YouTube: How money killed community spirit

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a topic that has slowly been spreading through the global YouTube community. The deterioration of the once blossoming and communicating YouTube community, into the world of money-hungry partnered content has been noted by many, but now someone has taken a stand and prompted many others to do so. The person I speak of is Andrew Bravener (AndrewBravener) and this YouTube revelation started with his video entitled “An Open Letter To YouTube”.

We’ve already had NZYT’ers join in this debate/conversation with video replys. These NZYT’ers include, Andrew (Strugsnotdrugs) and Rache (WizardNeedsFoodBadly).

I’ve watched quite a few of the video responses to Andrew Bravener’s video. But something no one has seemed to pick up on yet, is google adsense. The reason the community spirit died and YouTube dived into this money-hungry and fame-focused state is due to the introduction of YouTube partners, people who could gain money form advertising placed around their videos. Before the introduction of this the only motivation to be on YouTube was to have fun, express yourself, connect and communicate. But when the almighty corrupter of money came into the picture, the world of YouTube started to change. No longer did we see subscribers as friends, we saw them as numbers. Numbers which led towards an eventual profit.

Andrew Bravener seems to have reminded everyone of how youTube used to be. He’s reminded those that were there, and educated those that weren’t, and now we all have this image of communicatory awesomeness to head towards. All we need now is for this movement to pass through the community. More partners, with their huge audiences, need to make videos combating this issue. People need to be proactive and reactive. As Ghandi said “be the change you want to see in the world”.

I truly hope that Andrew’s video will bring about some sort of change, and that the community will stand up and support it.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont


An NZYT’er Ages: Happy Birthday Tahlia

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here and today I bring news of a great aging ceremony and a video to mark it. That’s right, Tahlia, one half of the vlogging duo SmjAndTqwee, has turned the ripe old age of 16, and in honor of this occasion I organized a wee NZYT Birthday collab video, the product of which is embedded below.

Involved in this wee collaboration were myself, Lisa (SmjAndTqwee), Marc (BarkMarc), Amber (TheLoyalBadger) and Tofu (theTofushow), along with an IRL [in real life] friend of Tahlia’s, Erin. Unfortunately, due to my last-minute organization Deborah (LaughItsGoodForYou) couldn’t get her clip in on time, so instead made a separate video, which I’ve embedded below.

Also, this collab video is the first NZYT collab of the year, which is pretty exciting. One collab video that will hopefully be followed by many more.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont

Another NZYT’er Connects!

hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a post on a new NZYT’er! It’s funny how NZYT’ers can coexist on the same platform, yet find weeks, months or even years to find each other. But today another NZYT’er made the transition from solo vlogger, to being apart of the community! George (shelobg) connected with Amber (TheLoyalBadger) today before emailing me, and he has now been welcomed into the NZYT community!┬áIt’s always great to have more NZYT’ers join our wee community, so be sure to direct any kiwi video makers towards this blog so that they can immerse themselves in the totally awesome NZYT community!

So now for a wee bit of information on George. He’s from the lovely Takaka and is 17 years old. He has English parents, which have given him his English accent, and he uploads regularly to YouTube. He recently finished a series he called ‘The Beach House Chronicles’ and has a new video out about a wee story from work. I hope you all go support this new NZYT’er and welcome him into this wee community

Thansk for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont