“Warning: Kate Tempest will connect you with your emotions and the cold, callous world around you. You may cry.” 

Bob Boilen is right, and this NPR Tiny Desk performance by Kate Tempest is stunning. The first track is a spoken word piece about soldiers coming home form war fought for gold, and the two hiphop tracks are hits in the KwAkE BASS remix. 




Sam Pepper Exposed. 

Laci Green and many other young women have placed themselves in an extremely vulnerable position to shed some light on sexual abuse in the Youtube community and some extremely disturbing incidents directly involving Sam Pepper. Please share this video to support Laci and the victims.

For fucks sake. This is horrible. Spread this around and take a stand in protecting each other.


I hadn’t heard of “Sam Pepper” until the day before yesterday, and I’d really prefer it if he could fall off the face of the world. What an asshat. Also, this isn’t the first “youtube community abuse” case. 

Also, his “defense” that “ the prank and subsequent videos are a social experiment to promote awareness of male victims of domestic abuse” is bullshit. For once, it’s obviously a way to maneuver his way out of this, and even if that was his plan from the start, he failed miserably at that. Harassing women to call attention to male victims of domestic abuse (even if staged) is a terrible idea, and it doesn’t work. The video, in context of his work, obviously makes light of street harassment. The only thing drawn attention to is his infamy. 

Content note: All kinds of abuse in the examples Laci Green gives in the video. 

Too Fracking Good to Be True: “My Cat Saved My Son” Might Be A Marketing Tool

There are signs that the endearing video of a cat rescuing a small boy from the attack of a neighbor’s dog is created by a marketing firm. Apparently the video is too good to be true, in narrative structure, production value, and so on.  That is what German journalist Gabriele Hooffacker claims to have found out. Accorning to Hooffacker’s plausible argument, the video was the set-up for the youtube channel  – so that an energy company could promote fracking.

Which, in a way, would make sense: The dog acts so crazy, he might have taken a sip from that inflammable tab water.

YouTube to Become Useless

The New York Times reports that YouTube will block (and also delete?) videos from independent record labels who haven’t agreed to Google’s new licensing terms.

For German users YouTube as a music video host has been fubar for quite some time, now the ridiculousness goes global, apparently. It’s an obvious move to strong-arm small labels into agreeing to deals that, according to the indies, are worse than the deals the big 3 music corporations get.

That’s pretty evil in my book, Google.

Also, this show how problematic it is that so much of our revolutionary new media life is based on a few corporations. Their bottom line, after all, is the bottom line, not culture. When Google (or Apple. Or Amazon) flexes its muscle like this, the media future looks pretty bleak.

YouTube to Become Useless


This teen girl’s response to the DFTBA sexual abuse scandal is out of this world and needs to be watched and thought about and discussed.

This is a 16-year-old girl. Her video gave me CHILLS. 

It’s a great video. Some might find it tough but it’s a must-see. She – Ann/The Geeky Blonde – connects the abuse by adult men in the YouTube community to the decreasing space the women in youtube panel gets at vidcon. She also outlines a number of steps the DFTBA/YouTube/VidCon community needs to take. She is an impressive example of what young girls can do, and why their voices need to be valued more. She explains how Brave New Voices values creative teenage girls more than vidcon..

I’m not really into the DFTBA universe besides the occasional crash course video or tumblr post, so I don’t know a lot about the accused men and the cases. The video has a bunch of links/articles in the description. Anyway, the evident abuse by 5+ content producers is terrible, alarming, and vile. What she has to say is also valuable beyond this specific case(s).

Just one last thought: As the DFTBA/vlogger/nerd community continues to grow, it needs to take active steps to just not mirror the fucked up-ness of society at large. Otherwise, a lot of amazing, revolutionary potential will be wasted.

(Content note: the video is a general discussion of (surviving) sexual abuse.)