- Written by Austin Wendling
- Category: Opinions
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Does context matter? If you say something in a sarcastic tone should it be taken literally or as a joke? That is the question that has been asked about a certain YouTuber’s videos in the past few weeks.
Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a PewDiePie, a.k.a the biggest star on YouTube, also the highest earning YouTuber, has not had the best time recently. Felix is a Swedish YouTube comedian who has grown in popularity over the years and has recently come under fire for a few recent videos he has posted on his YouTube channel.
The first video he posted was about showing what people will do for five dollars. He used the Israeli website Fiverr which is, in non complicated terms, a website that allows you to send money to people if they do a job for you and post a video of the job being done on the site. So what did he do?
He used the site and had people from a town in India to dance with signs saying “Death to all Jews, subscribe to Keemstar.” The joke was intended to joke about how a fellow YouTuber is anti-semitic. In the video he apologized, thinking they wouldn’t really do it, but he did post the video in the end so see that as you will.
In another video he used Fiverr and had a man dress up as Jesus and say how Hitler did nothing wrong. Again this was all intended to be a joke and to show what people would do for money.
Now after these two videos were posted, the tidal wave of hatred that had been growing over time came rushing for him. The first news organization to write about this was the Wall Street Journal and after that more media sites followed. Disney who was a sponsor of Felix dropped him and YouTube also went and canceled the up and coming YouTube Red show “Scare PewDiePie,” which was celebrated by many haters of Felix that have sprung up in the past few weeks.
The people that were in the videos had their Fiverr accounts taken down. Felix then argued on their behalfs and they have now had their access to the site reinstated. So does that show that Felix knew what he was doing wrong, or was he simply taking the blame knowing that it was his fault that they had come under fire.
Now everyone is coming out in either defense of Felix or is persecuting him. There are many YouTubers that have come out in defense of Felix, stating how he is a comedian and people shouldn’t have taken him so seriously. Ethan Klein of H3h3 Productions, a jewish YouTuber, has made a video defending Felix stating how the media has taken things out of context. Making Felix seem like the Nazi that media thinks will help them sell their papers. In the video he states how he is a jew and he doesn’t find this offensive because he knows it is a joke.
While there are those who are defending him, there are those attacking him as well. J.K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, took to twitter, “For those who think fascism is an edgy accessory…” Followed by a link about how Felix has made fascism cool. The article of course takes many of its “facts” out of context from Felix’s videos.
So what’s Felix’s response to all of these media sites taking shots at him? Well he’s denied the claims of being an anti semitic, racist, Nazi sympathizer, and all the other things he has been accused of. He has released a few videos joking about how news sites have taken his videos out of context. Which is a huge thing. Taken out of context, you could destroy anyone's reputation. Even the videos Felix made about how the media has been taking everything out of context, have been taken out of context!
In one of his videos labeled “I’m Racist?” that he posted in December. He jokes about how the media portrays him. He dressed up in Natzi attire and watches a video of Hitler in a gag about this is how the media sees him. Of course this is one of the clips that the Wall Street Journal used to portrait him as the “racist” that he is. I’m really hoping the irony is seen.
Felix’s main response to the media was in the video “My Response,” where he then refers to the previously mentioned video as a point about how the media takes everything out of context.
The Wall Street Journal has pointed out how Neo-Nazi groups have been referencing and praising Felix for the jokes he has made. When Felix learned about these groups he went on his social media and clearly stated how he doesn't agree or support the hateful groups in anyway.
So what will be the outcome of all of this? Will the media keep taking things out of context to help them get more clicks on their webpages? Probably not, sadly. As Felix has pointed out in one of his videos, it doesn’t take much to be a journalist anymore.
It just baffles me that more and more respectful media sites are cutting corners and trying to find the next big headline before the actual article. That is the main problem with a 24 hour news cycle. They try to find something that will draw in attention and get people riled up rather than truthfully informing the public of what going on in the world.
- Written by Steven Bain
- Category: Journalism Spotlight
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It’s her last year, last semester, and her only semester of the class but she is enjoying it entirely. This month’s Spotlight on Journalism is McKenzie Goldstein. Her current classes are self management, British Literature, yearbook, anatomy, parenting, psychology, PE, and journalism. Her favorite memory of the class is when her, Adela, and Paige were watching videos of wild animals giving birth. I don’t remember most of the details of how things lead up to that happening, so you’ll have to ask one of them if you are interested.
When she has spare time, McKenzie enjoys eating, sleeping, and binge-watching Netflix. She also enjoys making fun of people’s singing videos, but
it seems the trend did not pick up since there has not been a new singing video lately for her to critique. I asked her to describe herself, whether it be one word or a phrase, and she wasn’t quite sure at the moment. I would label her as “extravagant,” and she thought that was a good way to describe herself. You could go with that, or just “extra.”
If you are looking for a good way to pester her then this next part will interest you. Her pet peeves include people eating with their mouths open and the improper use of words such as there, their, and they’re, or your and you’re.
Her short-term future plans involve her running track for her senior year, but later on after high school she plans on enlisting in the Navy. She goes to bootcamp in June and she said she will see where the Navy takes her after that. Best of luck to you with your future in the Navy, our Spotlight in Journalism, McKenzie Goldstein!
- Written by Wyatt Stone
- Category: Creative Writings
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Congratulations! You are not getting a puppy. You are not going to a beach in California. Most importantly, you are not getting today off from school. If these facts make you sad then you are reaping the rewards of reading the Daily Disappointment. Enjoy some disappointing facts that might possibly ruin your day.
Be happy about the warm weather. The earth is warming and that just means we are all going to die sooner.
Breathing is great! It keeps us going but with air pollution nowadays, it's lethal.
When asking a yes or no question, there is a 50% chance that the person will answer no, so don’t risk it.
Wolves will do whatever it takes to survive. If they get a leg caught in a trap, they will chew it off.
The appendix is a great organ of the body. Its job is to rupture and kill you at any moment.
Sharks and tuna will suffocate if they stop swimming.
Dolphins are voluntary breathers. This means that they can and will commit suicide.
Daily disappointments will continue to be published monthly. Sorry if you thought it would be a daily thing. It’s just one of the disappointments that comes with the articles.
- Written by Kara Miller
- Category: Guidance Notes
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Third quarter, the time when spring sports start, the weather gets nicer, and grades start to slip. For most people it is especially hard to keep their grades up during this time of the school year. Here are some tips to stay motivated, get your work done, and keep your grades from slipping.
While the end of the school year is near, stay motivated by setting a goal for that month or quarter. Make short term goals such as raising your math grade, or starting your project early. By staying motivated and getting your work done, you will have more of a cushion for the fourth quarter. Working ahead is the best way to free up time for the future. Time that you could be outside enjoying the nice weather or if that’s not what you’re into, then playing video games or watching Netflix.
Another tip for the third quarter is to change up your study location. Because the temperature is getting warmer there are more places to escape to while you work on your homework. Nature is very relaxing and peaceful, the perfect place to read a book or take a nap to catch up on some sleep. Crack a window to let in a fresh breeze. These things will make you feel like you're getting a fresh start on the year.
To finish off my tips and advice, I just want to say keep pushing. Push yourself to finish the quarter strong so that going into the fourth quarter will be a walk in the park. If you are on top of your work the teacher will be more willing to work with you and your schedule. Have fun in this beautiful weather and just remember that the last day of school is quickly approaching. Stay focused and before you know it, summer will be here!