A YouTube channel which is just a teenaged guy sitting in a bedroom playing computer games while an army of disturbing dolls chant "Don't Forget to Like and Subscribe. Don't Forget to Like and Subscribe" and hands open boxes containing every possible consumer good

If you liked this toot and you want to see more of it, remember to click Like and Subscribe to my channel, now, right now, oh god, the Algorithm is watching us both, do it, do it before they put me back in the cell again, feed me those precious click points, if we don't obey the Algorithm we're all dead, you don't know what it's like in here, they watch our every move, the rations came late today and they were sour and mouldy and only my vast charisma can get me out, CLICK THAT BOX DAMMIT CLICK

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I don't even know what 'subscribing to a YouTube channel' *is". Why would I do that? It's a web page. If I want to go to it again, I bookmark it. (Actually I just leave one of my 5000 tabs open and then I search in my browser, but I totally could bookmark it if I still remembered how to raise the menu bar now that it's always hidden). What does subscribing get me? An email? In my email app? To tell me that a web page has refreshed? Do any of you people realise just how silly that sounds?

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@natecull .....It puts them all one one page, so I don't have to check every single page one by one for the several hundred channels I subscribe to, some of which only update once a year or so.

@Canageek but... That's the thing, if I subscribe to a thing now I feel this massive pressure to have to watch every thing, but if I don't, I can just quietly sidle away and nobody is they wiser. They don't know that I've become a Bad Fan Who Doesn't Consume Every Product and I don't have a burden of crushing expectations. It's a win-win!

@natecull Right, but shaming people who do use subscriptions to track lots of things so they don't miss things isn't nice? Implying we are idots for wanting all our videos in once place is kinda rude?

@Canageek @natecull did nate shame you for using subscriptions, or imply you are an idiot? he’s just talking about his setup (incidentally, also my setup) is incongruous with the presumed usage model

@garbados @natecull " What does subscribing get me? An email? In my email app? To tell me that a web page has refreshed? Do any of you people realise just how silly that sounds?"

So yeah, that pretty much says anyone who uses subscriptions is a silly idiot who doesn't know how the internet works

@garbados @natecull I don't like it when tech elitists, even ones I like, imply I don't' know what I'm doing and make categorical statements like that?

@Canageek @natecull not to speak for nate, but i really don’t think that’s what is happening. he talks about HIS model, and when you offer yours for comparison, he doesn’t say “that’s stupid” but “it doesn’t fit my model”, the subtext of which is that his model is ignored in software design because it hampers the monetization of surveillance.

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