I have watched a lot of videos over the years, many YouTube but others too, and I have read and do read blogs and postings on social networks.

Never ever have I posted a comment for any of them that was rude about the person who made it, or the content, or other commentors. Very occasionally, maybe once a year, I post a comment answering some question that has been asked, or correcting some factual thing that was said, and I have a bit of a thing about spelling, but that’s about it.

If I see a video which is not what I expected from the title etc, something which I know is wrong or whatever, I may possibly give it a thumbs down. More likely I will just go elsewhere.

I do give thumbs up to videos which are informative, accurate, to the point, entertaining or whatever. I do appreciate the effort that some people take to make interesting videos. Someone like Burkard Polster, who does the Mathologer videos, will always hold my attention.

The increasingly intrusive advertising before and during YouTube clips is putting me off watching so many clips. Things I had subscribed to I now don’t because the latest clips are just unbearable – the person is talking and, in the middle of a sentence, there’s an advert for flea powder, or sanitary towels.

Social networking is an increasingly unhappy place, in my opinion. Anonymity does not mean you can be nasty. If you were picked upon, you wouldn’t like it. I know it’s the culture these days, set by Trump and Johnson, but don’t lower yourself to it.

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