In the past ten years, social media platforms have been the biggest growth story in the world. Controversy usually follows success. Ask any big business or celebrity. Social media platforms like YouTube have both. Twenty years ago scandals played out in supermarket tabloids; now they play out online. Grainy images and suspiciously unbelievable headlines about Princess Diana and Madonna in the Enquirer have given way to streaming HD video documenting the idiocy of Jake and Logan Paul and the off-color rantings of Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. The three (Brothers Paul and Kjellberg)
Nearly every teenager spends a fair amount of time glued to YouTube, and my two sons are no different. As the debate over net neutrality unfolded, my sons relayed to me that nearly every YouTube personality they watch made the repeal of the Obama-era “net neutrality” regulations sound like the end of the world. If it’s a big topic online, my sons are usually interested. Suddenly, Dad the Boring Telecom Lawyer had something interesting to say, some relevant knowledge, regarding their world.