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Logan Paul Youtube Controversy… Story by Catherine Ross

Logan Paul is back. The YouTube vlogger posted a seven minute video about suicide prevention and awareness on January 24, 2018 It featured a man named Kevin Hines, who when he was 19 years old, jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the video, it talks about suicide and how large of an influence it actually has in the United States. But, even though this video is trying to promote suicide lifelines and helping those who may be struggling with those dangerous thoughts, people are torn over the fact that this might just be a well time PR video for Logan to bring back his career.

On December 31st 2017, right before the New Year, Paul posted a vlog while in Japan which showed a man who had recently committed suicide in the alleged ‘Suicide Forest’ on the northwest side of Mount Fiji. The video was up for around 24 hours, even hitting the top ten trending list before it was removed from the platform.

Late Reactions- Even after the video was flagged and reviewed, it still was up without an age restriction before being taken down later that day. Photo by: Kavos YouTube channel
Late Reactions- Even after the video was flagged and reviewed, it still was up without an age restriction before being taken down later that day. Photo by: Kavos YouTube channel

The video caused the 22 year old to receive a lot of backlash and the removal from Google Preferred ads, as well as putting his various YouTube projects on hold. Paul issued two apologies for this video, which included a Twitter apology and YouTube video. He later went on a three week hiatus. During that hiatus, his younger brother, Jake Paul, made a video on January 23, which hinted at the fact that Logan would be able to recover his career despite this mistake.

Which brings us to his current video. Though the video has pulled over nine million views in 22 hours, it’s still up for debate whether or not Logan Paul will change his attitude and how he deals with life and others. But is it really all Paul’s fault for his behavior? The answer that first comes to mind might be yes, of course he’s responsible for his behavior, but YouTube isn’t entirely innocent when it comes to the young vlogger. Both Paul brothers have been known for their ‘loud and obnoxious’ videos and personalities, doing pranks to neighbors and just having that wild and reckless behavior in general. YouTube never seems to do anything about it. It seems that the YouTubers are the ‘golden boys’ of the platform and get away with most of the things they do without getting trouble for it.

Now YouTube and the Paul brothers can’t be the only ones getting blamed from this unfairness. The subscribers of both channels are guilty as well. By constantly watching the videos they bringing more revenue to the Paul brothers, giving them more material to make more videos. The subscriber demographic for both channels is as young as eight years old, which makes them very impressionable, and unable to always know or process what the videos are actually doing or what actions they are promoting.

Even with the Suicide Forest video, YouTube allowed the video to be up for a day without adding an age restriction to it, before it was removed. Since the video had been flagged, YouTube had to manually review it to see why it was flagged, and even then, they still kept it available for all ages before it was later taken down. YouTube’s actions against Paul weren’t instantaneous, Google having pushed for a ‘punishment’ if you will first by removing Paul from their Google ad tier program. It took time, but YouTube eventually put a hold on Paul’s programs and stopped his income from the platform. Though, where these late reactions the correct ones to take?

The Apology- This was the Twitter apology letter that Paul posted on January 1st of this year. Photo By: Njtechreviews
The Apology- This was the Twitter apology letter that Paul posted on January 1st of this year. Photo By: Njtechreviews

YouTubers are known to make mistakes, whether it’s from things like racist jokes and comments, being inappropriate in general, or plain disrespectful in other countries. The fact that Logan Paul was able to have a video up which showed the body of a man who had committed suicide shows that the platform has issues with the staff. It currently is having people manually view and filter videos now, and the possibility of a video such as Paul’s being posted again is slim to none, but will videos that should have age restrictions or be taken down be left up for anyone to see? YouTube has a very heavy influence over the younger generation and the videos can change the actions of someone if they are of that impressionable age. So should more videos be filtered and have age restrictions? Should certain YouTubers be allowed to post on the platform? It’s a grey area, but YouTube seems like they are trying to make it a safer place for all people, and viewers can only wait and see what the future holds.

If you or someone you love/know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please contact someone who can help, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). This is available 24 hours every day.

What is a Meme? How can one make a Meme?… Story by Bailey Stapleton

What is a meme? A funny Internet post? A picture with text at the top mentioning something funny? A remix of a movie? To understand what a meme is we need to look back to the beginning of YouTube, 2005.

In February of 2005, three men who were former employees of PayPal came together to create a website where people could upload home videos of random things ranging from comedy to Christmas morning gift openings; this service was called YouTube. YouTube was an innovation never seen before allowing many to share their videos with the world. This is also where the first “meme” appeared.

