Since YouTube’s little algorithm surprise with the FUDasuit I’ve thought about jumping on the podcasting mic because there’s some meaty discussion I could have about what YouTubers exist for and what happens when you are a toxic person growing a toxic channel, but the unfortunate reality of the matter is if I respond at all within the YouTube ecosystem I’m playing right into FUDazar’s gimmick.
Sure, he may behave a bit more from time to time in-between rounds of clickbaiting and trying to be abrasive with his tech videos, but again – why should I put up with the baggage he brings with his nonsense when other tech channels are more consistently helpful and friendly?
Though it may run afoul of his narcissistic nonsense for me to say this, what FUDazar’s doing is nothing special, and by extension – he’s nothing special either. This happened long before his YouTube channel. It’ll happen long after his YouTube channel. Yet another reason why I’m framing my discussion of this sort of thing in terms of The Thing rather than The Person.
I posted this a long time ago in 2012, but this really old Rush Limbaugh interview has since been posted by other YouTubers identifying it as having been recorded in 1988.
People grow media presences in toxic ways because it works – both on old media and new media. Even within the YouTube ecosystem, the stuff I see from FUDazar is right in line with what I used to see from The Archfiend. However, if you go out of your way to make people mad, don’t be surprised when they do.
The other part of this that we should probably talk about is the wildcard of a toxic YouTuber’s audience. If you grow your channel via toxic antagonism, don’t be surprised when you end up with an audience full of trolls, even if you didn’t mean it. Note this rant from Armake21 about IrateGamer once upon a time. Sadly, both channels had demographics problems.
Armake in his chase after a piece of the AVGN pie wound up with an audience that routinely pestered him on his Discussion tab on his channels before he shut them down. IrateGamer also was infamous for his fans as well. If IrateGamer fans showed up on your channel it was all over. You could expect your comments sections to be even more of a cesspool than they usually were. In more recent years I’ve had these problems with fans of Silent Rob, and in the current FUDasuit I dug up the videos FUDazar’s opponent uploaded that had screenshots of things FUDazar fans were passing along.
However, because his lack of empathy and attention-seeking clickbait nonsense plant him firmly in Narcissist territory I can already tell you that the response from FUDazar on this is going to be that he’ll throw his hands in the air and in some way shape or form say that he can’t control the actions of his audience, or something along those lines. Again – seen it before, and so has the entertainment industry for the matter. This is precisely the reason why movies and TV shows have often been very tenacious with phone numbers. With people being people if you flash a phone number or something you can expect some morons out there to call it. Just do some digging on what this infamous song did to people who had a certain phone number… 🙂
Little surprise then that a YouTube audience will mess with businesses who are essentially doxxed by callout videos. 😦
All of this stuff though where he doesn’t take into account how he comes across to others or how his actions may affect others just points even more to a lack of empathy, and more reasons for me to not bother with his channel at all. Plus, given my experience with YouTubers unable to handle the audiences they attract, I can count on my more consistently good channels sticking around while these toxic folks may very well not be there after they tick off the wrong person and the wrong thing happens to them on YouTube. 😦
Now, where were we with other stuff I wanted to bother tossing in my two cents on… 🙂