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“Mommy Blogs”: Parenting as Content

As lifestyle blogging and vlogging has continued to accelerate in popularity on YouTube and Instagram, “mommy blogs” or blogs about pregnancy, giving birth, parenting, and homemaking have been an ever growing phenomenon. On both YouTube and Instagram there are very large communities of moms and dads how post about parenting. It’s estimated that in 2014 …

Hasanabi and Politics on Twitch

Twitch is not often thought of as a political platform. For the most part, streamers are quite careful to keep there politics off of Twitch altogether. Most streamers are gamers, or in Just Chatting, and don’t want to risk upsetting a portion of their fan base that may not agree with their views. It’s no …

SBSK: “Normalizing the diversity of the human condition”

Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK) is a non-profit organization co-founded and run by Chris Ulmer, a prior special education teacher. A special piece of the non-profit is it’s YouTube channel, where Ulmer interviews kids and adults in the disability/neurodiversity community. Sometimes the interviews are lighthearted and silly and sometimes they’re more serious, but they’re …

MrBeast: Turning Views into Money

Jimmy Donaldson is a twenty-two-year-old YouTuber, better known by his handle MrBeast. While he’s achieved great success in the past few years, he’s hardly new to the YouTube scene. He started posting videos at the age of 13, and though they didn’t receive much attention at the time, he now receives millions of views per …

Fighting for Social Justice Online

Posts that help and hurt the movement If you haven’t noticed the protests erupting across the nation, you surely live under a rock! Following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, anger quickly grew among the African American and allied communities. Large crowds, in some places thousands of people, have gathered to …

Hate-Watching on Twitch

Hate-watching is not a particularly new phenomenon. I’m sure we can all conjure up a scene of an old-timey Shakespeare actor being booed off the stage while the audience runs to the nearest food cart to find something to throw (if you can’t picture this scenario, this Spongebob clip may help). This 2014 Vice article …

Jordan Peterson and the Pros and Cons of becoming an Online Influencer

Who is Jordan B Peterson? If you looked closely at the Alternative Network Influence map I shared in my last blog post, you may have seen a tiny dot to the upper right of Joe Rogan labeled “Jordan Peterson.” Jordan Peterson is a fifty-seven-year-old, Canadian clinical psychologist, social commentator, and an author of over one …

First Post for Blog Project

Overall blog theme: Internet culture, influencers, and spheres Blog post ideas (brainstorm): The Joe Rogan Experience (YouTube, podcast culture, “Intellectual Dark Web,” move to Spotify) Jordan Peterson (self help community, using other internet personas to market your ideas, do your own personal problems detract from the advice you give online) Hate Watching (what is it, …