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- December 6, 2023: YouTube's Plagiarism Problem
December 6, 2023: YouTube's Plagiarism Problem
This week on The Deep Dive: The shameless plagiarism by (some) creators on YouTube, why Cardi B had to put on a high-energy performance within weeks of giving birth, how The Exorcist simultaneously set the standard and ruined the Oscar dreams of horror movies to come, conservatives have been trying to fight Hollywood “wokeness” since World War II, and why you’re better off just booking a hotel.
And yes, I know about that plagiarism video by hbomberguy. It’s a long one, nearly four hours, so I’ll be watching and talking about it for the next edition of The Rabbit Hole, which will feature a brand-new podcast format! Upgrade today to get the episode this coming Monday. 🐰
Iilluminaughtii and the perils of lazy video essays by H.BurgerGuy (20:07)
If you plan on watching hbomberguy’s much, much longer video on the subject of plagiarism or plan on listening to the upcoming episode of The Rabbit Hole where I’ll be talking about it, consider this a warm-up. If you’re a grass-toucher who doesn’t have four hours to spare, think of this as barely scratching the surface. iilluminaughtii may not be the only creator on YouTube who has been accused of stealing content (far from it, in fact) but the channel is definitely among the most audacious when it comes to plagiarism – like, reading-directly-from-Wikipedia-pages-and-articles-without-citation audacious. If you’re not going to bother with any amount of research, why even make video essays? Oh right, money.
Peak of Career Pregnancy (and why we hate to see it) by Tee Noir (34:41)
From Cardi B to Keke Palmer to Halle Bailey, audiences immediately pass their judgments when it comes to black celebrities who turn up seemingly pregnant at the peak of their careers. Then, once they do give birth, they’re forced to go above and beyond to prove that motherhood didn’t dim their sex appeal. In this video, Tee Noir investigates the case of black celebrity motherhood from the lens of prude resistance and MILF madness in the cases of Cardi B and Beyoncé. What role does classism play in our treatment of pregnant black celebrities? And in a world that dismisses children and young people as a whole, can you blame Tee Noir for not desiring motherhood?
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Who Ruined The Exorcist’s Oscar Campaign? by Be Kind Rewind (45:38)
Why didn’t The Exorcist sweep at the Oscars despite its undeniable status as a blockbuster hit? To a 2023 mind, the answer is obvious: it’s a horror film, and horror films just don’t win Oscars. But from the perspective of the 1970s film industry, the movie’s Academy Awards bust was surprising, especially at a time when the biggest blockbuster hits of the year were almost guaranteed to dominate at the Oscars. In this video, Be Kind Rewind explains the massive cultural moment that was The Exorcist and how the film’s Oscars flop set the standard for horror films being excluded from the ceremony in the decades to come. What is The Exorcist? What’s the film’s underlying message, if it even has one at all? And is the Catholic Church…a fan?
The War on “Woke” Hollywood: A History of Blacklists and Strikes by Maggie Mae Fish (46:19)
If you think right-wing attacks on “woke” Hollywood is something that’s even remotely new, try again. For an industry whose unions made waves this year, there was a time when Hollywood was lashing out at any sign of labor activism and, god forbid, progressivism during the Red Scare. In this video, Maggie Mae Fish draws the throughline between Hollywood and right-wing politics, no matter how forward-thinking the industry pretends to be. How did McCarthyism set the stage for Hollywood in the decades to come? Why does the industry seem to be at the constant mercy of right-wing sentiments? And how did these blacklists leave us with content that’s afraid of rocking the boat?
Everything Wrong With Airbnb by gabi belle (47:19)
Whether or not you actually prefer it over hotels, Airbnb is undeniably crashing and burning. Between cleaning fees tenants don’t want to pay (for good reason), crackdowns from major cities, and headlines featuring horror stories that consist of everything from hidden cameras to squatters who refuse to leave for months, things clearly aren’t going well for our friends and foes over at Airbnb. In this video, gabi belle dives deep into all of these issues and more, including how disturbingly easy it is to list a property and how entire towns were built solely for Airbnb rentals. What’s the state of Airbnb today? And how did the short-term rental market go so off the rails?
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