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.
In case you haven’t heard, YouTube announced that they would block small content creators’ access to their video monetization features effective immediately, as of this past Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Some of the most decorated men and women of the stage, each located in diverse locations of the world, are to be included in the fall line-up of great interviews Adrian D. Holmes will publish over the next four months as we count down to December 31, the release date for his upcoming album The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
Here is the current schedule:
Kaye Ballard, retired American actress - September 5, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)
Gary Sandy, American actor - September 17, 2016
Patricia Routledge, British actress - October 1, 2016
John Bolton Wood, Australian actor - October 15, 2016*
Simon Gallaher, Australian actor - November 5, 2016*
Estelle Parsons, American actress - November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving) *
George S. Irving, American actor - December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve)*
All dates with *asterisks* are tentative publication times, subject to change without notice. The interviews with Estelle Parsons, John Bolton Wood, and Gary Sandy have yet to be conducted; however, each have expressed interest and intend to complete the interviews soon.
We have reached out to several other public figures, including Maureen McGovern, Bonnie Langham, and others, all of whom are currently coordinating various other events, yet have expressed interest in these interviews. Other names are also being approached and will be announced as they are scheduled.
To remain up to date, check back regularly at AdrianDHolmes.com.
As if the excitement couldn't build anymore, Adrian D. Holmes and Skip Wilson Media are preparing to unveil the official cover art of Holmes's upcoming album The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
One week from today, on Thursday, September 1, 2016, the curtain will drop and the artwork will be revealed to the world for the very first time. No one has laid eyes on it beyond the immediate ADH Team.
Besides creating the actual music, promotion is arguably the most important aspect of any successful album release. That's why with the release of the album cover, we're also launching the promotional campaign for The Pirates as we continue the countdown to December 31st.
Stay tuned for more details.
(Oh, and by the way, the Kaye Ballard interview will go live on Labor Day!)
Twenty-three weeks from today, The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited will officially release on all major digital music stores. In preparation for the album, we have been reaching out to numerous stars who have been involved with various major productions of the operetta over the years, preferably for interviews, but also for statements and comments.
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