The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet.

This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at Screener, a site for critical writing on television and streaming and the new home of Television Without Pity.

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5 thoughts on “The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

      • I know and folk have a difficulty in telling the difference between fact, satire and irony.
        Sometimes a message can be put out into ‘the ether’ for one reason, gets picked for the opposite reason and away goes the interest brush fire.
        Titus Oates would have loved this era.

      • If you’ve followed the rise of the alt-right movement and particularly the aggrandizement of such flamboyant peacocks as Milo Yiannopoulos or Pewdiepie, there is little satire or irony in what they do.

      • Yes I’ve seen some of it, trouble is they set trends which impress folk on both sides of the divide and the next thing you know it’s nearly acceptable.

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