ConcentratedH2O, OM wrote:Sad times over at FfTB: Meyers has just posted the news that he is disabling comments on his YouTube videos. Instead, he is going to invite people to follow a link back to his blog to comment on the stories there.
Fuck! Have we damaged the poor old crank's credibility and viewership to the point where he's realized that YT commenters are actually on an intellectual level with The Horde?
Hehe! Poor old cunt.
Probably needs the money these views of his site will generate. Times are hard over at FfTB
He really only have one video up that get any traffic - the thunderf00t one. It was on it's way to getting a nice red lightsaber with something around 50-60% dislikes and steadily rising, and 8-9/10th of the comments were negative for a long time.
It's not about the revenue, it's all about silencing the dissenters and hiding the fact that these people have lost a lot of reputation among the "regular Joe" atheists, those people that for example just watch some youtube videos and leave a comment or two. Myers getting chewed out and a fat thumbs down in the comment section on his own video makes him lose face, and that's something he can't allow. He's basically using the same kind of logic as the typical creationist youtuber, who disable their comments and like/dislike bars for the exact same reasons.
FTB in general, and Myers in particular, seem to have a deep aversion to free discussion, where people are allowed to disagree and point out flaws and errors in the FTBers reasoning. FTB meet those sorts of things with various brute attempts to silence them, and not with reason and superior arguments of the kind that one would expect from people that are not only active, but even aspire to lead, in a community where reason, skepticism and logic are seen as the cornerstones for their world-view.
From their carefully moderated comment sections, to their attacks on other forums, to their false DMCA abuses, to trying to get the EVR blog shut down, to Greg Ladens RL harassments, their need to always control the discussion and to silence dissenters that threaten their narrative seem to be everywhere. Even the recent hate against SCA and Justin could be argued stems from a need for them to control what is being said, and who is allowed to speak.
I view Myers shutting down the youtube comments as a natural next step due to this thinking, and I'm surprised he even allowed them in the first place. It'll be interesting if the rest of the FTBers follow suit though, most of the people/videos connected to A+ and FTB on youtube are growing their own red lightsabers, even Matt Dillahunty is sporting something like 20-30% dislikes on his videos where he talks about A+...