The Problem with YouTube's Double Standard

The Problem with YouTube's Double Standard

Of course it only takes one blond 22-year-old man to already ruin 2018.

We're only less than a week into 2018 and, of course, the year has already turned into another flaming pile of garbage, all thanks to a random YouTuber pining for those views. If you're unaware of what's been happening in the YouTube community, a man named Logan Paul uploaded a video on January 1 about his finding of a dead body in the Aokigahara forest in Japan, more commonly referred to as "suicide forest." This disturbing video, willingly posted by Paul, shows the actual dead body (the only part blurred is his head), while Paul and his friends laugh off the situation they are in.

The video does not include any educational background information about the significance of Aokigahara to Japan and does not address ways to seek help if you are contemplating suicide, unlike many other videos posted onto YouTube that actually made an effort to respectfully portray the Japanese landmark. Instead, Logan Paul manipulated someone's tragic death as a means for his channel to receive an extreme popularity boost.

Although Paul claims that he didn't "do it for views," it is clear that Paul only used his trip to Aokigahara for clickbait entertainment, especially when he places the unblurred dead body in his thumbnail. Paul somehow thought it would be perfectly acceptable to use the suicide of a stranger to make his video seem edgy and original. And it can't be ignored that his video was even featured on YouTube's trending page before being taken down.

Another surprising part of this whole ordeal is that it took twelve hours for YouTube to finally delete the video. Twelve hours. Half a day, this video was online for anyone and everyone, including the many children that subscribe to Paul's channel, to witness. It's ridiculous that it took that long for YouTube to reprimand Paul and his video, especially given that Paul has such a huge following on their platform.

Among the Logan Paul situation, YouTube has been recently facing lots of other criticism regarding the age-gating and demonetization of other videos. For example, videos with just "LGBTQ" in their title were being restricted or demonetized for having "inappropriate" content.

I'm not sure what kind of excuse YouTube will have for allowing Logan Paul to post such awful content, but I doubt Paul will face any repercussions. In YouTube's eyes, huge superstars like Paul and his brother, Jake, can do no wrong since they rake in so much cash for the company. This selfishness will become the downfall of YouTube if it doesn't do a better job of punishing content that's actually inappropriate.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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