|June 6th, 2016 10:27 AM|
by Ken Gagne
|Filed under Musings;|
One of the first rules for interacting with online media and communities is don't read the comments. It's terrible advice, actually, with some notable exceptions — such as when you're the one responsible for managing a community and cultivating a safe, welcoming environment.
I consider that to be one of the responsibilities that comes with being a YouTube content creator. In the last 3.5 years, I've read roughly 34,152 comments that have been posted to my channel's 600 videos. (My most popular video currently has 10,767 comments.) Wanting anyone who comes to my channel to know that they can leave feedback without fear of threats or reprimands, I reply to as many comments as I can — and, just as important, I delete those comments I deem inappropriate.
Some commenters come specifically to troll — not in the "online abuse" sense, but by intending to be argumentative and disrupt conversation. The modern Apple II community is fairly free of such pests, fortunately: as a niche hobby, it's just not worth someone's time to get involved only to annoy so few.
But what if the two communities intersected, and trolls used Apple II computers to leave provocative YouTube comments? YouTube artist Techmoan crafted a video demonstrating that exact hypothetical scenario in "How to Write A YouTube Comment in 10 Steps":
Why this puppet is using an Apple IIc of all computers is a mystery, but Techmoan has demonstrated himself a fan of old technology in other videos, such as when he made an iPad dock out of a Mac Classic. I haven't seen the IIc show up elsewhere in his channel, but this one appearance has made its mark. A couple of great animated GIFs, perfect for embedding on social media, have been produced from this video:
A few people asked for this as a GIF. I can see how it could be an appropriate response. https://t.co/bYRZmhbyuH
— Techmoan (@Techmoan) May 24, 2016
— Joshua Dragoo (@CosmicKoala) May 24, 2016
This look inside a troll's mind reminds me of another classic, Bernard Smith's 2007 music video, "YouTube Is My Life":
I'm glad the Apple II community is above such behavior — I get enough of it from my "fans" on YouTube!
(Hat tip to Lisa Anne Allyn)