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Ethics of Vlogging

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Ethics of Vlogging

Postby Kryptonite » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:32 pm

A recent discussion questioning ethics/morals, the protection of privacy, etc. in the vlogging world has been taking over quite a few threads.
A member came to me, suggesting that a separate thread would be ideal since we would be able to keep the discussion in one place. :)

I decided to put this section in the Boxing Ring as it will probably be controversial to some and I want everyone to be aware that you are posting at your own risk here. The moderators aren't going to step in because someone dislikes/disagrees with your opinion.

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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby Jedoc1 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:37 pm

I think the majority of bloggers/vloggers are huge narcissists who have been given a platform where the can literally live off people telling them how amazing they are

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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby lmmomSD » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:17 pm

Jedoc1 wrote:I think the majority of bloggers/vloggers are huge narcissists who have been given a platform where the can literally live off people telling them how amazing they are

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I totally agree. My family doesn't watch vloggers, just my daughter. So when I explain to them what vloggers do, they're stunned. "You mean all they do is walk around talking to a camera about how their day is going and add some cute kid footage, and they get paid by YouTube?" Just the idea that anyone else would be interested in their "daily life" is narcissistic. "Here we are, on our way to Starbucks". BFD. I go to Starbucks. Why would I care if Missy's name is spelled wrong on her drink? The whole idea just amazes me.
At least bloggers write. So there has to be some level of talent and effort to hold someone's interest.

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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby actuallydear » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:36 pm

My husband hates when I watch vlogs, even the 'nice' YTers. He says they're lazy for trying to make a quick buck and they should be out there working 40+ hours a week like everybody else.

Because of this, I made sure to show him the DB house tour. His reaction was hilarious.
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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby smom12 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:38 pm

actuallydear wrote:My husband hates when I watch vlogs, even the 'nice' YTers. He says they're lazy for trying to make a quick buck and they should be out there working 40+ hours a week like everybody else.

Because of this, I made sure to show him the DB house tour. His reaction was hilarious.


THANK YOU. I post the same sentiment and all I get is" it's a real job, they get paid!"

No. This will never qualify as a real job to me. Ever.


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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby natalka81 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:43 pm

I'm torn. I think filming one's children, family, etc. every day to post on the internet is really quite a self-indulgent, ethically questionable, and potentially even harmful activity, yet here I am, watching the videos, commenting on these boards, etc. What is it that makes it all so fascinating to us? It's like reality tv but more real, maybe? I feel bad about criticising these real-life people, but then I keep doing it! Part of me feels like if you're going to put your life in the spotlight, you have to be prepared for some criticism, and then another part of me feels like it's none of my business how other people parent their kids, really. But I draw the line at parents encouraging intolerance (homophobia, racism, sexism), filming kids' bodies in ways that just are not appropriate for external views (do we REALLY need all the Griffith bathtub footage?, and why should we be looking at a child getting injured in real time?) and walking that fine line of filming others in public to capitalize on (ie other people's kids at school, the park, the beach, etc.) I also wonder what the hell these kids will think when they're older, knowing their lives were broadcast for everyone to see- let alone how they feel now going to school knowing that their classmates have been watching them pick their nose, buying their first deodorant or whatever else.
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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby Scar2016 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:02 am

Ref the ethics of filming other people without their knowledge or consent - does anyone else wonder if someone who's having an affair has been caught on camera in a hotel or restaurant for example by a vlogger? I often wonder if some unsuspecting spouse is watching their favorite vlogger and up pops their significant other in a romantic clinch with their lover? Nope? Just me then, lol.
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Re: Ethics of Vlogging

Postby natalka81 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:14 pm

Scar2016 wrote:Ref the ethics of filming other people without their knowledge or consent - does anyone else wonder if someone who's having an affair has been caught on camera in a hotel or restaurant for example by a vlogger? I often wonder if some unsuspecting spouse is watching their favorite vlogger and up pops their significant other in a romantic clinch with their lover? Nope? Just me then, lol.

Had never thought of this, no, but you raise a good point! A great example of how things could go awry quickly with vlogging
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