on YouTube for quite some time. I’ve noticed another wave of mentions for it lately.

The whole premise of the thing is that everyone should subscribe to Pewdiepie in order to keep an “independent creator” the number one channel instead of the “corporate” channel T Series.

It’s funny, in a way, because the whole ordeal is of great benefit to YouTube. It’s pushing subs and views so they only stand to profit from the whole thing.

I’m also amused that suddenly everyone likes Pewdiepie again. It’s been such an odd on again, off again relationship that other creators have with him.

I dunno, I’ve just spent quite a bit of time thinking about it, but don’t have the time to write it all down. At the end of the day, what would happen? If we woke up tomorrow and T Series had more subs than Pewdiepie, well, things will just continue as they always have. I realize it’s a very symbolic thing to a lot of creators, but it won’t stop them from doing what they do any more than the day before.

I’m also having fun watching ERB’s meteoric comeback. I’m glad to see it’s back, but I’m especially glad to see it climbing the trending list. I missed it, personally.

It’s nearly midnight though, so I’ll stop rambling and head to bed. Y’all take care.