Youtube: Friend or Foe to atheists?
Hey all, I haven't posted here for a while, but I wanted to share some thoughts on this.
Now as we all know, youtube is one of the greatest tools on the internet. But has it ever been a real friend for the atheist community?
Back during youtube's early days, I believe youtube atheists were either a minority or very quiet about it. Not much went into videos discussing religion too much. It was mostly people posting videos up of their friends performing stunts, or falling down. However, sometime youtube had featured a well known video "Atheists aren't bad people", a video that showed various people (namely celebrities or people of importance) who were atheists.. Which got spot light fame.
From my understanding, it was this video that made more atheists come out and made the youtube atheist community much larger. Now you have larger youtube atheists like Pat Condell, Theamazingatheist, CaptainOAwesome, etc etc. Many people at the time thought youtube either sympathized or supported Atheists. However; sometime later, another video that youtube gave a front page feature too was "Muslims aren't bad people" (or something along that line) which had a young Muslim man explaining how he wasn't the stereotype people proclaimed as Muslim, and claiming he loved America, wasn't a terrorist doesn't own a camel, etc. This begun a stream of Muslim youtube users to come out of hiding which was similar to the atheist blossom.
Overtime however, the religious debate "wars" had gone on from all sides, christian, muslim, atheist, jewish and so on. Sometimes many innocent users/videos would be flagged for no harm, such as Nick Gisburne, or videos where posting copies of a religious book. Other times they were flagged for harm, such as videos of beheading, or alleged atheists giving hate rants such as Warren25smash).
As of now, it appears youtube is trying to keep a level of tolerance to all religions as long as it doesn't go into the extreme.
So what do you guys think? Has youtube been beneficial or bad for atheists or the RRS itself? Maybe a bit of both?