“Race is there; it exists. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.” -Jon Stewart
That’s something no one ever wants to hear and up until yesterday words that my mother had only uttered to me 3 times before. All were to inform me of a grandparents illness. Cancer to be exact. Her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer at a very early age and died within the year. My dad’s father was diagnosed a few years later with prostate cancer and then my mother’s father not long after. Luckily they managed to live quite awhile longer than their doctor’s prognosis.
If you use YouTube, you need to know this.
You’ve heard all these rumblings about Net Neutrality over the past several months. Let’s get real: this is about controlling online video. It is estimated that by 2017, video content will account for 80-90% of all global Internet traffic.
This isn’t just about not being able to binge-watch a series on Netflix. It’s about the future of online video as we know it.
Whether your YouTube channel is home to daily vlogs, short films, or just that one video from when the cinnamon challenge seemed like a good idea, you’re a video creator. Your content and comments help shape this community. Let’s keep it that way.
Net Neutrality means that your YouTube videos reach people at the same speed as clips from last night’s episode of the Tonight Show. It means a level playing field for video creators looking to reach an audience. But new Net Neutrality rules could mess that up.
Here’s the deal: Telecommunications companies already charge us to access the Internet through our homes and our phones. New FCC rules could allow them to also charge content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and even PBS) for access to our eyeballs. It could create a fast lane for Jimmy Fallon’s clips, and slow lane for your YouTube videos.
It is really important that the FCC understands that online video creators care about Net Neutrality. Even if you’ve only ever uploaded ONE VIDEO, you are a creator and you have a voice.
If you can, please add your channel to our petition. We’ll deliver this to the FCC in September and demonstrate that the online video community cares about this issue.
This will be a rant, you’ve been warned.
I am seriously tired of all the negativity on my feed lately surrounding the “Ice Challenge” videos. It’s true some people aren’t keeping up with the original concept, but it’s doing the job.
Like with anything on the internet, there’s different sources or opinions on how this all started. The simple explanation for the challenge is to take a video of yourself and call people out after you completed it. Donate $10 to the ALS Association if you completed the challenge and $100 if you didn’t. Some have changed the rules but the end result, at least to me, has still been the same which is to raise money and overall awareness of the crippling disease.
Regardless of how you feel, you can’t deny the results. The millions that have been, and continue to be raised has far surpassed the amount in previous years not to mention the amount of attention the disease is getting. It’d be great if we could use this same model for other illnesses, but the bottom line is it’s working.
With all the other horrible shit going on in the world it’s nice to see people come together and fight for SOMETHING positive.
aw shit get it wednesday
HA! I almost forgot to reblog this today
Every Wednesday from now on.
Its wednesday yo