Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Aug. 27, 2019 1 min read

Amazing to see streamers and gamers reaching new heights. Even just 5 years ago, there weren't high-profile role-models for young gamers. The internet & stimulus can rot your brain, but now a lot of young men in particular have someone to admire — someone to gain work ethic from.

I think Pewdiepie is equally as important for this story. The criticism was very much deserved. Deplatformable? No? 🤷‍♂️ Some of the reporting around it was also just out of touch, with these concerns & media clearly used as a tool in an advertising CPM bidding war against YouTube.

Really worth noting how these creators have evolved. We talk about the 4chans, toxic Reddit culture, NEETs, and incels, but we don't have a lot of solutions. I have as much sympathy for them as I do the young people that were radicalized online and become trapped inside ISIL.

Ninja & Pewdiepie not only succeeded as public gamers and influencers, but they succeeded in their lives too — and they displayed this to their audiences, some of whom may not see a way out. Happily married role-models that overcame mistakes & evolved.


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