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But it’s just a joke!

Okay. Let’s talk about Pewdiepie and the “it’s just a joke” defense. Quick intro, for the unaware. Pewdiepie is a gamer and the most popular creator on Youtube, with over 50 million subscribers. In recent years, he’s been curating a persona of Youtube’s Biggest Troll, and has been increasingly making “shock” jokes that are racist, …

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Tropes, Intentions, and Critical Role

Whenever writers get criticized for invoking troubling tropes in their stories, there’s one excuse that crops up more than any other: “this was where the story needed to go.” Yes, many other stories have shoved girlfriends in fridges or killed off the lesbian characters or had the black guy die first, but they weren’t thinking …

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Why you should watch Critical Role

Critical Role is a web show from Geek and Sundry, where a bunch of nerdy voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons. And it is, surprisingly, absolute genius. It feels like a unique mix of a radio play, an improv show, and a fantasy adventure, with the weirdness and randomness of D&D thrown in. The show follows the …

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Youtube and the Alien Interests of Teenage Girls

Last month, I read a really frustrating interview in the Sunday Times with popular Youtubers Dan Howell and Phil Lester (aka danisnotonfire and amazingphil). The article of course starts with a description of hysterical teenage girls, overwhelmed by the possibility of meeting their idols, and takes on an inevitable “only sane person in Wonderland” perspective, …

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Sam Pepper and Youtube Abuse

Over the past few days, more allegations of Youtuber abuse have come to light, this time against Sam Pepper. Laci Green’s video above is the best summary of what’s happened (click through to the video page for more links), but for those who can’t watch: popular Youtuber Sam Pepper posted a “prank” video where he sexually …

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YouTube Abuse and Alex Day

Trigger warning for sexual abuse I’m not a Youtuber. I’ve never recorded a video or even posted a comment on the site. But I do like watching vlogs during my lunchbreaks. I enjoy all the vlogbrothers’ stuff. I’ve been a long-time watcher of Charlie McDonnell. And, for about the last four years, I’ve watched the …

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Gigi Darcy and Pemberley Digital

=I’ve made it no secret how much I’m enjoying The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and over the past couple of weeks, the series has been supplemented by a few videos from the perspective of Gigi Darcy, as she provides a demo of Pemberley Digital’s new Domino platform, just as the drama goes down. In theory, expanding Gigi’s role …

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