Recommended #22

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Film Theory: How Game of Thrones SHOULD End! (Game of Thrones Season 8) by The Film Theorists

Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network)

Bumblebee

Blog Posts

“The Truth About Gyms” by The Travellothoner

“Raindrops” by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

“Let’s Stop Passing as Non-disabled” by Jenna B. Neece (writer)

Books/Stories

“Endurance” from How To Get Away With Murder (In Under 250 Words) by Hafferby

Jazz, Monster Collector in: Crash Down (Season one, Episode One) by RyFT Brand

Brian’s Last Ride by Marianne Curtis

Podcasts/News

Kid Friendly Joke of the Day – Episode 260 – Falcon by Kid Friendly Joke Of The Day

678 – Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather by Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Episode 5: Mario – Yo’ster’s Story by Hidden Pixels Podcast

Comics

Green Lantern #30 (New 52) by DC Comics

Back in Time | Superman #10 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Shazam! (2018-) #1 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Game Theory: How to WIN the Mr Beast $100,000 Challenge! by The Game Theorists

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – Part 4 – The Tinkerer Boss Fight! by Blitzwinger

Dreams – Dream Surfing – Cats + Dogs (Early Access) by stampylonghead

Recommended #21

The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Blogs

I Am An Artist Because… by Cristian Mihai (irevuo)

A Forest Walk by Literary Titan

Taking A Breather by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

Books/Stories

“My Secrets” from PENNED DOWN by Masquerade (Shreya_VA)

The hidden Playground With Mr. X Dreams & Raggedy Anzy by Madame Raven

“Whispers from the Closet” from Dreamer of Death by violetsintherain

Podcast/News

TMNT Updates! NEW Shredder In Rise?! Batman TMNT 3 Comic In May! by THE OLD TURTLE DEN

Dirk Manning on working with publishers and an independent creator by Dreamer Comics

David Putnam invades the Corner! by Authors On The Air Radio

Movies

Welcome to Marwen

Green Book

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Official Teaser Trailer (2019) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega by IGN

Comics

The Heroverse | Dial H for Hero #1 Review by Fortress of Solitude

The Flash # 1 (DC Rebirth) by DC Comics

Earth 2: World’s End #5 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 59 – HERMIT NEWS by Grian via @YouTube

Our First I Love You by It’s Alex Clark

The Extinction That Caused The Dinosaurs (And If It Never Happened) by AlternateHistoryHub

Fooled Ya

A list of some April Fools videos. Some are full pranks while some are the creators’ normal videos just made strange or unexpected.

The Long night of the chef’s knife By AltuisticViolence by Madame Raven

HowToBasic: The Truth by Footofaferret

DELETING MY CHANNEL IF I DON’T COMPLETE THIS MINECRAFT PARKOUR… by Solidarity

A New, New Start by Draw with Jazza


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YouTube CliffsNotes | Living the Write Life

After seeing the latest “couch-side chat” by MatPat (host/owner of The Game Theorists channel–among others) where he discusses how the good that YouTubers do is largely overlooked by the news media, my first reaction was “duh.” (Click here for the video.)

He mentions how a public relations person told him that no one is interested in good news about YouTubers. As a once-upon-a-time reporter (and for a short period a PR person), I was not surprised by this statement. The first thing they tell you when you walk through the Journalism 101 door is “if it bleeds it leads.”

It’s not just YouTubers that are targeted by this “no one interested in the good news they do” belief, it’s everyone. I can’t tell you how many times I pitched a “good” news story only to have it rejected or published on page 25.

The reason for the “no good news” is partly because “bad news” is what sells. News media operates by lowest common dominator, which sadly is drugs, sex, and violence. People are more interested in reading about a scandal or accident or disaster–probably because these things end up affecting people. The story about the 100-year-old woman is cute but how does it affect the average person. The story about the tornado ripping through a town impacts more, especially if you have friends or family there.

The “bad news” is also easier to write from a reporting perspective. It’s a lot easier to find an angle for a story where YouTuber X is found to be a child predator versus YouTuber X donated $2,000 to charity. In the later, pretty much all your questions are answered within a few words; the former creates questions and creates more stories (i.e. coverage of a trial, controversy over if YouTube should run background checks, etc). In the charity example, you get one, maybe two, stories. In the child predator story, you get hundreds.

But, I’m not here to talk about business theory or sociology or psychology. I’m here to talk about the second thing I thought of after watching the video. How do people find out about all these news/debate topics and still spend hours upon hours on their videos? Is there a YouTube CliffsNotes I don’t know about?

So, naturally I began thinking about how funny that would be if there were CliffsNotes on YouTube Creators/Channels (there might be; I just said I’m not “in the loop”). Wouldn’t that be weird/cool to walk into a bookstore and there is CliffsNotes: MatPat? It’d be full of all the stuff about his channels you’d need to know, like “clap and a half,” and “#BlameJason,” and “Pro Tips.” It would also have brief summaries of the more popular videos.

Or how about a “For Dummies” spin-off/series. Grian for Dummies or Domics for Dummies.

I’m sorry, these are the weird rabbit holes that writers/artists find themselves in sometimes. But, you can’t tell me that you would rather have a post discussing news media theory or dissecting an Internet video than hearing about Let Me Explain Studios for Dummies.

Two hours later…

Two hundred dislikes?!

OK, so maybe you would rather have a post dissecting a video…


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Defy Media v YouTube Creators

It started with a The Game Theorists video called “They stole $1.7 Million.” I was hesitant at first about clicking the video, it sounded clickbaity. But, I clicked anyway; I’ve been watching Game Theorists’ videos for awhile now and figured, “meh.” It started out with MatPat talking about all the high and low points of 2018. I thought, “Oh, it’s one of those videos,” but I was interested in what this $1.7 million was about. Finally, the video came to Defy Media, a YouTube multi-channel network (MCN), and how it stole from 50 YouTube Creators. Now, I’m looking into the issue myself (*sigh* How do I keep getting myself in these messes.)

