I came across an article interviewing a white nationalist leader. His following of predominately white males came from his videos on You Tube.
I’ve been watching a lot of You Tube recently. If you go to YouTube.com and write in a subject matter up will come endless videos. People can make the videos on their phones and send them out to the world.
They can “monetize” their efforts, get revenue from them, by receiving some money from advertising. I get the impression someone who puts up about three new videos a week and has about 20,000 views makes a thousand or two dollars a month.
It is possible, then, for a political talking head to make a living doing only videos. He/she need not to be a “profession” politician, entertainer or “public speaker”. The need for fund raisers and political parties is not what it once was.
Perhaps we are living in something like the pre radio days when traveling preachers, patent medicine hucksters and demagogues roamed the countryside on horseback. They passed the hat and lived on it.
President Trump has cleverly by passed traditional media by tweeting his thoughts to a large audience. It seems to me the You Tube method of direct communication has even more power to connect with people.
We need to hold onto our chairs for the technology that will inevitably replace both You Tube and tweets. It may have even more potential to take our religion and politics to places we never expected.