YouTubers Will Enter Politics, And If They Do, They’re Probably Going To Win

Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Youtube

The Internet

YouTubers Will Enter Politics, And If They Do, They’re Probably Going To Win (buzzfeednews.com)






Posted
by

msmash

from the shape-of-things-to-come dept.

A group of twentysomethings leveraged their huge YouTube audiences and actually won seats in Brazil’s federal and state elections. What happens next is anyone’s guess. Ryan Broderick, writing for BuzzFeed News: Kim Kataguiri is known in Brazil for a lot of things. He’s been called a fascist. He’s been called a fake news kingpin. Is he a YouTuber? He definitely uses YouTube. He’s definitely a troll. A troll with a consistent message, though, he points out. Maybe he’s Brazil’s equivalent of Milo Yiannopoulos. His organization, Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) — the Free Brazil Movement — is like the Brazilian Breitbart. Or maybe it’s like the American tea party. Maybe it’s both. Is it a news network? Kataguiri says it isn’t. But it’s not a political party, either. He says MBL is just a bunch of young people who love free market economics and memes. One thing is very clear: His YouTube channel, the memes, the fake news, and MBL’s army of supporters have helped Kataguiri, 22, become the youngest person ever elected to Congress in Brazil. He’s also trying to become Brazil’s equivalent of speaker of the House.

[…] Kataguiri’s political awakening is a textbook example of the way algorithms beget more algorithms. During his last year of high school, his teacher started a debate about welfare programs in Brazil. So Kataguiri started googling. He discovered Ron Paul and the Brazilian libertarian YouTuber Daniel Fraga. “Then I did a video to my teacher and my friends at school to talk about what I had found out,” Kataguiri says. “There was one problem: I posted this video on YouTube. So it was public and it went viral.” He says people kept asking for more videos, but he didn’t know anything. So he went back to googling, and then made more videos about what he learned.



Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.

Working…

Read More

Related Posts

Leave a comment