21 Oct 2013

Blimey Cow on YouTube Comments

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These guys live in Nashville; Tom Woods introduced me to them (over email). For some reason this one cracked me up:

12 Responses to “Blimey Cow on YouTube Comments”

  1. iamroz says:

    I don’t get it, how does making a youtube video differs from commenting under it?
    How about a video made out of youtube comments, does that counts?
    It’s kind of ad hominem to the activity to say: it’s all just your opinions and insecurity the spills in comments, nothing of substance ever emerges in the comments. It’s also patently false.

  2. Jonathan Finegold says:

    Although never on Youtube, as someone who does get caught up in “internet debates,” whether on my blog or on others’ blogs (I hope now less than before), a lot of it has to do with the belief that non-participants actually care about the debate. You get the sense that if you lose you’re discredited, when the fact is that the only people reading your comments are you and the person you’re arguing with.

    I do think, though, that there’s some utility to clarifying “this is my last comment.” Sometimes I stop responding, and the same person will comment on something else I’ve written with something like, “We’ve gone over this before, blah blah blah.” When I write “this is my last comment” (or something similar), it’s really me saying, “let’s agree to disagree.”

    • Joseph Fetz says:

      I don’t know that that is true, Jonathan. I almost never debate anymore, but I do like to read the comments. In many cases they are more entertaining than the primary content (at least to me). I find it absolutely fascinating. It’s like a little personal study in psychology and social behavior for me.

      • Joseph Fetz says:

        The G4macdad comments on Papola’s videos and the responses to them were like pure comedy to me. And MaMmoTh’s comments on youtube (can’t remember the handle he was using) were very revealing. When I called him out on it (the youtube comments) here at Free Advice, he miraculously disappeared.

        I’m far more of an observer than a commenter, I find it absolutely hilarious.

      • Jonathan Finegold says:

        Well, okay, either nobody cares or I look like a complete idiot — either way, it’s a losing situation for me haha.

  3. iamroz says:

    I really don’t see much of a difference between a comment under youtube video and the video itself.
    It’s a performative contradiction to taunt commenting supposed idiocy and let the comments under the video open.
    Not everything is mere opinion, ones delusion put forth against another’s. The sweeping generalisation doesn’t fit with me. Every comment is an argument, so is the said vid. He’s making fun of me by putting words into my mouth and describing my actions which aren’t so at all.
    Is it funny? not to me, not at all.

  4. Matt M. (Dude Where's My Freedom) says:

    Youtube comments are excellent. They are a window into who we REALLY ARE as a society, rather than who we claim to be and who we choose to present ourselves as.

    The fact that Youtube is slowly pushing to make them non-anonymous is a great tragedy. We already have tons of places in life where we cannot say what we really think: Work, school, most social media. Youtube comments are the last refuge of free speech!

    • skylien says:

      Then I guess this should be the hymn for the You Tube comments:

      Free speech, free speech for the dumb, free f*** speech!


      (Though I like the Metallica cover more because of the much better sound…)

  5. Innocent says:

    This sounds like debates about Keynesian vs Austrian economics.

    Take God / No God replace Keynesian vs Austrian viola.

    The real question is whether you can have an actual discussion with anyone about anything any longer or if it really is simply about belief and since belief does not seem to ever change barring a serious situation then…

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