PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube's most popular personality PewDiePie has decided that, going forward, he will turn off comments on all of his videos. In his latest video he explains in great detail why he thinks comments on his videos are mostly useless and an aggravation to deal with.

"I go to the comments, and it's mainly spam, it's people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these...just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn't mean anything," he says in the video.

Instead PewDiePie says that he will find other ways for his viewers to interact with him such as Twitter or Reddit.

You can listen to him talk about removing comments at the 2:38 mark in the video to your left. Prior to that he talks about ALS and the ice bucket challenge.

Given the vitriol on Twitter over the last few weeks concerning "gamers," "journalistic integrity," and "feminism ruining video games," Twitter might not be the best place to host a discussion on anything.

PewDiePie is one of the most popular YouTube personalities on the planet, with a loyal following of 30 million subscribers.

Source: Kotaku


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Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

I honestly wish more places would turn off their comments--the phrase "never read the comments" has became established wisdom these days.  They rarely if ever add anything of value to the story or post, and instead are places for anonymous folks to post vitriol. 

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

I disagree. By eliminating an avenue by which fans can offer support, criticism or suggestions, you're eliminating a means to improve oneself. Often, too, I see channels delete or turn off comments whenever they aren't interested in hearing criticism, or preventing others from seeing legitimate criticism toward the topic at hand. It's one of the issues I do have with Anita Sarkeesian, given that she claims her video series is meant to spark and encourage discussion, yet she won't offer a forum by which people can both watch the video and provide input on it to actually have a discussion.

Of course, the counter-claim is that the majority of such criticism involved threats of harm, name-calling, etc., but while I'll readily agree that a significant portion of such commentary does consist of that material and that it's not okay, I'm not fully convinced it's an overwhelming amount- and even if it were, if the topic were important enough it does not strike me as a convincing reason to dismiss the idea of commenting altogether. As it stands, PDP's videos generally involves some manner of screaming profanity and rape, so I can't imagine that any immature discussion on his video comments is going to be that objectionable.

PewDiePie has some issues with his let's plays- hopefully since I watched him last (a year ago), he's gotten better, but switching off comments isn't going to solve those issues. Volume control, however, might help.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

Totally disagree--how much filth is someone expected to wade through for the few nuggets of feedback? Anita especially--even news stories about her series tend to fill up with bile pretty fast, nevermind if the videos themselves allowed anonymous feedback (and lets face it, it sounds like she's getting plenty of "unsolicited feedback" even without the comments turned on). Until anonymous commenting goes away or the reasonable (hopefully) majority figures out a way to mobilize against the trolls, I think the internet has made it pretty clear that it's lost the privilege of unrestricted commenting if a content producer doesn't want to deal with it. If you don't like what they're saying, don't watch, IMO.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

how much filth is someone expected to wade through for the few nuggets of feedback?

What, you think there's no way of moderating comments, or that feedback is of zero importance if it means you might hear something unpleasant now and again? Also this is PDP- there's very little the internet can say that's much worse than what he yowls about, at times.

Until anonymous commenting goes away or the reasonable (hopefully) majority figures out a way to mobilize against the trolls

It's not an insurmountable issue to solve, and it hardly requires either the galvanization of a majority or the restriction of discussion as its solution.

the internet has made it pretty clear that it's lost the privilege of unrestricted commenting if a content producer doesn't want to deal with it

What, you think other LPers don't get the same kind of retarded, juvenile outcry forums on certain issues? Oftentimes when there's a big backlash there's a reason attached to it. PDP made a few rape jokes too many.

If you don't like what they're saying

I don't necessarily have to keep quiet about it. If I think it's important to criticize them for legitimate reasons, I'll do it- if they're honest with themselves and care enough about their material, they'll provide a forum to do it.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

So I guess you are fine with me standing on your front door step with a bullhorn and shout whatever offensive and annoying comments I want as long as I say it is in response to something you did or said?

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

Nice strawman you got there.

A person's presence on the internet isn't threatening until their physical presence on your property becomes a known issue. What they type isn't going to be disturbing the peace, causing a racket, etc.- and it ignores the possibility that even if there are a few assholes trying to ruffle your feathers, there are those who might appreciate what you do; unless you'd rather assume that anybody and everybody that might have something to say on about your work is going to be an asshole by default.

Also, you fail to consider whether potential commentary is actually legitimate criticism that simply makes me feel uncomfortable versus stupid immaturity which deserves no response whatsoever.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

It is not a straw man. It is hyperbole. Big difference. 

