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Thursday, July 9, 2009

YouTube sucks...

...balls and I don't mean in a good way. A good way would be like this:

Asami Ryuuichi, Finder series, by Ayano Yamane

(though that's actually licking and not sucking per se)

Let's explain.

First off, I am, to begin with, a huge fan of YouTube. I have watched nearly 7000 videos over the time I've been online - not terribly long, bought laptop just months ago - mostly music, anime and manga scanlations made by fans into videos. I have left comments. I have rated. I have made friends from different countries with similar interests to mine. Have sworn at people - not the thing with your hand over your heart, the "you stupid motherfucker" thing. Have added videos to my favourites, have made playlists, have subscribed to accounts.

It has always been understood (I mean by me) that YouTube caters to a wide - really wide - range of interests, for example I would only go near something like this kicking, screaming profanities and talking in tongues saying "Our name is Legion". It works for some. It's cool by me. I won't watch it. I won't rate it. I won't comment it. I will not fucking flag it.

Ah, yes, flaggers. People who never met me, will never meet me, will never know me, but who nonetheless know what I don't need in my life and do me the service of removing the said offensive item from my path. Do-gooders. For-the-sake-of-our-young, the-preservation-of-our-future, God-is-on-our-side sorta people (I'll write a post aaaaall about them one day)...

And what do these people do? For example, they find a video with adult content, namely something like this

and flag it. A warning is placed, underaged cannot access it. So far, so good... Then they flag it again. And again. And the YouTube admins - or whachamacallits - suspend the account.

(Jules, babe, I'm so fucking sorry)

My favourites' list has been edited countless times, since vids and accounts are constantly removed. My friends' work goes down the drain. It is a nuisance, a violation and it really, really pisses me off... My pet would now warn you to run for cover.

The people uploading have posted over-18 warnings. Homosexual content warnings ('cause it's evil, you know, God has clearly decreed the nether entrance be used strictly for holy purposes, namely to shit...and, occassionally, fart - you can't just do as you please, boy). Plus "I don't own the manga or the music" notices. But still. Not fucking enough.

I heard this song in such a video

Enter, by Within Temptation

Within Temptation's is not the type of music I would normally listen to - I'm a blues, classic rock, prog fan myself. Therefore, I would never look for it in a store. I watched the video. I heard the music. I now own a couple of CDs. Have posted a link on Facebook. Clearly a loss for the artist...

Most of the manga I own I first found on YouTube - their anime, OVAs or scanlations. That incudes one of my top favourites, Loveless by Yun Kouga.

So, what's the excuse? Is there one? Think, YouTube. How about it? How about asking us? And how about leaving us the fuck alone (man, I have a serious problem with "authority" - hey, every Dark Overlord should)...

Ranted my black heart out... Feel better now... Bed?


Lorel said...

κοίτα,το θέμα είναι πως αυτές οι προειδοποιήσεις(flags) υποτίθεται πως είναι για περιπτώσεις που πχ κάποιος ανεβάσει βίντεο με παιδική πορνογραφία κλπ.Ή τουλάχιστον έτσι είχαν πει σε μένα.
μετά βέβαια,ανακάλυψα πως είχαν βγάλει ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου βίντεο,που περιείχε χορό.μπαλέτο.
Γίνεται να κάνεις το ίδιο με βίντεο πχ θρησκευτικού περιεχομένου;
είμαι λίγο άσχετη μάλλον άλλα αυτό σίγουρα δεν είναι ελεύθερη διακίνηση και προβολή αρχείων όπως διατείνεται.

ZlatkoGR said...

Εμ, βασικά έχεις απόλυτο άδικο. Ναι, καταλαβαίνω καλά τον εκνευρισμό για κάτι τέτοιο, αλλά τα πράγματα δεν είναι τόσο απλά.

Πρώτον, μην τα βάζεις με το Youtube. Το youtube και η κάθε υπηρεσία του internet θέλει να βγάλει λεφτά, ναι; Άρα τι τη συμφέρει; Να έχει ένας μέρος του υλικού ή όλο το υλικό (εδώ: video) που μπορεί να έχει; Όλο. Άρα καθαρά υλιστικά, δε γουστάρει καθόλου να κλείνει λογαριασμούς, να σβήνει video (το οποίο σημαίνει και απογοητευμένοι "πελάτες" που πιθανώς να στραφούν αλλού για να βρουν αυτό που θέλουν).