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Never Gonna Give You Up… Rick Astley likely featured in the very first internet meme, and this re uploaded video has over 300 million views

It’s not exactly sure what the first “meme” was, but many speculate it to be the famous “peanut-butter jelly time” banana which appeared on Newgrounds.com in 2002 and became more widespread because of YouTube. However, many believe the first meme was actually Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” a 1984 single that was turned into a “Rick Roll” because of the song’s common appearance on YouTube people began to troll people by mistitling videos with the song appearing instead of the title name hence the first widely seen meme.

But, what is a meme? Usually a meme is a funny parody of an educational cartoon or even a children comedy evolved to be more funny for adults and trends happening. One such of these is the tv show “Lazy Town” which stars humans and puppets on their wacky adventures in the town of Lazy Town. Users from 4chan and YouTube have taken their time to primarily make two characters the center of recent memes “Robbie Rotten” and “Stingy the puppet”. Basically the Robbie Rotten meme is based around the song he and his hench men sing called “We are Number One.” Internet Users have used these songs and remixed them or have added other sound effects rather than the regular song, essentially creating what we know as a meme.

Mr. Webber's Meme... Several students have had the honor of featuring in Mr. Webber's meme debut
Mr. Webber’s Meme… Several students have had the honor of featuring in Mr. Webber’s meme debut, an entirely original production

But how does one make a meme? Many have theorized how a successful meme is created, but usually memes are created based off of three main components. First, there are trends—trends are essential while creating a meme so it can appeal to the masses and not just a certain group of individuals. Next, you must follow the ways of memes past—as many say, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. You can reuse the same picture another poster has used and just retitle the text above or make a different remix of a funny meme you see going around.

Finally, social sharing is key to spreading your meme and creating a successful meme. One way to do this is by sharing the link to your meme to your friends, and if your friends find it funny they might share it with their friends and onward. If you don’t have friends, YouTube or even IFunny are great ways to share your meme with others and will spread by themselves through these networks. The most important thing, however, is to give credit to whoever helped you with the meme or if your meme is a reuse of someone else’s meme.

Because of the attention of this article, Bird Eye News have decided to create a meme contest in which students can take part in. All you have to do is email your meme and how you came up with it to FBCSjournalism@gmail.com; the winner will be announced one week after this article is published. Our favorite “memester” will receive a lunch for themselves and one friend, paid by the Bird Eye News.

 

 

What’s New with Bird Eye News?… Story by Isaac Solly

This last year has seen quite a lot of growth with our schools Bird Eye News, and as with any evolving group we have seen some major changes of late. Last trimester, our former editor Lauren Stidham left Forrest Bird. We have taken this vacuum to try and coordinate our editor services better and produce a higher amount of content for the last trimester.

The role of story editor has been split into two co-editors working independently with their own group, Jada Giddings and myself, Isaac Solly. Because of our aforementioned growth, Bird Eye News now hosts fifteen students—too much for a single person to manage at weekly publications.

Bird Eye News on Youtube… Our channel now features comedy, news, and student pieces
Bird Eye News on Youtube… Our channel now features comedy, news, and student pieces

We also hope to show off some new features on our website this trimester, including more involvement from the student body in the Bird Eye News. A new editorial page will be shown in the near future where we open up issues and articles to student responses. This page will also include opinionated pieces from the journalism class meant to spark a friendly debate. Short stories and student work from classes (including art) will be showcased here—another reason to get involved and read the Bird Eye News.

As well our story teams, Bird Eye News has revamped our respective YouTube channel. Our video department was created last year and has grown from the Harrison report into a large variety of featured shows, all of which can be found on our channel. To help us manage this, Leah Roth has become our video editor along with an expanded group of video makers who hope to increase our content stream on the site.

Hard at work… The film crew prepares for next week’s publication
Hard at work… The film crew prepares for next week’s publicationgroup of video makers who hope to increase our content stream on the site.

 

Bird Eye News is also open to sharing student hobbies and creations on our YouTube page. For example, Bill Morton’s “The Upside Films” videos (which many students are involved with) will have a playlist on the channel. We welcome FBCS students with any other videos that they would like to share with more publicity to approach the journalism class, so we can discuss featuring them.

 

The journalism class is extremely happy that so many people have been watching our videos or reading articles on the site, and we look forward to showcasing even more student work and having a higher quality and supply of pieces to come.