Social Media Influenced or Influencers?
The highest paid earner on Youtube is not old enough to get a driver's license. In fact, he's nine his name is Ryan. His channel May twenty, six, million dollars last year and fact two of the top three global earners on Youtube are under ten years old. The third highest earner is a six year old Russian girl who brought in eighteen million dollars recently, lawmakers in France passed a bill that contained similar labor protections for child social, media stars as for child actors models while protecting kids is a laudable thing to do. It feels A. Bit Strange calling this new law a win several months ago in a breakpoint commentary, we discussed teenage pop music, Star Name Billy Irish who swept the two thousand twenty grammy awards are concerns about how island had been exploited to make money apply here too when childhoods are directed toward building media, empires, Young Youtube Stars in elementary age social media influencers earn money by broadcasting their lives online and then charging money for ad placements. All of this enabled, of course, by their parents and our society and especially weird but largely unquestioned societal norm is revealed in. All of this, our culture idolizes the concept of agency justifying almost anything by the capacity to act according to One's granted wishes all of our postmodern moral claims about sexuality hinge on agency. If an encounter was consensual, it was okay. If a baby is wanted, then it's really baby if a couple wants to stay married, they should if they don't, they shouldn't no other questions to be asked however does anyone actually believed that a six year old girl who thinks she's just playing at the park with her dad but his actually being broadcast and millions. Of Subscribers Online has agency isn't even possible for her to understand realize that she's the star of kindergarten version of the Truman show of course, not kids have no concept of the dangers that kind of publicity not to mention that kind of money can pose for her personal and relational wellbeing. In fact, we only need check in on Corey Feldman or Britney Spears to see just what should be obvious that people meant to protect. THEM AREN'T French lawmakers concerned about how hard they work as noble was at intention may be the people meant to protect. Children are their parents. Still the problem created here is two pronged on the other side of the camera. That's pointed directly in the faces of celebrity kids are other kids who are obsessively consuming their content and are sold on a wrong idea of what life is ultimately all about even more new netflix documentary reveals just how much the success of social media companies hinges on our loss of agency and the social dilemma. A handful of Silicon Valley engineers and former social media executives describe how successfully algorithms keep users on their sites for as long as. Possible the five videos that pop up in the up next column on Youtube are generated by an algorithm built by people who are trained in human psychology and determine what will interest you. The next video then plays automatically after intending to watch just one, we end up watching dozens and algorithms custom sell videos. Artificial intelligence can even create them writing in medium. John. Bridled scribes the infiltration of bought created videos for children on Youtube botts determine what videos kids are watching, and then create mashups of images, songs, and Buzzword Hashtags in order to keep them. Watching and no amount of gatekeepers or regulators can keep out those with nefarious intent including those who create videos of lovable cartoon characters doing horrifying things the new. York Times covered this dangerous phenomenon a few years ago in a peace with this headline on Youtube kids startling video slipped past filters. One tampered with video featured kids, cartoon character, pepe pig being literally tortured by her dentist. It showed up on Youtube S- front page when users type in just a few basic search terms thankfully youtube caught it and eventually removed it look at the very least. Parents must diligently monitor what their kids are watching online. However, we must diligently push back on those parts of our digital culture that are now going largely unquestioned cultures most powerful, not where it is the loudest. But in what it normalizes screen time worldview messages, the inept concept of consent and yes child celebrity isn't children bear the image of God they exist because he loves them not so that they could fulfill the