It’s that time of the new year again! Time to ruminate on all the cool new YouTube trends that we completely despise, and then shout into the void about ending them.
Last year we spoke at length about bad pranks masquerading as “social experiments” in the hopes that people would stop giving them their views; but with the rise of people like Joey Salads and Trollstation, it’s only gotten worse. But hopefully we can nip a few of these ongoing issues of YouTube in the bud before they become the only thing the site is known for.
Strap in, opinions are happening.
Bad Storytime Videos
Yep, we know, they’ve had a massive surge in popularity over the last month as a meme; but we definitely don’t need to keep encouraging what is probably the laziest form of YouTube clickbait since the Great Reply Girl Scandal of 2009 (Even if half of them have “Not Clickbait” in the title. Where did that even come from?).
Dozens of creators are cashing in on new audiences’ need for a good story; and with actual storytellers like sWooZie, Liza Koshy and Olan Rogers making the format good, it was only a matter of time before others would use clickbaity video titles to turn it into their express ticket to YouTube notoriety.
Reaction Videos That Are Basically Just Theft
This one has admittedly quietened down a bit; and the mockery that was the Fine Bros’ attempt at trademarking the word “React” might have had a lot to do with it. But lest we forget, there was a dark period of YouTube this past year; in which genuine people earned millions of views from downloading other people’s complete content in full and then chuckling at it a bit. Truly a low point.
“YouTube Drama” As A Genre
YouTube drama has existed for almost as long as YouTube has; and since time immemorial, there has always been some boring person trying to capitalise on it with their own series. But it’s only in the past year or so that channels like Drama Alert, Leafyishere and iDubbbzTV have risen to prominence with their own baffling brand of reporting on the ins and outs of YouTuber gossip; often peppered with the odd lazy “TRIGGERED” meme or bigoted slur.
Usually not even happy to just weigh in on other people’s drama, these guys are often kicking off at each other for whatever reason of the day. One does wonder whether it’s not all entirely fabricated to boost their channels. Either way, leave it in 2016 (and leave the drama reporting to us).
MRA Troll Response Videos
YouTube officially phased out the “video response” feature a good while ago; but that hasn’t stopped some of the most antagonistic creators on the site from trying to “debate” with other users via their very public vlogs.
A large number of creators, usually whose videos usually skew towards the alt-right/MRA/anti-feminist movements, often freeboot videos from creators discussing feminist or social justice issues. But they’ll cherry-pick parts they can criticise or straight-up insult, then post the result on their upsettingly large channels as a “response” to the unsuspecting creator.
They know exactly what they’re doing when they say they want to “debate”, while signposting their army of trolls to lay waste to the original video’s comments; but there’s not much anybody, especially YouTube, can really do – everything they post to some extent falls under the “muh free speech” argument.