I mentioned in my recent update post some of the reasons why I decided to switch to blogging for making commentaries & criticisms. Something I didn’t mention in my post was how dissatisfied I am with the YouTube “skeptic community.” The reason for this was because (besides the fact that I forgot) it was too long to explain. This was one of the leading reasons why I decided to switch to blogging on WordPress. So with that in mind, I’m here to explain why I left the YouTube skeptic/commentary ‘community.’
The so-called ‘skeptic’ community on YouTube seems to have gone the way of the SJWs, in that it seems to have taken on this tribalistic, reactionary, ‘us versus them’, mob mentality turn. It is becoming Atheism+ 2.0 (If you don’t know what Atheism+ is, its feminism & social justice/political correctness combined with Atheism). We might as well call the group of “skeptics” who engage in this type of behavior, “Skepticism+” and “pseudo-skeptics.” Additionally, they’re starting to become more like modern-day feminists. They’re now claiming to be fighting a non-existent cultural war, in the same way that feminists claim to be fighting a non-existent patriarchy. They’re acting like a bunch of whiny little bitches. They have become exactly what they’re claiming they’re fighting against.
The YouTube skeptic community seem to be more interested in “rekt-ing” SJWs, bashing the left, drinking “liberal tears”, and apologizing for Trump and the right than having an actual open dialogue and coming up with solutions to problems. It makes it seem like these people aren’t as skeptical and rational as we all originally thought and are only in it to make fun of SJWs and get a piece of that internet fame. There’s nothing wrong with making fun of SJWs, its just that in this case, with these types of people, they seem to only want to make cheap shots and their content is devoid of any real substance (plus, they seem to only be focused on SJWs and nothing else).
The election of Trump seems to have shown a lot of these so-called skeptics true colors. From my observations, it seemed to have become much more prevalent after President Trump’s inauguration. I witnessed a lot of Trump apologetics after we all found out just how much of a disaster Trump is. A lot of them seemed to have excused his bad policies (which, lets face it, is almost all of them), and are ignoring all the bad things the right is doing. They only seem to be focusing on the SJWs and the far-left and don’t seem to be willing to criticize Trump and the right, even though they have more influence now and are trying to pass a lot of regressive policies. This leads me to think (especially after you look at some of the comments on these videos) that the YouTube skeptic community seems to have been taken over by right-wingers (primarily the “alt-right”). Both radical right-wingers and the far-left aren’t capable of making good arguments, so they have to resort to cheap shots, strawman arguments, and scapegoating of “the other.”
Lastly, I seemed to have noticed a lack of originality and diversity in content from this group, and an oversaturation of this genre of content as a result of this. A lot of the content from people who claim to be skeptics are response videos to the same old videos that everyone else has made, repeating the same old points, facts, etc. Lets not forget that a lot of their content also consists of mocking SJWs, which seem to be repeating the same old jokes and punchlines to no end (sometimes, they even to the point were they’re downright bullying). It may be fun to do that stuff at the beginning, but after a while, its starts to get boring and repetitive. I’ve noticed that these kinds of videos are pretty easy to make and so after a while, they no longer become challenging or interesting (especially when you have the whole world doing the same old thing). Additionally, a lot of these skeptic channels seem to only be focused on SJWs.
The lack of consistency in criticism, substance, and nuance, the Trump/right-wing apologetics, the continued blind-bashing of the left, the lack of an actual intellectual discussion (where we also come up with solutions to problems), the lack of diversity and originality, and this tribalistic, ‘us versus them’ mentality have all driven me away from the YouTube skeptic/commentary community (along with all the other stuff I mentioned from that update post). Not to mention, this continued shift to the right that I’m seeing on the YouTube commentary/’skeptic’ community is making me feel unwelcomed. I’ve seen quite a lot of YouTube commentators, who have claimed in the past to be Liberal, sell out to the right (Dave Rubin would have to be a great example of this) as of late. They have thrown away their integrity and values in favor of shilling to the right just because of some regressive assholes on the left. There are now only a few Liberals and skeptics on YouTube who have actually stayed true to their Liberal and skeptical values and refused to sell out.
I really think that SJW-related content is going the way of religion-related content, in that it is becoming less and less relevant due to the fact that a lot of SJW talking points have been refuted. There’s only so much that you can refute and when something has reached its limit, its time to adapt and move on. The channels that only focus on responding to SJWs and nothing else will eventually fade into obscurity if they don’t adapt.
As for me, I’ll be focusing more on opinion/editorial pieces, refuting stupidity, and just talking about whatever I want – depending on whatever happens to capture my interest at a given time. Unlike a lot of these so-called “skeptics” I’m actually going to be nuanced, objective, call out all sides, and not engage in apologetics. I hold everyone’s feet to the fire – even if I like you and you’re my friend (or relative).