Culture General

YouTube Trap

Bob: Bro, I’m trying to get my channel to blow up. I’ll be happy with a million. Then I can quit my job.

Dylan: I don’t think you need anywhere close to a million to quit your job bro. Probably need around 100k.

Bob: That’s way too low. Ads on Youtube payout $1-$5 per 1000 views. With a million views that’s $1000-$5000 per vid. Only way to make a living off that. I need to make lots of content that can interest the largest audience to grow quickly and reach that level.

Dylan: There’s another way bro. Make high-quality niche content that appeals to a small but very loyal and engaged audience. Less work in the long run and easier to maintain.

Bob: How could that work? The ad revenue would be too small and the channel wouldn’t grow with niche content.

Dylan: Right, the money doesn’t come from Youtube ads. They come from your own advertisers that would want access to your niche audience. In fact, maybe it would be better to remove Youtube ads entirely.

Bob: No ads at all?

Dylan: Yeah. No ads. Make your videos easy to watch to attract audience. Then when the audience is large enough, you can use it to get your own advertising dollars by contacting companies who want to sell to your audience. Maybe sell your own shit too.

Bob: Sounds like way too much work. Plus Youtube takes care of all the that.

Dylan: It also future proofs you. What if Youtube changes their rates or demonizes you. Doing it yourself is more work upfront but I think would payoff in the long run.

Bob: We’ll see.

Dylan: We shall.


Culture General Politics

Freedom to Troll

Dom: Yo, Pharma-bro got seven years in federal prison. I guess you shouldn’t talk shit before your sentence drops. Lol

Amy: Kinda fucked up actually.

Dom: What do you mean?

Amy: Based on the charges he was found guilty on, shouldn’t he have gotten six months instead. Kinda fucked up that shit-talking gets you more time. Feels like a restriction on free speech.

Dom: He deserves it tho. He gouged drug prices and defrauded investors. Then he makes fake threats against a presidential candidate and brags about how little he’ll be sentenced. It’s very stupid.

Amy: It may be stupid but its also free speech. Can we agree that government retaliation for speech in this round-about way is fucked up and kinda unAmerican actually?

Dom: I think of it like karma balancing itself out. Why should shitty people have the freedom to treat people like shit?

Amy: The price of speech I think. Protect speech that the government hates. If they can punish someone more harshly for speech like that, doesn’t that invalidate free speech and discourage others from exercising their rights? Freedom to troll I say!

Dom: Get outta here, lol.


Culture General

Trans Athletes

Dude: I don’t really care if trans athletes compete in women sports.

Dame: You should care. Its not fair for biological women to have to compete against people who were formerly men. What if your daughter had to compete against one of these athletes in a contact sport? Would you be worried about their safety?

Dude: I wouldn’t let her compete with trans athletes in a contact sport. If its non-contact, I’d let her. She’ll play in a league with athletes on her level of skill. Plus, women are largely responsible for the tolerance and acceptance of trans people in our culture. Yall have made your bed, now lie in it.

Dame: I think they should be accepted for who they and their truth like anyone else. However, there should be a limit on taking over the things that women have fought so hard for. It took forever for society to allow and accept women sports, so I believe it should be restricted to biological women.

Dude: Isn’t it accepted that these trans athletes are women as far as everyone is concerned, including the medical community? If so, then they should be able to participate.

Dame: I don’t think its right. They should have their own leagues. Plus you never see female to male trans athletes competing in men sports. Only the other way around.

Dude: True, but it’ll eventually happen I think.


Culture Science

To be, or not to be

Ay: Why wouldn’t you be pro-choice? Aren’t you right-wingers all about personal freedom?

Se: I am about personal freedom. There’s another person involved though; the baby. The baby didn’t choose to be conceived. Why should their life end because the parents decide to end it?

Ay: Its not a person tho. It’s just a clump of cells. Why should a woman have to sacrifice her personal freedom for a clump of cells? I understand that it is a life, a human life in fact, but her rights supersede the rights of cells. I feel it can be treated as a “Person” when consciousness is established. In addition the cells cannot survive on their own. They can’t feel anything either. Til then, woman chooses.

Se: The science is pretty clear. Even as just a bundle of cells, it is undergoing metabolic processes, replicating, growing, contains human DNA that is uniquely different from any other human being that has ever existed or will ever exist in human history (barring identical twins). We can agree that it is human, even as a single cell its a human. Person-hood I believe should be established at the moment of conception. Would you describe someone who is brain dead (not conscious) as deserving of person-hood? Would you describe a preemie as not a person because they cannot take care of themselves? What about a new born?

Ay: That’s different. If the organism is sentient then preserving life is a discussion that can be had. I cant see how it makes sense to force a woman to sustain a bundle of cells.

Se: I really comes down to how we perceive human life.

Ay: Agreed. Two Movies One Screen.


Culture General

Billionaire Troll?

J: What do you think of the cyber truck?

S: obvious troll. I think he’s making fun of rivian. OMG. Are people are really falling for this? Do people believe he’s serious?

J: I think so

S: What do y’all think of the cybertruck?

A: The spec sheet is crazy but it looks like they designed it in Minecraft

S: Lol. I think it’s an epic troll. Its inconsistent with the other cars they sell. It definately isnt road legal. Super impractical. And the bullet proof sounds like a joke. This is the same guy who launched a roaster into space. I feel like its more likely he had this car designed and built to troll the media, fanboys, and the short sellers than to actually sell this truck. Kinda brilliant actually.

A: There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s trolling, but I agree there’s some brilliance with this move. Sometimes I feel like he’s catering to the younger audience and purposefully alienating other groups like the ones you mentioned. If you’re not already, you should follow him on Twitter. He’s constantly trolling and joking there, it’s hilarious

S: Lmao. Brilliant.


Culture General

On the Other Foot

iMan: I’m 100% in favor of male birth control as long as it’s not a pill/hormone modification. Giving men control over when they have children can only be good for society. I dont think women would be in favor of it tho.

Jord: How else do you think bc is supposed to work? You have all the access you want to a vasectomy and haven’t been in line for that. At first I wondered how it would affect the population– less kids. But then I realized, like most other things, it wouldn’t be equally accessible to impoverished communities. Which means now we continue to perpetuate the disproportion of wealthy families.

iMan: Not a vasectomy. Reverse inhabiton of sperm under guidance. Vasalgel. Developed and tested in India. Cheap, reversible, effective. It could change the society. No more baby traps. More importantly, women wont need to take birth control pills. Holy crap. I heard about this treatment on reddit almost a decade ago. Finally in approval stage… India.

Jord: So another 20 years for us

iMan: Probably never. Too much money in birth control pills vs a cheap one time polymer injection.