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    YouTube Restricted Mike Rowe’s Prager U Video ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion’

    YouTube Restricted Mike Rowe’s Prager U Video ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion’

    “Is it possible that YouTube has determined that the IDEAS expressed in my speech are inappropriate for people under 18 – The precise audience that most needs to hear this message?”

    We’re no stranger to YouTube suspensions here, having been arbitrarily subjected to one ourselves.

    Former Dirty Jobs host turned skilled worker spokesman was shocked to find a video he’d done in conjunction with Prager U had received the YouTube ban hammer. I mini-blogged Rowe’s video ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion’ last year.

    So why was the video only now suspended? Rowe alerted his Facebook followers of the video’s suspension in a post yesterday saying, “Obviously, I was surprised to learn that my video could be interpreted as anything but the G-rated message I believe it to be.”

    Rowe concluded, “Is it possible that YouTube has determined that the IDEAS expressed in my speech are inappropriate for people under 18 – The precise audience that most needs to hear this message? The answer appears to be yes.”

    Rowe’s entire Facebook post:

    Holy Bleep! I’ve Been Restricted!

    Last June, I was invited by Denis Prager to give the commencement speech at his virtual university. I accepted. The speech exists today in the form of a 5-minute video that’s been viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube. I’ve just learned however, that YouTube has determined the content of that video to be “inappropriate.”

    The basic message of my speech is simple – millions of good jobs currently exist that do not require a four-year degree. In the video, I touch on a few of the reasons why these jobs are routinely ignored, but focus mostly on the fact that society doesn’t encourage people to pursue vocations that don’t require a diploma. Hence, most people are not passionate about a long list of viable opportunities, because most people are affirmatively discouraged from learning a trade. Thus, our ever-widening skills gap.

    I approach the problem by challenging the old platitude, “Follow Your Passion!”

    The gist of my argument goes like this:

    1) Passion is a critical component of job satisfaction and overall happiness. However…
    2) Just because you’re passionate about something, doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. Which means…
    3) Following your passion doesn’t always lead to lasting happiness or true job satisfaction. Ergo, my advice to graduates is…
    4) “NEVER follow your passion, but ALWAYS bring it with you.”

    According to YouTube, “restricted videos” are videos that contain any of the following:
    • Vulgar language
    • Violence and disturbing imagery
    • Nudity and sexually suggestive content
    • Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities

    Obviously, I was surprised to learn that my video could be interpreted as anything but the G-rated message I believe it to be. So I watched it again – this time with an open mind and a more discriminating eye. I saw nothing violent, harmful, or dangerous. Nothing vulgar, disturbing, or objectionable. True, the animated figures are unclothed, but clearly androgynous, as well as faceless. I was honestly at a loss. But then I saw this, buried in the fine print.

    “Some videos don’t violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences. In these cases, our review team may place an age restriction when we’re notified of the content.”

    Is it possible that YouTube has determined that the IDEAS expressed in my speech are inappropriate for people under 18 – The precise audience that most needs to hear this message? The answer appears to be yes. So, before I officially complain to YouTube, I thought perhaps I might ask 5 million of my closest friends if my head is up my astericks.

    Mike

    PS. There are currently 6.2 million available jobs in this country, the majority of which do NOT require a four-year degree. Student debt is now approaching $1.3 trillion, and millions of college graduates have failed to find work in their chosen fields. And yet, we continue to push a college degree like it’s the best path for the most people. We continue to tell our kids to follow their passion, no matter where it might lead them. Enough already. The time has come to encourage our kids to explore ALL of the educational options available to them, and ALL of the vocations waiting to be filled. That message has been restricted for too long.

    The video has since been restored (at least as far as we can tell) and as we’ve discussed at length, YouTube is a private entity and can control content as they see fit, but when the ban hammer gets thrown at a message that essentially says “do what pays and leave the underwater feminist basket-weaving to someone not serious about earning a living” we are again, observing YouTube’s erratic suspension behavior with cocked brows.

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    Restricting Mike Rowe’s message is one with the same restrictions being placed on Robert Spencer and his information on the world-wide jihad being conducted by Muslims against the non-Islamic world. Spencer’s not alone in this battle; many, many non-liberal websites are being targeted in this war on common sense and common defense.

    Similarly against the common sense letter by law professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander on encouraging the bourgeois values that once acted as the glue holding this country united (the 1950s values, if you will).

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450905/bourgeois-values-scandal-tars-law-prof-amy-wax-racism-charge

    The left is playing for keeps here. Even if there were agreed-upon Marquess of Queensberry rules, the left would ignore them in the same manner they ignore real law. The left pulls punches, delivers deliberate kidney punches, and hits below the belt.


     
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    AlecRawls | October 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Google-speak translator: “may not be appropriate for all audiences” = some leftist claims to have found a way to be offended by it, hence nobody can be allowed to see it.

    And they have a near monopoly. Enforce anti-trust laws. Slice and dice that piece of Antifa garbage. Force them to compete, in which environment their ideological drive to block information flow instead of enable it will be systematically out-competed and eliminated by those providers whose goal is to provide each customer with the services the customer wants.

    Now they are spending their monopoly rents on blocking some customers at the behest of other customers or politicized managers parasitically embedded within the company. Under competition there will be no large rents for these parasites to suck dry. Attempting to block customers instead of serve them will lead to bankruptcy. Do it!


     
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    Gremlin1974 | October 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    In its continued effort to speech that they do not agree with, I believe that Youtube has restricted all of Prager U’s videos. However, knowing Youtube and Mike’s aversion to group think it could well just be what he said.


       
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      karl_lembke in reply to Gremlin1974. | October 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Not all, but lots of them. Some have been restored after publicity became embarrassing enough.

      From the petition at Prager University,

      YouTube does not want young people to hear conservative ideas as they currently list 37 PragerU videos– over 14 percent of our entire collection–under “restricted mode” making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.

      It seems there are a number of people who regard Dennis Prager as an Evil Conservative and will do everything they can to censor anything he says or anything with his name attached to it.


     
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    SpaceInvader | October 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    The people in charge of banning videos at Youtube are the Marxists who graduated with a degree in Feminist underwater basket weaving and they don’t take kindly to other opinions.


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