Ever since YouTube opened its monetization market to upstart and popular content creators a couple of years ago, it has faced increasing scrutiny from its many partner advertisers. Last year, (in)famous internet star PewDiePie became one of the first major YouTubers to face strong disciplinary actions following a string of controversial actions taken on his channel, and now twenty-something American YouTuber Logan Paul has drawn similar heat for a poorly judged upload at the beginning of this year, allegedly featuring an actual corpse found within a “suicide forest” in Japan.
Although both YouTubers have apologized (somewhat) for their behaviors, YouTube has taken critical steps to assure advertisers that their brand investments are worthwhile and inoffensive to as large an audience as possible. In April 2017, YouTube announced that in order for channels to qualify for monetization, they much first achieve 10,000 lifetime views. Now in the wake of the recent Logan Paul scandal, YouTube has returned with even stricter guidelines, stipulating that all channels must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the 365 days to be eligible for monetization.
For many, this news is the last straw. Whereas the 10,000 lifetime views imposition was an inconvenience, the latest development is quickly being met with various sensations of disgust, disappointment, disillusionment, and even betrayal. A few days after Logan Paul had posted his now-infamous vlog from Japan, many viewers wondered if and when YouTube would respond to the heinous activity on Paul’s channel. Following nearly a week of stalling, YouTube indeed responded, but this time it answered in a way few were anticipating, and even fewer were prepared to embrace.
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of YouTube as we know it? Likely not; but we likely witness major shifts in who or what will become trending on the YouTube community.
Certain optimists argue that YouTube is returning to its roots. Back in the days of Ye Olde YouTube, people simply uploaded videos for the sake of sharing them. Money did not originally drive people to share. Perhaps we will see return to the original intent and heart of what YouTube was all about in the first place.
Regardless of the outcome, we will remain strong. This evening, Adrian tweeted this poignant message:
Perhaps some bad players will be eliminated, and maybe a few disheartened good ones, too; but it's also probably safe to say that those who are truly dedicated to their craft will remain, and will continue pressing toward the greater goal of success—a goal which seems ever more elusive yet ever more lucrative once it has been achieved.
For many, the holidays are a happy time of the year when they can find escape from the pressures of the daily grind; however, for others, the holidays are a recurring reminder of hard times, disappointment, and disillusion. Let me share some ideas about how to dispel and overcome disappointment during the holidays.
It’s official. The time has come for all Floridians to hunker down, as the meteorological lingo goes. Although according to Dictionary.com (link to definition), the term hunker down means “to squat on one’s heels,” an alternative meaning is “to hide, hide out, or take shelter.”
That’s exactly what we’re doing now here in Brevard County. We made our final excursion outside before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, and from what we can tell, most others in our area have done likewise.
At 3:30 PM, we streamed an impromptu weather report from Indiatlantic Beach via Facebook Live. This was after I shared a slew of Periscope broadcasts filmed this morning along the canals of Palm Bay.
I made a last-minute ration-run to my neighborhood Publix, and confirmed with staff that area Publix stores would be open until 6 PM tonight—the latest opening hours of any store in my area, to my knowledge. It is now after 8 o’ clock in the evening, so I presume 100% of commercial businesses in town are now closed. Additionally, most if not all churches and houses of worship will be closed tomorrow. Many have opted to take advantage of social media live streams from remote locations instead.
I’m afraid this blog post will be rather short. What more can I say? The whole world knows now that a major hurricane is hours away from making landfall. I don’t think I repeat that fact any other way to make any greater impact than what has already been made.
Allow me to apologize for not delivering a Facebook Live update yesterday evening. I am a teacher. My school announced today that it will be closed tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, and possibly on Monday as well, depending on how drastically conditions deteriorate due to Irma over the next ninety-six hours. Thanks to my abruptly lightened schedule, however, I should be able to share more consistent weather updates from my area beginning Thursday morning and on through the remainder of the work week and into the weekend.
I could have posted another live video yesterday had I really been driven to do so. But I’ll be quite honest: with the projected track of Irma shifted every several hours, I am rather glad now that I didn’t spin my wheels to make another video, when whatever I would have said yesterday would end up becoming moot today, thanks for the 2:00 PM AST update from the National Hurricane Center.
Despite the ever-shifting imbroglio waged by various media outlets both large and small over the past forty-eight hours, I have consistently reminded my readers and fans that Irma had a modest but viable chance of missing Florida altogether. And now, armed with the latest data from the NHC, I feel confident enough to predict that we have already witnessed the worst that Irma will bring and that we should not experience anything near the intensity of what has already been faced by the various island nations in the Caribbean.
What Are The Facts?
The reason why I even bother to update my readers and fans is because you are the ones who told me you care. I have received numerous emails, texts, and private messages requesting news on the current situation in my area, so out of courtesy to those concerned, I want to keep you informed—minus the sensationalism the media seems to be invoking.
Let us, then, begin by asking the very important question, “What are the facts?”
Tuesday night I shared several facts about Hurricane Irma at the time. Today, more facts are known, thus expanding our discussion. I have listed the most important ones as follows:
Well, it looks as though the situation with Hurricane Irma went down today, folks.
This morning, the National Hurricane Service in Miami declared that the major hurricane churning through the unusually warm waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean achieved Category 5 status, with sustained wind speeds maxing out around 185 mph by the late afternoon, just in time for the 5 o’ clock update.
Our thoughts and prayers are needed by millions of people in the path of the storm tonight, as Irma is expected to make landfall in several island nations early tomorrow morning. The list includes Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla. Tomorrow afternoon, Puerto Rico and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands are up next to contend with the major storm, with essentially zero time or resources left to prepare or evacuate.
Puerto Rican Landfall
We reported last night that the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, declared a state of emergency for the island. Today, he tweeted a copy of his letter to President Trump requesting a declaration of emergency for Puerto Rico and allocation of “FEMA resources” to the territory ahead of the storm.
This evening, he also tweeted about his appearance on the Weather Channel, sharing last minute tips for those who may be stuck on the island and elsewhere in Irma’s immediate vicinity.
The population of Puerto Rico is just shy of 3.5 million, and the populations of Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla are 100,000; 50,000; and 15,000, respectively. This sets the number of people directly affected by Hurricane Irma within the next 24 hours at around 4 million, comparable to the population of the state of Oregon.
Mainland U.S. Landfall
Believe it or not, there is still a ray of hope for the continental United States. Despite what the media appears to be highlighting, there is still a modest chance that Irma will not make landfall in peninsular Florida—at least not directly—and a smaller, yet viable, chance that Irma will miss Florida entirely.
Regardless of the outcome, it pays to take no chances and to prepare for the worst. Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, has ordered a mandatory evacuation of all tourists and visitors beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at sunrise, around 7 AM, with mandatory residential evacuations beginning soon after at time yet to be determined. Area hospitals have already initiated evacuation plans for patients and the mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, has called for the evacuation of all special needs residents in his area to evacuated, and for all other residents to stand by but be prepared to move.
No matter what happens, remember God is with us all. We must remain steadfast and ready, in case this situation deteriorates even further. I don’t see a major reason why it would, but we never know for sure until the storm shows up, if it does. Remember, be anxious for nothing and pray. That’s all we really can do right now. Pray. Seriously. Please do.
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