Guys. I know, this is an odd post for me here. But I wanted to share this. Check out this video first…
OK. So, the guy who made this video is named Matthias. He’s a YouTuber with a pretty sweet following (1.5 million+ subscribers at the time of this post). If you aren’t familiar with him, he’s basically a short comedy entertainment channel, where he does silly things like test stupid apps, short skits, weird products, etc. Nothing on his channel is super heavy, it’s just good fun for a few minutes.
As you saw in the clip, some other guy on YouTube is urging people to push their favorite YouTubers to reveal who they plan to vote for, and to really badger them if they decide not to reveal that.
Matthias made this video to respond to that, and he did, in fact, have some people in the comments really push for an answer, Hillary or Trump. And he has responded to them by reiterating what he said in this clip.
So, why am I posting here? Simple.
What Matthias said is exactly right. Like film and TV celebrities, YouTubers are entertainers. They are providing a service to us, which is presenting us with their talents and performing for us for our entertainment. Somewhere along the line, people began to think these entertainers’ opinions held more weight than ours do. It became not only desired but demanded that they give their opinion on many things. And the reason giving is that their platform can influence so many.
And it can. But it shouldn’t. As a citizen of whatever country you live in, your job is to know what is going on around you. Your job is to know what your elected officials (or un-elected officials) are up to. If you do have the good fortune of being able to elect your officials, you should be educated on what those prospective officials believe and want to accomplish. When you make the decision to vote for someone, it should be based on what you know of them, not what celebrities, YouTubers, or anyone else told you. And that includes ads from those prospective officials, because they tend toward telling us why their opponent sucks instead of why they are the best person for the job.
Take the time to do your research without the leaning of anyone else. Come to your own conclusions – on everything. You should take nothing at face value, especially politicians. It would reduce the passing around of bad information from satire articles and it would go a long way towards getting the best people into office – or at least better people.
The opinion of entertainers is not more important than your own. In the end, only your opinion matters, and it should only matter to you! I don’t know who you are voting for, and truth be told, I don’t care. All I expect from you is that when you walk into that voting booth, you go in with knowledge you acquired from your own research, and not from entertainers. This blog is slanted. You know that. I am going to report on things that have to do with what I care about and what I believe, which is why you don’t find articles about how great Hillary Clinton is. But I did my own research to come to my decision about her. And I don’t expect nor want you to take anything here as the final word. I expect you to go to blogs slanted democrat, too. That is why people like me do what we do. Here’s what we have. If you don’t agree, fine. But have a reason other than your favorite YouTuber told you so. All I want to do is make sure you have easy access to one side of the story. Now go find the other side for yourself.
Aside from that, in the USA, it is still a secret ballot. You have the right to shout from the rooftops who you are voting for. But you also have the right to keep it to yourself, and you shouldn’t be badgered to tell people who you want to or did vote for. Honestly, I have had door to door pollsters come to me, and I always tell them I am voting for Jill Stein. I do that because first of all, who I am really voting for is none of their business – I don’t know them, and I don’t know that they are legitimate pollsters; for all I know they are looking for people voting for specific candidates to rob – and secondly… they might go home and look her up. Suddenly, they realize there are more than two candidates running, and maybe they’ll learn something. On the phone, I tell them I am writing in my dog.