Category Archives: Social Media

Is YouTube Over? ( Or, #YouTubeIsOverParty )

Hey 3.5 readers.

Happy Saturday.

So there’s been some talk on the ole inter webs this week that “YouTube is Over.”

Specifically, YouTube has set down some rules that affect the “monetization” of YouTube videos, or in other words, cut into the dough that popular YouTubers make via their YouTubery.

Honestly, I have a face for podcasting and a voice for blogging, so YouTubing is something I don’t forsee myself ever getting into.  Ergo, I’m not sure how it all works vis a vis the money but I assume YouTubers get a cut of the money their videos make when ads are shown before their videos.)

Admittedly, I could be explaining that all wrong. If you know more, fill me in.

At any rate, YouTube has laid down some new rules that YouTubers must follow in order for their videos to be considered “advertiser friendly” and therefore be deemed worthy of monetization i.e. profit for the YouTuber.

YouTuber Phillip DeFranco posted an extensive video about the situation:

The new rules are thus:

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So, as I look above, my gut reaction is “OK, these situations could be problematic…but…what about context?”

  • Sexually Suggestive Content – Eh…I mean no, we don’t want YouTube to be turned into a porn repository but sometimes YouTubers post funny videos about sex, or talk about sexual issues or give advice about sex.  Pretty much every song – pop, rap or otherwise is about sex so their accompanying music videos will be about sex.
  • Violence – In many ways, this is a no brainer. We don’t want YouTube to become online fight club no more than we want it to be a porn depot.  So no, no one should be bonking someone in the head and then posting it.  And obviously regarding violent extremism we don’t want extremists using YouTube to peddle their evil deeds. But what if a YouTuber is reviewing a violent film?  Some YouTubers even produce and put out their own web TV shows that may include fictional violence.
  • Inappropriate language – I get it.  Bad language = bad.  Directed at another person = bad. Used in the context of a joke – could be funny.
  • Drugs – No, we don’t need the youth of the world to be able to go onto YouTube and find videos about how to roll a joint or what have you…but what if someone is mentioning drugs in a joking “Cheech and Chong” like manner?

So here’s the thing.  Sex, violence, bad language and drugs. I get it. These are issues advertisers don’t want to be associated with.

But I could see how there could be a context issue that makes people worry…i.e. YouTubers may be concerned that they might be left in limbo if their videos discuss these issues without necessarily stating that these activities are cool or good or whatever.

And a further concern raised in the Twittosphere has been will there might be selective enforcement.  (i.e. if the average schmuck YouTuber isn’t getting any money for his video that mentions sex and drugs then fairness dictates that popular music videos that mention sex and drugs also not get monetized).

But ok. Devil’s advocate.  Advertisers of toothpaste, cars, candy, whatever don’t want to be associated with your YouTube video if these rules aren’t followed.  OK.  No more sex, drugs, violence and bad language in my YouTube videos and problem solved, right?

Well, check out the last rule.  While the other ones seem to have an issue with context:

“Controversial or sensitive subjects and events including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is shown.”

Um…it could just be me but this sounds a lot like, “if you post videos about the news, no ka-ching for you!”

And naturally, many political video bloggers or v-loggers are suggesting just that – that this may be a way to crack down on certain political ideas, speech, thoughts, etc.

My two cents – if networks can sell ads during the nightly news, then surely video bloggers who discuss the news, politics, etc should be able to get a few bucks.

Honestly 3.5 readers, I know nothing about any of this and am just regurgitating what I’ve read in the Twitosphere so I could be wrong.  Assume I am wrong.  Don’t think badly of YouTube or YouTubers based on this post but rather, go do your own research.

I assume this will be a situation that no one will know the impact of until it happens and YouTubers report to the public on whether or not they see a decline in cash flow but at any rate if you’re an indie content producer of any kind, whether it be blogging, social media, video posting or whatever, not putting all your eggs in one basket is key.

Branch out lest new rules come down the pike and blindside you.

If you know more about this and can set me straight or better yet if you’re a YouTuber who knows the 411, discuss in the comments.

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Was Ellen DeGeneres’ Usain Bolt Tweet Racist?

OK 3.5 readers.

I’ll just throw it out there.  Was this tweet by Ellen racist?

So the joke was that Usain Bolt is super fast and that Ellen could get her errands done faster if she just hops up on his back.

Given today’s highly sensitive climate, I suppose you could make an argument that this tweet was ill advised.  The joke was only mildly funny at best vs. the great backlash it brought in.

Then again…come on.  This is Ellen. TV’s most beloved lesbian.  First TV comedian to come out as gay and play a gay protagonist on her 1990s sitcom.

I don’t know.  I rarely share my opinions on controversial things.

