For the record, this is the first time I have commented on a linked video, your videos are informational and useful from what I can tell, this type of stuff is about as useful as the threads about what to name you Jeep...Agreed. but i will say in his defense there are some topics that go so in depth video is easier. If i had tried to do my ecu primer in a forum post it would have taken me an entire day instead of an hour and a half. I also think people today are more adjusting to consuming information by video than reading, so its “keeping up with the times”
Theres just a demographic out there that doesnt like being a product. Its a double edge sword to me. I like youtube for some stuff both presenting and consuming, but i refuse to support these big channels of airheads living the lavish permanent vacation lifestyle with the best parts/accessories given to them and they make money coming and going on a model that sells me/my privacy. One could argue this forum is no different. It direct ads based off cookies, provides the dopamine hit of the activity bell and email alert, etc etc. It's just the price we have to pay to an extent to have access to content.
We have them here...he mentioned a few, and there is of course my favorite- @Wizzard005 who runs mr and mrs overlander. I watched their video on their supercharger as I was researching the various blower options, and after a couple clicks on their content found myself rolling on the floor laughing. They do the YouTube free shit model, and direct people to their patreon account where she gets paid by subscribers (who I would imagine embody the "thirsty beta orbiter") to do nsfw “”modeling”” (air quotes) on camera. I would not be surprised if that alone is well into a 6 figure income. It is utterly ridiculous in my opinion, but thirsty dudes pay. Id pay money to see what her DM’s look like. It's just the way the Information Age makes money, and it does take work to put up the content. It's just the hustle of today, and they're out getting it.
The flip side is the stuff from folks like @Mac can get exhausting. You can't say a single thing positive about a product or review something without getting interrogated about who you are and where the item came from. In his defense, there's a lot of bogus "reviews" out there too, and he is providing a degree of "caveat emptor"
I don't think @Brfertig has any nefarious motives, I think he likes doing how to's and realizes he can probably side hustle a little. That doesn't bother me one bit, but just call it like it is, and he needs to be prepared that "hey forum watch my video" is going to sour some people. some of his "how to" videos are legit helpful. Shrug.
But hey. could be worse. We could be worried about where our next meal is coming from or have someone shooting at you. #FirstWorldProblems. I need to update my sig from "insta model and influencer" to "OnlyFans Content Creator"