There is a progressive renaissance happening on YouTube right now. Let's help counter the chaos.
From roughly 2014-2016, political and philosophical discussions on YouTube were dominated by content creators with cynical and reactionary worldviews. Admittedly, I sometimes found myself slipping into this mindset, but eventually I saw this trend for what it was. I won't bore you with the details right now, but essentially this was (in my view) an overreaction to the increasing influence of feminism and left-wing politics online, and soon manifested itself into an imagined "culture war" where destroying the "SJWs" at all costs seemed to be the primary objective.
This opened the door for propagandists and demagogues to grow large followings, and eventually begin normalizing the views and personalities of the alt-right, which, although still a fringe movement, now has even gained some influence reaching as far as the federal government.
It became clear that an intellectual rebuttal to this harmful rhetoric was necessary, and so many great YouTube channels sprung forth that espoused ideas that favored social and economic reform, with particular concern for the most disadvantaged groups in society. Several of these channels saw rapid success, proving that this kind of content was in high demand. In addition to this, there was an uptick in support for progressive creators who have been around for a while, like myself. We are seeing a reformation of the political discourse on YouTube and beyond.
What I’ve found to be my strength is helping viewers parse tough topics in an easy-to-understand way, while at the same time spreading a message of honesty and compassion for other human beings, which serves to counter all of the hatred and cynicism that you often find in these kinds of discussions.
And so here's the thing. this kind of content is difficult to make sustainable. I frequently talk about tough, controversial issues which are increasingly being neglected by advertisers and sponsors, especially on YouTube. Personally, I try to make inclusive, optimistic videos that stress the importance of nuance, but those types of videos simply don't get the traction and exposure as some other more polarizing content you might find. I strongly encourage everyone out there to use their gifts and talents to spread hopeful, yet practical messages of change and reform. But if you’d like to take part in my journey to do so myself, there are several ways you can support me:
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