Θα πρέπει να καταλάβουμε πως κανείς δε θέλει να μπλέξει με τους παλαβούς που βλέπουν πορνό και λένε "του Σατανά". Άρα σου λέει το εξής: Σου δίνω τη δυνατότητα, αν κάτι θεωρείς πως σε προσβάλει (και αυτό δυστυχώς έχει πολλούς ορισμούς), πάτα το flag και άμα εγώ δω πολλά τέτοια, ε, μαλάκας είμαι; Θα το σβήσω.

Όπως και να το δεις, το δικαίωμα του flag είναι σημαντικό και καλά βρίσκεται εκεί που βρίσκεται. Οπότε τον Youtube άστο. Άλλωστε είναι μια υπηρεσία με τους κανόνες της (που αποδέχεσαι όταν γίνεσαι μέλος) και αν δε γουστάρουμε, την κάνουμε με ελαφρά. Πιάσε τους καμένους όμως που δουλειά δεν έχουν, "προσβάλλονται" με όλα...

mafaldaQ said...

Ναι συμφωνώ με ZlatkoGR! Το πρόβλημα δεν είναι οι κανόνες μια υπηρεσίας ειδικά από τι στιγμή που ισχύουν για όλους, τα ίδια. Άμα δεν μας αρέσει, φεύγουμε. Το πρόβλημα είναι οι χρήστες και τι αυτοί ορίζουν ως προσβλητικό. Και για αυτούς θα μπορούσα να πω "Αφού δεν σας αρέσει να φύγετε" αλλά δεν θα με ακούσουν.

Εξάλλου μπορεί οποιοσδήποτε να ανεβάσει οτιδήποτε εκτός youtube και άλλων τυποποιημένων καναλιών! Να ζήσει η αναζήτηση!

Poetic Justice said...

First off, I fuckin' dig the way you write. It's uncanny, unconventional, compulsive, explosive, sentimental, flawless and rushing like a dream-come-true, rasping and crisp like a rusty nail on sandpaper, quick, decisive, penetrating and strict like executing a spinning back-kick to a much larger opponent.

Second. I disagree with everyone that commented before me. Youtube is a service, at first started for fun, now gone in an entirely different direction. Since it's owned by Google, it has to at least maintain a façade of legitimacy for strictly financial reasons; don't forget it holds strong shares in the stock market topping up to an insane amount. Thus, it encourages "pruning" moderation strategies for user content. Imagine, with HQ and accountability on American soil, it would be deemed screaming idiocy, to say the least, to disobey its Master's Voice...you know what I mean.

Fortunately, "teh Internets" (sic), besides being a series of tubes (pun intended), are very agile, thus sprouting all sorts of tools that can be used in a tongue-in-cheek mode. For good, bad, and the nether region in-between, which can offer instant damnation to Prudents International and immense gratification to the United Colors of Hedonists. To make a long story short, backup, girl, for your playlists, and a youtube downloader to never again miss a video you loved. Ever. And if the push comes to shove, figuratively, there are countless other video hosting services proudly bearing the flag of intellectual promiscuity ;-) Abundance in recycled electrons everywhere!

As for what is going to happen when (eventually) they come knocking on your door, there are remedies for that as well. Agility, remember?

So, rock on, girl and be angry at the world. You have every reason to!...

Monou Fuuma said...

@Lorel Firstly, just wanna say welcome, thanks for reading! Secondly, I'm sure one can flag Christian content vids - but why would one? Let them have their "fun". Oh, and sorry about the ballet video - I bet they found the pirouettes deeply disturbing...

@ZlatkoGR Nice to see an opposite view - expect a poisonous tarantula in the mail in the following days :P

@mafaldaq In the immortal words of Michael Stipe "I feel better having screamed, don't you?"

@Poetic Justice - I fucking love you, man...

astheroshe said...

Just found your blog.. :) I love manga and Yaoi.. I have to catch up on Crimson Spell... and many others.. Keep up the posts!