I just worry that people are getting so sensitive that by the year 2050 comedy, movies, books, even regular conversations won’t exist.

Everyone will just stare at the wall all day out of fear of offending someone.

Shouldn’t intent count for something? I highly doubt Ellen intended any offense here.

She wasn’t trying to say, “I am a white lady who must dominate this black man.”

She was saying, “I wish Usain was my best friend so he could give me super fast rides to the store!”

Everyone just needs to take a deep breath and give each other a hug.

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Will You Use Facebook Live for Promotion?

Hey nerds.

Informal poll here.

I’ve been seeing people spring up with Facebook Livestreaming all over the place the past a week, the latest Facebook feature.

Will you use it and what for?

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Have You Liked BQB on Facebook Yet?

Hey 3.5 Blog Readers.

Do you want to be one of 3.5 Facebook Readers?


Of course you do.  Like me on Facebook!

Look, I’m not one of those Good Time Charlie Hustle types that’s going to sling a fast sell at you.  I can’t promise you that following me on Facebook will make you handsome, or beautiful, or rich, or famous, or get you a record contract, or a bag of diamonds, or your own personal island, or a date with a supermodel or an art collection full of Van Gogh paintings.

When it comes down to it, I can’t even promise you that following me on Facebook will get you an extra chicken nugget at McDonald’s, or a better pair of sneakers and if you have a lousy personality, following me probably won’t improve it or make you interesting at parties or anything.

But…you’ll get a dose of BQB in your Facebook Feed to brighten up your day.  What could be better than that?

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Where to Find Bookshelf Q. Battler


Bookshelf Battle Page 

Pop Culture Mysteries Page


Bookshelf Battle – @bookshelfbattle 

A new Pop Culture Mysteries Twitter handle that I’m not sure what to do with yet but feel free to follow it. – @popculturemyst

Google Plus 




Those are “my big four” i.e. the social media sites I’ve found to be most responsive. Facebook unfortunately seems to be “pay to play” whereas Twitter seems to be the most helpful.

Wattpad I’ve found to be helpful for my writing process.  I’ll write my first draft in a Word document, then rewrite it and post it on Wattpad and get reader feedback.

By the way, 3.5, any help you could give me would be appreciated. Please consider sharing your favorite Bookshelf Q. Battler post on your favorite time wasting social media outlet.

Believe me, your friends will find it more interesting than that picture of your lunch.

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The Post Where I Shamelessly Plug My Twitter Handle

Why should you follow @bookshelfbattle on Twitter?

10)  I can waste 140 characters faster than George RR Martin

9)  I won’t resort to peer pressure to get you to follow me…

8)  …but seriously, all the cool people are doing it.

7)  As soon as April rolls around, it’s pretty much going to be all Game of Thrones, all the time on my twitter feed.

6)  But I’ll still talk about other stuff, so there’s something for people who <gasp> don’t like Game of Thrones, though I can’t imagine why.

5)  You too can dare to be a nerd.

4)  Occasionally, I even talk about books.

3)  I tweet more than a Blue Warbler with Tourette’s Syndrome.

2)  Do you really have anything better to do?

1)  Oh, you do?  Sorry.  But can you squeeze my tweets into your busy schedule anyway?

As always, I’m on Twitter.  Thanks for stopping by and keep reading!


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Some kind person put a link to my review of Blade Runner and the result was I had an all time record of 238 visitors today.  Previously, I have yet to break 100.

I’ll have to look into Reddit – has anyone tried posting on it?  Any experiences using it you’d care to share?

Thanks to whoever did that.

In other news, I’m almost at 3000 followers, if you want to obtain the coveted position of 3000th follower.

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Brian Williams Misremembers

Oh Twitter.  We can always count on you to rub the salt in America’s gaping wounds.

Smart asses from all over the Internet have descended onto #brianwilliamsmisremembers to engage in the wisecrackery of placing Williams at the scene of all manner of historical and fictional events.

Even this jerk weasel got in on the action:

And well…it just goes on like that.

If you’re not following @bookshelfbattle then you’re missing out on all the snarky goodness!  And if you act fast, you can be my 3000th follower, which will win you…absolutely nothing!  Well, it will win you my undying gratitude and devotion.

So yeah, in other words, you win nothing.  But follow me anyway!  Surely being my 3000th twitter follower will get you bragging rights…if you’re in a room of people who care about mundane things.

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Google +

Bookshelf Battle is now on Google +

Check it out.

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on there, a bit overwhelming when you’re first getting into it, but I do enjoy the writer, blogger, self-publishing communities, etc.

Oh, and as always, you can follow me on twitter @bookshelfbattle

Thanks for stopping by.  You keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

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