Sunday, April 15, 2018

I don't understand the demo who comments on youtube videos.

I put this video up on youtube ~seven years ago~. No fucks given for six years. Basically all through the whole Obama administration. Then all of a sudden about 6 months ago,  people became interested in it and almost every day now I get a comment on it. The only reason I even know is because I get an email sent to me.

The question is --------- who comments on seven year old videos! And why do you care now and not then?


  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, April 15, 2018 6:46:00 PM

    The answer: astroturf agitators.

    Seven years ago you probably couldn't get paid to comment on low-interest YouTube videos, but now the people behind the payola are so afraid there might be one small speck of unchallenged real estate on the Internet, they'll hire a bunch of Internet goons to make sure no corner of the Internet hasn't been pissed in.

    TakiMag took their comments section completely offline. BoingBoing switched to a forum years ago. The new trend is to get rid of comments altogether because the people on the Internet now are actually that awful on average.

    Nobody seems to want to talk about this because it seems too far forward looking, but the interesting technology to me right now is anything that can make the Internet obsolete without creating a networked penal colony.

    The designers of IPv6 thought they could do some of this by design as a planned evolution of the Internet, only for the IPv4 Internet to persist to the point that IPv6 looks like a two decade plus long pointless gesture.

    Whatever it is that's going to manage to achieve this, I doubt it's going to come from the Internet but instead from its discontents.

    BTW, this infernal captcha thing I have to go through every time I want to make even a relatively innocuous comment somewhere relatively innocuous says to me that there's a bigger problem that requires Band-Aids in order to function at all ... and for some dumb-ass reason, the captcha makes me do it four times because Blogger always kicks out the first submission attempt, which itself requires two attempts.

    The Internet's broken, I don't know how to fix it, but I'm waiting to fund whatever wants to replace it that isn't Internet plus GULAG.

  2. Hold the boat! Do people get paid to comment on youtube? I mean, the comments area a whole nuther level of crazy so you never pay attention to them, but I didn't know they were paying people to do that.

    Yeah, event the captcha has been targeting me lately. Yet three days ago I totally got some spam that was able to get through.

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, April 15, 2018 9:06:00 PM

    People get paid to do lots of things, but the Internet has made paid commenting via "astroturfing" a personal affair because it looks like real people are making statements on random blogs out of genuine convictions rather than being bought off for cash.

    "Astroturfing" came about as a phrase because of fake grassroots lobbying of lawmakers, but now there's "astroturfing" on the Internet. Another term for these people is "paid shills", but I prefer "astroturfing" because these people think they can make some green while shoveling some brown.

    Chances are very good that whoever made the comments gets paid by the comment, and so they'll simply piss all over everything in order to get paid more. Your videos showed up in a search engine somewhere and some "astroturfers" showed up to piss all over the comments section even after all these years.

    So yeah, people get paid to comment on YouTube, and they used to get paid to comment on TakiMag, BoingBoing, etc.

    I suppose some people prefer that line of "work" to slinging hamburgers and hash for a living.


  4. People don't look at dates when it comes to stuff on the internet. Drives me nuts. I see it not only in commenting on things, but also in the sharing of things. URGENT PRODUCT RECALL (5 years ago, but hey, who checks dates??) *sigh*

  5. Yeah I've noticed that a lot on twitter. I mean retweeting weather events that are a month old. So, that's why checking the date on something is almost the first thing I do.

  6. This year we had a not small snow storm....on the exact same date that we had a REALLY bad storm last year. Someone pulled up last year's articles on county shut downs (emergency travel only due to the weather) and started sharing it around *sigh* I had to resist beating several people over the head.