While it’s no real chore skipping past the ads that play before most YouTube videos, it hasn’t stopped users from moaning about them over the years. However, there may soon be another way of enjoying YouTube without screwing over content creators by installing an evil ad-blocker. Paid YouTube subscriptions are on the way, but will you pay?
Selfish Selfie Stick SoBs
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Should We Do About Selfie Sticks?”
Out of a total of 242 votes, 31.4% chose Nothing, personal freedom is paramount, 29.8% chose Nothing, they’re only a bit of fun, 16.5% chose Ban them because they’re annoying, 15.7% chose Ban them because they’re dumb, 4.1% chose Other, and 2.5% chose What is a selfie stick?!
This suggests the majority of our readers believe nothing should be done about selfie sticks, with 61.2 percent voting that way. Just 32.2 percent of our readers would like to see selfie sticks banned, while 2.5 percent haven’t got a clue what a selfie stick even is. The lucky SoBs.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Andy H, Fik of Borg, and Jayce. Comment Of The Week goes to Robert O, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I once took a “selfie” pic of myself lying in a hospital bed, with IV tubes coming out of my arms, and oxygen tubes coming out my nose, just because….. I don’t know why. I thought it was a bit amusing, actually, proving I was close to dying. I didn’t have a selfie stick, but if I did, I probably would have used it. And then died.
Why do we do this sort of stuff? I think it’s generally harmless fun, and really, as long as it’s not intrusive on anyone else, it’s not that big of a deal. But really… why do we do this sort of stuff? Are we really that self-absorbed? The correct answer is: yes.
I’ve looked at some of the responses to this question here, and some people have remarked “why not just ask someone else to take a picture for you?” Well, I (like probably most people) would happily take your picture for you, but other people might not be so obliging. In fact, asking a stranger to do you a favor might be considered intrusive to their goings-about! And if you’re in a foreign country, what’s the social protocol to ask? Some strangers might even be hostile, or even steal your camera! You never know.
I think most people do it just to document that they did something, experienced something, enjoyed something, or survived something, without troubling someone else to do it for us, or forcing an interaction with a stranger, or… leaving a “close one” out of the picture because they’re the “designated photographer.” I say this as someone who has probably had three photographs taken of me in the last 15 years, but I think I understand. You want documentation that you’ve actually LIVED! As long as you’re not whacking someone else in the face with a selfie stick, it’s not a big deal. It’s a definite “first world problem” to complain about such a thing.
Just don’t make “duck lips” while photographing yourself, please.
We chose this comment because it offers a comprehensive take on the whole subject of selfies and selfie sticks. It’s also an entertaining read, and the last line actually made me laugh out loud… the duck lips pose is truly preposterous.
From YouTube to YouPay
YouTube is rumored to be planning to offer paid subscriptions by the end of this year. These subscriptions, rumored to cost around $10-per-month, will remove the adverts, allowing viewers to support their favorite YouTubers without needing to click ‘Skip Ad‘ after five seconds.
It’s a promising idea, but whether YouTube will be able to persuade enough people to pay up to support content creators remains to be seen. We want to know your feelings about the possibility of paid YouTube subscriptions, so please take a few moments to vote in the Poll below.
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you already block ads all across the Web, making it pointless to pay for an ad-free YouTube? Or do you see the value in paying a monthly subscription for accessing YouTube?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.
The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.
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