YouTube is bad for cats. It doesn’t matter if you’re a domestic cat or a wild cat. There is just a ton of disrespect for the cat on YouTube. And Google (who owns YouTube) have totally lost control of the comments. Anything goes and what goes the most often is the F word. It is there in droves. The general standard of comment on YouTube is appalling. YouTube often panders to the lowest common denominator: uneducated idiots who can’t put two words together without joining them with f***ing.
One of the longest running videos is Yelling at Cats. I wrote a very short page on it 5 years ago. It was about the 5th page I wrote. The video had about 500 views at the time. Now it is over 4 million.
It is a straight case of cat abuse. No discussion. What is astonishing is that most people like it. Yes, surprising as it is, most viewers like a video that is an example of cat abuse. This must surely be a reflection on the taste of a large segment of society. Remembering that YouTube is an international website – anyone can view the videos except perhaps the Chinese because China likes to block a lot of sites – it is difficult to know the profile of the viewers who write these comments.
However, I am almost certain that the majority of people who watch these slightly (or greatly) abusive videos are young ignorant males. Sorry but that is what it looks like to me.
Of course there are many decent videos of cats on YouTube. But in general I have a strong feeling that YouTube has done the domestic cat a disservice. This irritating website has insidiously encouraged cat abuse of various kinds. It is not overt and obvious but any video that laughs at the cat is not good for our relations with the domestic cat.
Google likes “free speech” and uncensored webpages etc. I do too. But all of us who have websites have a responsibility to be decent to others including all animals. Google just don’t get that it appears to me. Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”.
That is not a very good motto because on the scale of human behavior being evil is at the far end of bad. It is as bad as you can get. If Google are satisfied at being anything but evil they are setting incredibly low standards for themselves.
Come on Google, you can do better in regulating the standards of videos and comments on YouTube. Delete the videos that encourage cat abuse.