PewDiePie

Social Media

My Job Doesn't Exist Without the Support of Fans. How Much Do I Owe Them?

As a public figure, my personal life has become part of my career. The line between disclosure, transparency, and gossip isn’t clear anymore.
Patrick Klepek
2.13.18
PewDiePie

Examining PewDiePie, Toxicity, and Mob Rule in Gaming

This month's digest from Critical Distance focuses on online harassment and toxicity in gaming culture.
Critical Distance
10.2.17
Steam

Valve's "Solution" to Review Bombing Ignores Steam's Longstanding Problems

A fancy graph may actually incentive further review bombing runs, and underscores Valve's reluctance to hire humans to deal with human problems.
Patrick Klepek
9.19.17
PewDiePie

PewDiePie Doesn't Deserve a Pass For Using the N-Word Because He Was Angry

The Internet may have desensitized us to such language, but that's hardly an excuse, and we should demand better.
Patrick Klepek
9.11.17
YouTube

Advertisers Ditching YouTube, After Being Matched With Hateful Videos

Google promises changes are coming, but it raises larger questions about a service that allows such videos in the first place.
Patrick Klepek
3.27.17
YouTube

YouTube’s Restricted Mode Is A Disaster for Queer Youth

Queer-affirmative content is getting flagged across the platform.
Dawn Saas
3.20.17
Podcasts

We Discuss Jerk Off Mods, Bad Golf Games, PewDiePie on Waypoint Radio

When Austin Walker goes on vacation, things get weird.
Patrick Klepek
2.17.17
YouTube

PewDiePie Criticizes Wall Street Journal Report, Says Jokes Went 'Too Far'

But his response wasn't exactly an introspective look at how things got this far in the deep end.
Patrick Klepek
2.16.17
YouTube

YouTube, Disney Distance Themselves From PewDiePie Following Anti-Semitic Videos

The video creator known for playing video games has been getting attention for topics much more disturbing lately.
Patrick Klepek
2.14.17