Well there are a few things I've really wanted to talk about so let's try and get through some of them as fast as we can.First of all Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie.
I have actually wanted to make a journal just about Felix for a while now and I'll get to that another day but the reason why he's such a big deal lately is because of the fact that the Indian Vevo channel "T-Series" might outdo him in subscriber count soon. Felix is still the most-subbed person on YouTube but a few months ago, it was predicted that T-Series would outdo him in November. They are catching up to him, though, about a week ago, tons of people, including other famous YouTubers like Markiplier banded together to spread the word of this and just as T-Series was closing in fast, the gap started to get wider. Before this happened, they were about 100,000 subs away from beating him, now it's over 1,000,000. Felix currently has about 76,154,975 and T-Series has 75,121,502 at the time I'm writing this. Those numbers could go up substantially depending on when you read this.
You may wonder why this is such a big deal and I'm sure plenty of you are getting really annoyed with seeing "Subscribe to PewDiePie" all over the internet or coming out of your printer
, but this is a big deal because it's symbolic in a way. I'll talk more about this on my post about Felix but part of why he remains relevant to this day and why people want him on top is because he's an authentic person. He started out as a typical YouTube celebrity who did something that a lot of us wondered how he could get famous for it (Let's Plays) but in the past few years, he's been changing a lot. Felix has been more honest with his audience saying he wants to do less gaming and diversify his channel with things like You Laugh You Lose, Meme Review, Pew News, or just about anything random that comes to his mind like reacting to crazy stuff on Reddit. I don't know much about T-Series but they are a huge corporate entity and having them be on top doesn't feel right to the vast majority of YouTubers because it symbolizes how those types of channels have just taken over YouTube and that's all the website is about now.
YouTube's slogan is supposed to be "Broadcast Yourself" and the "You" in it's very title is supposed to represent exactly what it says. It was meant to be a place where anyone can make videos from their own house, follow their passion and even make a living off of it. It wasn't supposed to originally be a place for big businesses to just nose their way in and take all the hard-earned cash that these smaller creators deserve. They already have plenty of ways of making money but now they're practically stealing it, especially with videos being claimed by companies despite being protected by fair use
. People can have their videos demonetized for simply mentioning the hurricanes that have been happening because YouTube has a problem with making money off of tragedies for some reason but a Jimmy Kimmel video does the exact same thing and gets away with it.
Whether you like Felix or not, his place as the most-subscribed YouTuber remains symbolic of what YouTube is supposed to be and who it is supposed to be for. YouTube should be controlled by it's users, not big business. If Felix can remain #1 and stay ahead, this will empower us smaller creators and even though he has admitted that he won't mind if T-Series beats him, I'm sure he understands that.Speaking of which, let's move on to Rewind YouTube.
Well we've already established how big businesses are taking over YouTube and the small creators are being trampled on, and the latest Rewind YouTube video further proves that. I just watched the video and everyone is right: it is abject horror.
I liked the custom animation (animators need more love), Lucas the Spider, the dog, the baby shark thing and Markiplier being in there but that's about it. Fortnite was bound to be in there somewhere to a point where I would have just rolled with it but there was way too much of it. The social justice talk got really annoying, the drag queens made my eyes bleed, and I think the worst part was seeing Trevor Noah and John Oliver doing Fortnite Dances. Not only was it cringey, it just goes back to what I said about how big business is overshadowing the smaller creators that this site was designed for. I don't hate these guys but what business do they have being on YouTube? They didn't start off on YouTube and they're already making enough money from their own brands to begin with! They're just taking over all the views and money and whenever they break rules that smaller YouTubers would normally get penalized for, they get away with it scot free! This might be biased of me to say but I personally don't think that such people should get monetization the way the smaller regular creators do. They could sponsor YouTube and therefore be in the ads but I don't think they should make money off of having their own content being on it. Again, that might sound biased but YouTube was not made for them. Period.
Well I'm rambling and I don't think there's much more I can say about this that I haven't already said in the PewDiePie section. You already know what the problem is with YouTube. I just wish that we could have a better video-sharing site that can compete well with YouTube. I had hoped for a while that they would bounce back and listen to the people but it's gotten to a point of no return for me. YouTube is dead. You can't change my mind.
On a better note, Grandayy made this more appropriate version of Rewind YouTube that I highly recommend
.And now what better way to end this with a little more cringe: The Sonic movie design.
Look, the movie isn't out yet and we don't even know the plot or anything so I can't judge based off of any of that, but I must say, this design looks totally ugly.
His arms and legs are too human-like and even though it's a silhouette, the whole thing is just entering uncanny valley territory. I hope that his face is at least accurate enough but I feel like they screwed that up too.
I mean come on, look at Pikachu in the new Detective Pikachu movie coming up! He's realistic and has visible fur and stuff but he's still close enough to how Pikachu looks in the art of Pokemon to begin with and it's not ugly or uncanny valley.
How could you say no to that face?! With how good this turned out, was it really that hard to do Sonic? No idea who did the designs for that movie but holy crap do they need to delay the release to take time to redo things cuz this is looking to be an absolute disaster of a movie. Even if the movie is actually good in terms of story, pacing, and acting and stuff, it's going to get massive complaints for the designs.
The irony of the situation is, I actually obsessed over the idea of a live action Sonic movie as a teenager and I drew my own designs but I don't have them with me right now to show. I might have thrown them away cuz I cringed when I look at them but after seeing this, I love them now! If I can find them, I might show them but I might just try to draw my own version for the fun of it to show everyone. A lot of artists are doing that and I feel I should join in.
Welp, there ya go. Subscribe to PewDiePie, YouTube sucks, and Sonic got run over by a truck and lived. 2018 is ending on quite a high note!