Some of us talk about making a difference and some of us act. I, like many of you, was upset when I heard how YouTube planned to stop paying out to content creators who didn’t, in their view, have enough subscribers. This was yet another in a long line of dick moves made by the site we once all had such high hopes for. YouTube and Google dominate the Internet, and most people could care less about the plight of people like many of us who had hoped to monetize our work. It’s easy, then, to just shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, nothing more to be done.”
Thats not what Painkiller did though. After posting a savage take down of YouTube here on Manic Expression, Painkiller headed over to Facebook and created a Facebook page called Small YouTube Creators (find Painkiller on Facebook by his real name, Dan Crocker, to ask how to join). Its a place for all of us who have yet to break into YouTube’s select group of oh-so-special producers, support each other, and try to figure out some solutions.
I’ve known Painkiller since the old days on TGWTG, and this is very much in keeping with his character. A devoted father and a hell of a great guy, Painkiller is one of the reasons I wanted to start Manic Expression. I remember raging comments section where his reasonable remarks were twisted, sad little trolls that mocked him for how genuine he was with his feelings. He never gave up, nor did he back down. He was strong in the face of such ignorance, and I admired him greatly for that.
The world doesn’t own us anything. Many of us will never be YouTube stars. Manic Expression has produced a couple of people who’ve gone on to the big leagues, but thats out of thousands of members. Fame is a long shot, but it’s a shot we all should be allowed to take a swing at. Limiting who can and cannot monetize their content creates a system where no one can rise up and find an audience, and where Google can profit off the hard work we all do.
I don’t know what the answer is, nor does Painkiller. He’s just out there, offering a place for us all to go and try to figure something out together. I’ve always said that we’re stronger as a community on-line than we are as individuals. With people like Painkiller leading the way, we’re stronger still.