Politics is Taboo
Politics and JTV don’t seem to be such a great match. I was looking for a stream with working audio this morning and decided to look into Dealer’s room. I have not been in there since he put up the Adult Content gate, but was curious to see which channels were audio-capable. Alan was asleep, but the chatters were “vocal.” The discussion I walked in on was political in nature. Both major parties were “represented” with supporters for each weighing in. The Dem’s seemed to outweigh the Repub’s, but I didn’t run a poll.
From what I saw, some of the regulars did not want to have to be subjected to reading chat that included political discussion of any sort and at one point, one of the chatters suggested the group take the discussion to one of the channels with a girl on cam asking for donations to see how it would be received. And off the group went. The channel they opted for was missing their lifecaster for a minute when the discussion began. It appears she was getting ready to head out for the day, but when she came over to the computer she did not seem pleased with the conversation going on in chat. It was nothing more than a, “Who would you vote for? Would you vote for Hillary? I miss Bill, darn it,” kind of chatter, but it was clear she was unhappy. I’m not sure — what was she hoping for in the room? Talk about her? How pretty she is? Chat about how much people were going to donate? Maybe a request or two to put a shoe on her head? Or perhaps she just wanted to be asked to remove some clothing rather than adding a shoe to her wardrobe?
What resulted was unhappiness with the “grown up” discussion and a call for help to which a mod quickly responded and quickly banned most everyone that mentioned anything about politics. There wasn’t a vulgar word in the room. Nothing angry. There wasn’t a spammer or upper case offender in sight. It was merely an ultra ban because the lifecaster didn’t want people talking politics in her room and the mod obliged her every wish.
Ok it’s her room. She’s the channel owner. If she doesn’t want topical discussion who are we to object, but the reason I bring this up is for a bigger, broader reason. A reason that has nothing to do with JTV other than much of the demographic of the viewers seems to be about half my age and from what I see, not all too interested in the future — yet. This is the generation of our future leaders. And yes. I was interested and active in my future at that age. Hell, I was interested and active when I was in college. I didn’t need to enter my 30’s to realize I had a responsibility to at the very least, be informed about what was going on around me.
Ok, maybe I should not make a rash generalization about this lifecaster. Maybe she spends hours reading newspapers and watching pertinent news programs on broadcast televions and is well read and informed and lifecasting is her way to forget the troubles of the world for a little while everyday. What do you think? Want to weigh in? Leave a comment and we’ll compare notes.