Who survives the great purge on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and who does not? It’s an interesting question. If being banished from YouTube is the end of your career then I guess the ranks will be significantly thinned next year. Apparently, the powers that be want to go this way. It will be interesting to see if anyone steps into the breech with a platform that functions enough like YouTube to provide a revenue stream to those dispossessed from the mainstream sites. As demonstrated by the YouTube shooter, some people can make a living (of some sort) from YouTube popularity alone. I myself, not having a presence on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, am currently outside the influence of the conventional social media networks. But there are quite a few people who earn a living off of the advertising that a YouTube site generates. Will these people simply disappear or will they attempt to self-monetize via paid subscriptions or some other mechanism? This is a pretty important question. People talk a lot about building new platforms for the right but actually getting one up and running is much easier said than done. Being forced to do it will be a painful and difficult ordeal. But if anyone does make the transition it will be an important beachhead that will provide that person a significant advantage. If he can make the service available to others it will be a virtual monopoly since I doubt a second conservative social media entrepreneur will spring up to challenge it.
Or maybe YouTube once put outside the reach of conservatives will be bypassed as a concept. After all, podcasts and website-based subscriptions are easy enough to do. No one has to use the YouTube model. Personally, I like the idea of a podcast type arrangement. I don’t currently do anything behind a paywall but I actually think it’s the arrangement that makes the most sense. If you have something of value people will be willing to pay something for it. The negotiations will of course be how much. I have in the past subscribed to a few of these. But I am very interested to see which way all this goes. In some ways, it seems the folks at YouTube and Twitter may be making a big mistake. If they do force the Right to become self-sufficient on their own platforms it might actually strengthen them and remove the leverage the Left currently has and uses against the Right to great effect.
I really feel the Right Wing has been very ineffective up until now exploiting the power of the internet commercially. It’s shocking how little has been done to challenge the media monopoly the old media enjoys even over the internet. Basically, a handful of sites make up the bulk of right wing opinion. Hopefully this will improve in the next few years and we can hope to see less reliance on Fox News and Drudge. Even Real Clear Politics seems to have way too much left wing editorial positioning and not enough interesting voices from the Right. American Greatness is good but voices from even farther to the Right should be included to capture the range of ideas that need to be considered.