I kinda forgot to respond so I'll just keep it pretty short.
Me condemning these right wing channels does not mean I don't feel the same way about those on the left. Even though I think it's probably not as dangerous on leftist channels like TYT, my point remains the same. Influencers definitely hold some ethical responsibility for the people they influence and they should take a stand against the proliferation of shitty and extreme attitudes amongst their following. I think I already made a pretty strong case as to why that is.
Batch his post also said that people who are looking at guns, influencers and online platforms are ignoring the problem. My response to him deliberately ignored the Clinton part because I agree that stuff like that is pointless but gave an explanation as to why it's perfectly reasonable to consider how those other things might be part of the problem. You must've misread if you think Batch only criticized the Clinton stuff and that I defended that as genuine solutions being sought.
Just to be clear: I'm not advocating that we just ban these channels. I'm simply calling for personal responsibility. If you're a content creator who makes hyper-partisan, biased and misleading videos with the aim of riling people up, deepening the divide and validating the prejudices of a group which you rely on financially while skirting around controversy and cooperating with more extreme people? So be it. But I'm just as free to call them out for being problematic asshats who play a major part in this post-truth and highly divided society where people absolutely are introduced to radical and extreme beliefs through their content, and that they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so little to combat it because they reap the benefits.
There's quite a few things here. Bannon
talking about how content creators like Milo bring in people through things like Gamergate that are turned onto Trump and more radical politics. Former actual white supremacist leaders
commenting on how they infiltrate these communities to recruit people. Very detailed overviews
of the "alt right playbook" on how normalizing things like racism and sexism gets impressionable people down the rabbit hole. Stormfront leaders
writing about how platforms like Reddit are convenient breeding grounds to radicalize people, and so on. To me, that's at least some decent evidence that these people really do target impressionable people who have just entered these communities.
And again, I don't particularly care about Pewdiepie. His name just came up because he was literally referenced by a man just before he massacred 50 innocent people, so I gave a pretty concrete example of what he could say to his community to distance himself from any radicalization. He won't, though, because he's well aware a significant portion of his followers wouldn't be happy with it.
All I'm saying is that these people should take some more personal responsibility - not that they are directly accountable for these kinds of attacks. That influencers like Tim Pool (who definitely has more than just some right wing sympathies in his content and puts out poorly informed and charged content) should take a good look at their own community and, perhaps, realize that they really do foster some vile and extreme views among their fanbase. That they do nothing to promote tolerance or open a fair dialogue where truth and understanding are the goal, but that they just validate people's prejudice, fan the flames and cater towards a community that's just itching for any ammunition to vilify and attack "the other". That their extremely one-sided, unbalanced and often misleading content (which usually values sticking to the narrative over accuracy and fairness) is part of a much larger problem to which they directly contribute, and that people are absolutely justified in calling them out over it. And that, like it or not, the term "influencer" really does mean that they actually influence thousands of people who - often uncritically - take their word on face value and absolutely do run with the sentiment behind their videos, and that their actions do matter.