Both of them achieved fame by being edgy, and now they’ve been deplatformed. So where do they go from there? It seems to me like they have nothing to do. Hyde tried to continue on by setting up a subscription-supported platform, but that didn’t work too well. Yee wants to set up a platform too by which he can put his videos out there, but he hasn’t been able to yet.
Videos are an effective form of presentation, but they’re high-bandwidth and therefore expensive to distribute. Also, it’s just hard to compete with YouTube. So I don’t know what they’re going to do.
It’s also hard for other sites to compete with Incels.is. We have to call Incels.is what it is, which is controlled opposition. This doesn’t imply a conspiracy; it just means that they are limiting themselves to what Roosh would call “controlled speech”. They are confining themselves and their users to whatever parameters the establishment puts in place as conditions of their being allowed to continue having a website with that amount of popularity.
But it’s kinda pointless to continue operating within those restrictions, so I don’t even know what they bother. Roosh picked the better path, of shutting down Return of Kings rather than continuing in “a negative spiral of declining content quality, site traffic, and revenues.”
The logical conclusion of this path is suicide. What else is there to do? What is Roosh going to do with himself; just continue posting self-censored commentary to Twitter, and the occasional self-censored livestream to YouTube, while continuing to moderate his forum, which he also censors to avoid drawing more heat?
To me, that seems kinda pointless, but maybe his mileage varies. Personally, I think it’s checkout time.
I notice that Amos Yee’s WordPress blog got shut down. Probably the only reason this blog is still here is that it didn’t exist in early June 2018, when I first hit the papers; my first post was in July 2018. If this blog had enough reach to prompt people to complain to WordPress about it, maybe it would get shut down.