If we're going to have a higher bar for Palestine threads, we need a higher bar for viral adverts and cats being funny. Just like we need something to go on beyond GRARbait, we need something a bit deeper than Cute Overload-fodder or verbatim, analysis/critique-free reposts of ads from corporate channels on Youtube.
This is a problem in the same way that all the news sites running the same fluff stories is a problem: If we're going to have the same content as everywhere else, why should Metafilter even exist?
I appreciate the site for when we can have interesting conversations about things most of us didn't know about yet- but we all already know about cute cats and funny adverts. There are other websites where you can watch nothing but that, all day.
We need to have a standard that's higher than the rest of the Net.
posted by dunkadunc to Etiquette/Policy at 12:36 PM (231 comments total)
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Yes, this might be a break from previous precedents, but as time goes on and mainstream Internet culture gets increasingly homogenous, we need more to distinguish ourselves beyond a $5 signup and a blue background. Many curated outlets become more selective over time as they become more popular: Newspapers, record labels, collaborative blogs even. We can do better.