But the point stands. If a person in an online comments system is being disruptive or offensive, they have not right to be given a soapbox. If the target of the negativity does not want them there and feels the best way to get rid of it is to get rid of comments altogether, that is their right. No one should be forced to provide a soapbox to anyone.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

It is not a straw man. It is hyperbole. Big difference.

You might want to look up the definition of the word hyperbole. You posted a potential example as a means of trying to delegitimize my argument by thinking I'd agree with a situation with someone providing a physical disturbance and misrepresented the argument by inferring that an internet comment is the same thing- what you did not do is make an exaggerated statement as a figure of speech.

If a person in an online comments system is being disruptive or offensive, they have not right to be given a soapbox.

I agree. That's why blocking said user is useful. A blanket ban on commentary isn't necessary.

No one should be forced to provide a soapbox to anyone.

In the case of Anita Sarkeesian, if she means what she says when she says her videos are meant to inspire and espouse discussion on the topics she touches upon, then providing a platform for such dialogue should be integral, regardless of any nasty, immature and easily blockable commentary.

In the case of PDP, of course he doesn't need to provide a soapbox to anybody- nobody is forcing him to. Notice I'm not saying that he's obligated to keep comments on; just that his situation isn't dire and that turning them off for trivial reasons isn't a reasonable response.

In fact, I'd hazard a guess that he might find a severe drop in subscriptions if he lets it continue. Whatever minds find his... "humor" entertaining, they aren't going to be compelled to stick around if they don't have a forum to discuss and joke on regarding said video.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

Does Youtube have a way of moderating comments that I'm not aware of? I was under the impression it was an all or nothing sort of thing. And, if a producer is popular enough, moderating hundreds or thousands of comments would be a full-time job that they may not want to deal with (or hire someone to manage for them). Unless you're suggesting they set up a set explicitly to distribute their content that allows moderated feedback--which again, may be more effort and expense than they want to deal with, since that's not their job.

"It's not an insurmountable issue to solve" We're over a decade into the Web 2.0 era, and no-one has solved it yet in a way that scales. Youtube and Reddit and 4Chan certainly don't seem interested in doing so, at any rate.

"What, you think other LPers don't get the same kind of retarded, juvenile outcry forums on certain issues? Oftentimes when there's a big backlash there's a reason attached to it. PDP made a few rape jokes too many." Like I said in my first post, I think more producers should turn off comments, because most of the time the juvenile/hate-filled content overwhelms the positive or constructive comments. And the backlash can come from bad reasons as well as good--getting a lot of people riled up enough to yell about something on the internet isn't exactly hard.

I guess my expectations of these producers is different from yours: I watch their videos to be informed, or to be entertained. Once they've uploaded their videos their job is done as far as I'm concerned--they are under no obligation to engage further with their audience, and if I agree or disagree I share it with my social network and discuss it there. They're certainly under no obligation to take in feedback, constructive or otherwise, from the masses--your ability to post your opinion on their work doesn't obligate them to care about it, though it's amazing how many commenters think that empty box does give them some sort of authority. Care too much about what viewers think and you start to pander--we've seen that often enough in TV shows and movies, and we see it sometimes in internet shows when producers give too much credence to what their viewers say. Plus pay too much attention tot he vocal fans or critics and they start to feel entitled, which has its own problems.

I don't waste my energy watching Rush or Bill O'Reilly, because I know it'll just spin me up and make me mad, and they won't care what I have to say. I don't even watch PDP--I think I missed the memo that he was doing something interesting while watching Epic Rap Battles or Literal Trailers or the like. :p

In short, watch if you're entertained, or informed, or even outraged if you want to spend the time and energy. Discuss with your friends or on sites like this one. But don't think the producers "need" to allow your feedback--getting you to watch is all they "need" to do.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

I guess my expectations of these producers is different from yours: I watch their videos to be informed, or to be entertained.

Where it concerns LPers, my stance is "don't take your humor so goddamn seriously." Usually, that's how LPers treat their comments as well.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

^ Said in a comment.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

The irony is not lost on me. ;) But the traffic on GP is much lower, and thus the comments are much fewer and more prone to actual conversation. Most of the time. :p

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

Hah, indeed. A lot of it comes down to how comments are moderated, and the registration wall here does a lot to keep out drive-by trolls and spammers. A lot of other places (like pretty much every mainstream news site that allows comments) don't even seem to bother with quality moderation, and so they get flooded with trolls and ideologues.

Re: PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

Pretty soon he will be complaining about people on Twitter. 

 

 
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