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I thought it might be useful to suggest some general areas of potential interest  (to me at least).  Let me know if you think this doesn't cover it.

Community Guidelines

Most of us are familiar with YouTube's own Community Guidelines but are also aware that, however good they may sound, the implementation of those guidelines leaves a lot to be desired.  It's also the case the the YT vlogging community has evolved its own rules of etiquette, complete with its own vocabulary of doxing, (false) flagging, sock puppets, and gaslighting.  Some of the rules that have been developed on the fly by the users themselves have rarely been articulated clearly so it might be useful if we take the opportunity to do that here.  What behaviours do you think should be encouraged, discouraged, are completely beyond the pale, or deserve bouquets?

Network Philosophy

This vlogging thing seems so natural now to those of us who've been doing it for a while that I think we forget how weird it really is.  I talk into a camera to you, edit the video, add a title and description, and then upload it to a site where anyone can look at it.  At some point in the future, after a period of hours, days, or longer, you watch the video and leave a comment, or maybe make a response.    Is this a conversation we're having?  Is this conversation 'live'?  If I die before you respond, but you don't know so you respond as if I'm still alive, is there still a conversation going on?

This asynchronous recorded broadcast social media conversation is a new form of interaction, and maybe it needs different ways of talking about it.  This would be a good category to think into those things.

If anybody fancies it, this is a link to David Bohm's 'On Dialogue' which might make an interesting place to start that conversation.,%20Chemistry%20and%20Free%20Energy/044-PH08-The%20Unified%20Theory/David%20Bohm/David%20Bohm%20-%20On%20Dialogue.pdf

Filthy Lucre

Earning money through generating ad revenue has always been a feature of YouTube since the very early days of Partnering.  However, the lure of 'making it big' seems to be an increasingly visible part of the YouTube experience these days, and many new vloggers clearly see their activity as the development of a YouTube career.

In addition, increasing numbers of channels now feature not only advertising but also links to Paypal donation pages, 'Merch' pages (sorry, but I really hate that word) where you can buy a T-shirt, book, or CD, or Patreon links.

What do you think about the relationship between vlogging and income generation?

Off-YouTube Productions

When I say 'Off-Youtube' I'm thinking of Off-Broadway; those other spaces that attract less audience and where none of the big names hang out.  What about all those other sites other than Youtube?  How do they function in the ecology of vlogging?

Every time YouTube changes its layout, or a channel is flagged down for no good reason, or there is major alteration to the infrastructure (such as the merging with Google+), there is always the same response.  A number of YouTubers (including yours truly) will say "Fuck this shit, I'm going home".  Or more accurately "I'm going to DailyMotion, or Vimeo, or whatever alternative hosting site is flavour of the month".  And of course they/we always come back.  After all, YouTube is where the people are and if your thing is talking in public then you'd better be where that public hangs out.

Sooner or later though YouTube is going to go the way of MySpace and something else will take its place.  What do you think that will be?  Is it already in operation, just under-appreciated?

And what about the connections between YouTube and the other sites everyone routinely uses; Facebook, Twitter, and now of course G+.  Does this 'intermediality' (bonus points for a big word) change the way we do the vlogging thing?

I thought I should make the formal announcement I have taken over the city of YouTube, and also the world.

I am your leader now, and you're about to enter a golden age in this 21st Century. Peace, Prosperity, and many of your dreams realized, yon Philosophers, Sociologists, and Academics.

My cabinet excels in every discipline and my counselors trustworthy and esteemable. All in my government held to the high standards their stations demand and, indeed, happily hold themselves to.

Good citizens, if you notice the quality of life improving very rapidly for our most vulnerable inhabitants, understand any surprise or relief you may experience is merely the shadows of a previous age receeding in all of its horrorific ignorance. Feel pity, not hatred, for the architects of misery. Those not dead will need your pity even more than mine own.

Feel free to take advantage of all that is now at your disposal and your families and your neighborhoods. What is not within walking destination to you now, soon will be. Education, the Arts, publ I c works, etc are yours to enjoy and use and reach your fullest potential, if you so desire. Rest to boredom, if you like, but Boredom will be the closest thing to Poverty any of you will experience in this new world.

There is nothing "up the sleeve" nor "sucker punch" waiting for you, nor dystopian dread. That, too, is merely the repurcussive impact and tainted hangover of The Before Times.

As this is only a brief message of welcome rather than a speech of policy, I won't ask for much more of your attention except to say that myself and the government that exists above all else to serve you, its masters, will be working day and night, around the clock, to create an Administration worthy of representing you and this planet we all call "Home". Those attachments, and there are many and many left in disrepair, of Federal and State bureaus we have inherited will be overhauled, evolved, or streamlined and ANY action myself and my administration take will be known to you in complete transparency. ANY government channel local to you will be available to your queries and concerns and ANY pressing matters local to you expedited very directly up the chain to my cabinet. And any emergency matters reviewed by myself and my counselors for immediate action.

Now allow me to bid you well that I might get to work and you all might get to celebrating. You will hear from me again, not too soon and not to late. Till then, be well.


People flag the fuck out of each other in this city but primarily in the neighborhood of Politics (don't move there, because there's TONS of gangs, some of whom intersect and it gets really complicated socially! :P).


When did people come up with this idea that they have a "right not to be insulted"? WTF!? I'm sorry, did everyone acquire mind-reading skills whole I was asleep and I missed the handout?

How the hell, exactly, am I or anyone else supposed to know what will offend whom, everywhere and all of the time?

I'm going to do a video about this damn it because you're all starting to go fucking insane. Well, I'm assuming 'starting' is the correct time frame :P

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An early work from a primitive church.
Sure, it's an hour wasted-
what's that to an eternity?

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What's a barbeque without the House nigger?

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Never conflate love of art with the art of love.

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Our latest.
Berate us.

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Or maybe spiritual embodiment.

Eugene Gendlin's "Felt Sense" as part of his technique of 'focusing' -

Article on Robert Burton's "On Being Certain" on ScienceBasedMedicine -

Newberg and D'Aquili's "The Mystical Mind" -

A critique of D'Aquili and Newberg's 'Neurotheology' from Acta Neuropsychologica -
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