Fiction and reality can be ironic. Last Thursday night I joined some folks in NYC to shoot the recent “Farting Unites,” but not before meeting in Newark to get killed by PaulScott1972 — here’s his frightening video threat.
In true irony, during this same time I received real death threats and car tampering that has resulted in an ongoing police investigation. See “more” to read about that too-close-to-home drama.
The fictional series, titled “Ignored,” (see entire playlist) was inspired by the behavior of YouTube viewers who feel dejected because their favorite creators don’t respond to e-mail or messages… K80Blog was fake killed last Halloween. Musosf and GeneticBlend are two of the creative brains behind this disturbing but intriguing storyline.
It’s unfortunately true that as a YouTube creator’s viewer audience increases, it becomes impossible to dignify each person with a response. This makes the “famous” recipient perpetually guilty, and offends people who don’t know what it’s like to receive hundreds of messages a day via YouTube. I remember feeling “ignored” when I was new to YouTube and didn’t get responses from popular YouTubers to whom I wrote
The death video is atypically dark for a Nalts one, so my kids won’t be watching it and neither should yours. But I have been known to fake my own death before (see GooTube Conspiracy). I’ve even had a firework smash through my eyes thanks to the special effects of Davideo Designs.
(MORE): So here’s where irony enters from stage left. The day we shot the fake death video, I received some real threatening messages from a YouTube account that has since been removed. These threats became a serious concern when someone took credit for slicing a fluid line of a vehicle in our driveway (which happened last Wednesday). I’m not kidding here, folks.
Last Friday night (April 25) we went to the local police with full documentation of disturbing, specific death threats coming from a YouTube account. The perpetrator took over a friend’s gmail account and their YouTube account. For the past 6 days I’ve been in contact with YouTube’s abuse group, and they were able to confirm that the offending account was established via a local internet service (ISP) provider. Unfortunately I need a “order of warrant” or subpoena to receive the ISP data that will likely implicate or absolve (I hope) the person the police suspect with a “99-percent certainty.”
I respect how YouTube protects the privacy of its community members, but I resent that malicious people can hide behind cyber privacy laws which are meant to protect innocent people. The YouTube Abuse Department’s reluctance to provide further information means they may well have a “smoking gun.” Although I won’t likely pursue a warrant (unless threats continue), I sure hope YouTube decides to take action.
It may seem odd that I’d post this video so soon after recent events. But yesterday I made a concious decision to leave this behind me, and this video was (in a strange way) closure. The threats have stopped, police have taken creative steps to guard my family, and I don’t feel like spending anymore time worrying while we pursue the bureaucracy of a magistrate court order thingy.
Plus with Nalts dead for a while, Kevin will have a much-needed break from YouTube (the good and disturbing) to concentrate on syndicated writing and creative rejuvenation. Thanks to those of you that have expressed concern about the real drama, and please don’t speculate in comments about any individuals you suspect (I’ll delete them).
Specific details have allowed me to rule out the creators of Ignored (yes the thought crossed my mind that strong coincidences are often not). And everyone’s innocent until proven guilty!
To those that experience similar threat issues, I suggest corresponding with YouTube aggressively. They treat all cases the same, but they’re also inundated, so perseverance helps. File a local police report, and then — if necessary — you’ll need a court order to allow YouTube to provide information. The good news is that YouTube/Google can (if required) furnish a lot more information than most realize — about the location and related account activity of people using the websites to harass and threat. I’d bet on Google over even the most sophisticated hacker.