People often ask me why I get angry and why I swear. I’ll fucking tell you why, because science fucking tells me to, that’s why. A study conducted at Keele University in the English Midlands (which I’ve never heard of but is clearly the best fucking university in the world) has shown swearing helps you withstand pain.
Volunteers who swore were able to withstand more pain than those who didn’t swear during the same test. Thus science has proved that swearing is not only big and clever, it’s fucking useful. And people who don’t swear are clearly into pain and are probably the sort of sick fucks who like to be tied up and whipped.
This also show’s YouTube’s attempts at censorship (threatening to delete or at the very least not promote videos just because they have some fucking swearing, introducing the censoring of swearing in comments.) means they want to hurt us. If we are allowed to swear we feel less pain. YouTube wants to reduce swearing. Therefore YouTube want us to suffer more pain.
For those who can’t tell, including references to YouTube’s “censorship” policies is a joke. I point this out because I think people are far too casual in their use of the word “censorship” when it comes to YouTube. To cite the two examples I used, in 2008 YouTube said they would be trying to make videos with profanity appear less prominently on the site by “algorithmically demoting” them. This does appear to affect big name users – Cory Williams of SMP Films has been affected by it a couple of times but I haven’t toned down my swearing at all and I haven’t suffered for it. I would get pretty pissed off if/when it affects me directly.
More recently, YouTube introduced a feature that allows users to censor swearing in the comments on their videos. If this feature is invoked and a commenter calls someone a fucking cunt then it will appear as ****ing ****. It appears that on the first day this feature was live some goombah launched it with “on” as the default setting. This caused quite a few people to freak right the fuck out, thinking that massive censorship had been imposed.
It may surprise people to learn that I think this is a good feature. So long as it’s set at the video owner’s discretion and not imposed as a blanket rule, that is. It should be obvious that I’m anti-censorship but within their own domain people should be able set whatever rules they like. If someone doesn’t like swearing and they particularly don’t want to cop volumes of abuse directed at them on their own channel I say they are well within their rights to block swearing.
And I don’t give a fuck if that offends some purist libertarian streak in people. If someone imposes limits on my ability to express myself within my own domain I’m gonna get really pissed off. But it’s absolutely hypocritical to say “I demand liberty for all and nobody is allowed to disagree with me.” If YouTube enforced this level of censorship across the site I would be leading the user revolt but as an option I think it’s perfectly acceptable. I may even use it myself on some of my videos. For instance, my kids are in a few of my videos and they like to see what comments people are making on the videos. I don’t want them exposed to the typical lowest common denominator profanity that’s common on YouTube so I might censor the comments in that case.
Another way I can see it being good is the sort of no life fuck-up who makes a regular practice of leaving hater comments on people’s videos is easily frustrated. The main reason for this is the useless pieces of shit never produce anything of their own – the only thing that they have is trying to upset people who are actually doing something. Take that away (for example, by deleting any swearing in their comments) and they have nothing. So the whiny little fucks chuck a fit and wet their pants over how unjust it all is and I, for one, laugh right in their ugly fucking faces.
This is why I frequently delete obnoxious comments and block the perpetrator. Fuck censorship, I just want it to be clear that these sniveling little fuck-knuckles that they have no power in my world. And I want them to be upset. I want to know that they are bitching and whining about their “rights” being infringed. Because fuck them.
So yeah, most of the hyperbole about YouTube going mad with censorship is overblown (not least because of the number of idiots who conflate copyright claims with censorship). It does seem clear, however, from their public pronouncements that YouTube see themselves as becoming some sort of new broadcast network. And they aren’t even a little scared of blanding things out if they think it will make them more money. Even if science proves they are reducing our capacity to endure pain.
10 responses to “YouTube causing pain with censorship”
People often ask my why I get angry and why I swear.
People often ask *me* why I get angry and why I swear.
Don’t ask me why I’m telling you this at 6:26am but I fell fiesty ! lol
I can fix that 🙂
Yeah, this fucking sucks man. Censorship kills the arts.
Totally agree. And it’s not just YT it’s also the idiots that flag vids just because they have profanity in it. That’s just not right.
Give ’em hell, Angry. 🙂
I’m not scared of swear words, but the first time somebody replied to one of my comments calling me every name under the sun & swearing like a navy guy on speed, it really felt like a physical slap in the face (and yes I cried since I’m a big wuss). Not even sure why the person got so riled up either since my comment was a very mild joke that others had understood. Being able to filter out the swearing on my end would have helped “defang” him a little, while weird, crazy commenter guy would still be able to feel as if he’d successfully vented his spleen.
On a lighter note, the swearing to cope with pain makes a great deal of sense. When I was a kid we were just about to leave my grandparent’s house when my mother managed to slam the car door on her thumb. She was so aware of her parents being there (who strongly disapproved of swearing) that even though she really wanted to at least say “shit” a million times over, she just kept saying “oh my god” instead. She was so paranoid about swearing in front of her parents that she insisted she was fine & drove home – a good 30 minute trip. Then she had to drive to the doctors. Considering it actually was really bad (had to have the nail removed), I have no idea how she did it beyond telling my brother to keep talking to her so she didn’t pass out. And yup, I still think she was crazy and I’d have been swearing like there was no tomorrow.
This article was fucking brilliant. I read the story in Yahoo News last night and I just new you had to cover this topic. I am so fucking glad you did.
You keep up your internet censorship coverage. People need to hear this.
-Random SysAdmin from Australia
I absolutely agree with this. I have a blog of my own and a youtube account. I swear. I like swearing. I think youtube has gotten in bed with big music business,WarnerMusicGroup etc, and that was the beginning of the end. I’ve had trouble on myspace also with their relationships with commercial mania. The little guy gets pushed around and the money gets priority and that sucks. Too many regulations and rules clamp down on freedom of expression. Bobbby Jameson
Fuck yeah!!!!! Another reason to be walking around town flipping the bird at people! TAKE THAT FUCKING SOCIETY!!!!!!
Holy shit, that was fucking beautiful!