According to the video and YouTube’s support page, an MCN helps channels with “audience development, content programming, creator collaborations, digital rights management, monetization, and/or sales.” It kind of works like a publishing company. An author submits their manuscript and if the company likes it, they distribute it and help the author with marketing, sales, legal issues, editing, and so on. When a book sells, the money goes to the company; they take their piece; and give the royalties to the author. The MCN does the same (except the Creator publishes the video on YouTube and YouTube distributes it); YouTube pays the MCN the ad money; the MCN takes their cut and gives the rest to the Creator. It’s not that abnormal of a process. It works pretty smoothly until someone decides to be a jerk.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Defy Media announced its closer on Nov. 6 and that most, if not all, of their YouTube affiliates found out through the press, not the company. The YouTube Creators naturally began wondering about their AdSense paychecks, since YouTube sends the money to Defy Media and they give it to the Creators. So, the Creators asked Defy Media what was happening. According to the article, they got little to no response. Even The Hollywood Reporter couldn’t get the Defy Media CEO Matthew Diamond to comment.

The article continues to state that, “Some partner managers who were laid off are still responding to creators’ requests via personal phone numbers and email addresses, say sources, but they have had few answers.” In other words, some of the employees who just lost their jobs are now using their own time and resources to try and manage the mess.

Fortunately, YouTube has stepped forward to say that they will begin sending the Creators’ next paychecks to the Creators. But, some Creators say Defy Media still owes them money, specifically the money Defy Media received before the closure (Sept. and Oct.).

Also, according to the article, many of the YouTube Creators believe that Ally Bank now has control over the money. These Creators have been contacting the bank in order to let them know that some of the money is theirs. Again, they haven’t been told much. The Hollywood Reporter tried to get in touch with Ally Bank but the spokesperson “did not respond to a THR’s request for an interview.” I can understand that Ally needs time to look through the Defy Media records, discuss what to do, and so on, but at least tell people, “We’re looking into it; we’ll let you know more at X time.” Even a little information is better than none.

Apparently, Variety and The Verge also had trouble reaching Defy Media so they could tell their side of the issue. The Verge adds that Defy Media has also gone “radio silent on social media.” I recently checked Defy Media’s Twitter feed; the last tweet was in September of last year, and it was nothing about closing down. Their Facebook page also ends in September with no mention of a shutdown. And their website no longer exists.

The THR article further states that not only are the YouTube Creators angry, but so are the laid off employees. At least one has filed a class-action lawsuit stating that Defy Media didn’t inform them as is required by law. It turns out, Defy Media did send them the proper paperwork stating that the company would continue to run until Jan. 2, but they then closed at the end of Nov. 6–the day the employees got the letter.

So, what can you do? Research the topic for yourself, come to your own conclusions, then (if you so choose) support whichever side it is you believe to be right. If you believe the YouTube Creators, you can support their channels (some are listed listed in the above mentioned articles). You can also tell others about the issue through social media or on your own blog. If you believe Defy Media, you can do the same, share your opinion on social media.


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Civil War Comes to Hermitcraft

After what seems like weeks of preparations, the cease-fire flag has finally come down, or more accurately been blown up.

What started out as a simple prank war between the G-Team and Team Star quickly escalated into a chaotic battle of fireballs and fire charges. Both sides seemed unprepared for the devastation. In what seemed like only a few minutes, the battlefield was in flames and both teams retreated. Fortunately, or unfortunately, both the water filter and turtle…I mean, G-Team and Team Star bases were virtually unharmed in the battle.

But, there were some sacrifices…namely the witch Gertrude (who was replaced by another Gertrude) and the hundreds of poor zombies G-Team released upon Team Star. Let’s have a moment of silence for the fallen code.

So far the only winner in this war has been cubfan135, who has been supplying both sides with arms (like TNT)–he’s been making a mint off the Hermitcraft Civil War. But, how long will it be before one side abducts Cubfan and forces him to make weapons for them. Cubfan will then have to become the Invincible Iron Fan.

As the dust settles, and the fires are put out, more questions arise. Which team will win? Who will strike first? Will Mumbo Jumbo be able to continue moling or will he get caught? When will this Civil War become part of the YouTube Cinematic Universe that Draw With Jazza began with his making YouTubers into superheroes (or villains) videos? How long before Thanos arrives and snaps half the Hermits into dust thus bringing us Hermitcraft: Endgame.

But possibly the most important question: how long can I keep a straight face while doing this post?

In all seriousness, the Hermitcraft “war” has been entertaining. If you wish to get in on the fun, here are a couple videos to get you started:

Hermitcraft VI: #38-Hermitcraft WAR! from Tengo Tek

Minecraft HermitCraft S6 | Ep 57: Chaos! from impulseSV

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 44: THE FUN BEGINS! from Grian

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Recommended: Post 4

Film Theory: Can You Speak Groot: Find out what makes a language a language. Can only saying “I am Groot” be considered a language?

Mythlands: Mythical Origins by @JasonGreenfield: A story that brings together all the myths and legends throughout time. Every myth and legend lives together in the mysterious Mythlands. They work, play, and try to solve the mystery of how they got there.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu (or Eevee): While Blitzwinger only did the Pikachu version, it’s probably about the same for Eevee. I thought it was nice to return to a somewhat semi-Pokemon Yellow game and see it in more than 8 bits. I also enjoyed the surprise return of some old characters (and I’m not talking about Brock or Misty).

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