Opinion: OnlyFans flaccid final act

There are certain pages and parts of the internet which is made for or has become a places “Not Safe For Work” (NSFW). OnlyFans has been known for this and has a reputation and delivers certain types of content. That has been done with content creators who is willing and selling it online. They have been using the subscription model paying fixed monthly fees and also one-time payments for behind the pay-wall content as well.

Therefore, today’s news isn’t surprising. The rumours of OnlyFans going away from pornographic, Sex-Work and Lewd content has been on the horizon. Especially, since the website and owners has been searching for investment and funding to run it. Because, having such vast amount of content and distribution online has to be expensive with storage and such.

OnlyFans is already getting percentages of the sales from each creator. That is clearly not enough. While there is certain top creators who is earning millions of dollars and others have made this into a livelihood. Where they pose, drop pictures and videos. There been leaks from the page and some are using this as a “risky” Instagram account and pocketing easy money.

Now, the owners and shareholders of OnlyFans are going away from what they are known for. They are initially saying they are shifting content and focus. When they from October will block sexual explicit content. That is really going away from the special subscription to certain IG Models and internet personalities. Even some music artists has made accounts and blown up too.

Therefore, OnlyFans and the way the services has been rendered has been on the explicit content. It hasn’t been made on selling knitting tricks or cooking lectures. No, this page haven’t been family friendly or even artistic. No, this page has been a porn page with a pay-subscriptions, which has become a talk of the town. It has gone viral and been discussed online. If you follow certain people on YouTube. You will see them rating OnlyFans pages and telling how they are posting content. Therefore, this will also be lost genre there as well.

Certainly, the easy money and struggles will hit several of accounts on OnlyFans. As they have been living off and having a pay-off from the website. There will also be a bunch of people wondering where to go and wonder if they can follow their star, internet personality or IG model elsewhere. Since this has been the go to place for this and easily accessible.

While we can wonder, why the OnlyFans does it now? And if they were bushwhacked into a lewd site? As it seemed like a Paetron, but turned into a “pay-to-play” and “members only” hub. Instead, some of the creators now have to seek safe-haven elsewhere. If it even exists or is this accessible for the ones selling it.

What is also striking is that the OnlyFans page is going against it’s biggest earners and what it has become into. The OnlyFans isn’t a Paetron. Neither is it a Ko-Fi or Rokfin. It is showing NSFW and porn, which is what all the people are coming there in the first place. They are coming their with their hands over fist. The customers are not coming there for Disney stories, but Playboy bunnies unwind and being naughty.

So, the OnlyFans blocking and stopping this content is going against the grain. They are taking away the reason why the people are subscribing there and using their money on the services there. For me… this is a move of self-destruction and destroying what they already have.

This is like Colgate stop selling toothpaste or Cadbury stop selling chocolate. Because, investors saying they need to rebrand them to something else. However, we know these brands for one thing and when you take that away. Than there isn’t anything else left of it.

This is destroying what was built. OnlyFans is making itself irrelevant and soon it can be remembered like MySpace or Google+. Peace.

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Opinion: Kulinski have fled the sinking ship of TYT

It is now revealed after the video clip earlier this week of news anchor Cenk Uygur saying his final “goodbye” to Kyle Kulinski and “the Secular Talk” from The Young Turks (TYT) Network. The last few weeks has been horrible for TYT and this isn’t making things better.

That Kulinski is leaving the TYT. Shows that one of the biggest network assets has left the scene. As the TYT have lost two former commentators and contributors in Kulinski and Jimmy Dore. Both of these YouTube Channels has an ability cause a stir and political interest online. Where they will directly fight with TYT.

That Kyle is now leaving is an indication that the ties are now finally over. TYT have gone on a rampage against anyone criticising it. The TYT have tried to smear other journalists and directly attacked them. Without proof of their allegations and the supposed ill-advised reporting they supposed to do. While the TYT haven’t redacted or done anything in their way to take responsibility for their actions.

Cenk Uygur looks like his losing it and he don’t know how to handle this storm. The TYT is losing not only edge, but also subscribers. The TYT is losing former hosts, anchors and network associates. Former friends of the TYT is now becoming cold or getting attacked. That is what is happening and its a very tragic demise of the Network.

Kyle leaving this way shows he has understood that this was his time. He is starting to have a good platform on his own and also a podcast. His businesses elsewhere is reaching new heights and he isn’t in need of the backing of the TYT. That must hurt Cenk, but Cenk has also stopped giving him any reasons to be affiliated with the network.

The TYT brand and ethos as a progressive is clearly sinking. The ideals of the news network is also becoming stagnate. The TYT has 5 million members on YouTube, but how many of them is daily viewers? How many are following the live shows? Does the Vanguard or Hard Lens Media have more of a traction now? Heck does one man teams of Jesse Dollamore or Farron Balanced have rising power?

The TYT is living on a knives edge. Cenk’s words in his final goodbye to Kyle was distasteful and disgraceful. Wishing someone a “disaster” and saying his choices will be filled with more “disasters”. That isn’t professional, but a butt-hurt and seemingly angry. Kulinski should have gotten some respect for all the years he was a part of the network and the work he put in.

The TYT needs to revaluate its purpose, unless they want to known for these sort of acts. Instead of being the home of progressives. They are instead the home of smear-artists and attacking other journalists. Who can trust a home like that? Who want to watch that?

The way Cenk handled Kyle leaving isn’t worthy of anyone. Especially, when they have worked together for years and been loyal to the same cause. If someone did the same to me and my folks. I would have been horrified and wondered what caused the change.

Cenk especially needs to repurpose his manners and where he wants the TYT to go. Because, people like me used to watch it. However, during the last month I have ditched it totally and I’m not planning to return either.

TYT isn’t showing any care for the viewers, its affiliates or former employees. It is just becoming a hawkish YouTube platform. Not a News Network anymore…. and only name-calling without proof. That isn’t what I came for, but that’s what Cenk is serving you. Peace.

Opinion: The suspension of the Addis Standard is a sign of the times

That the media house or publication suspension of Addis Standard from the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA). That happened without any forewarning or without any reasons. This isn’t shocking or neither without merit in these times.

As the authorities and the state actors are directly targeting the “unfriendly” media. The media and media outlets that dares to print, write or even question the authorities are in danger in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE).

Addis Standard has dared to publish and write stories, which has humiliated and undermined the stories, the tales and the propaganda, which the states need produced to hail the newly crowned king, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. He needs to be praised with no question or any scrutiny.

The press and media houses who breaches with that modus operandi. Can easily see the journalists apprehended, arrested or even assaulted in public. The state can easily take away licenses or even close their web-pages.

The story of Addis Standard isn’t alone in this. There is others who has gotten into trouble. This being journalists of Aiga Forum, Ethio Forum or Awlo Media. These has all seen people associated getting into legal jeopardy. Others has also been arrested and taken away for a various reasons.

This is all deliberately to secure the narratives and the stories are told directly from the government to the general public. Not having mixed messages or even have reporting, which could differ from their ideas. The state is supposed to control the news and all reporting. That’s why the likes of Addis Standard is in trouble and loses it licence to operate.

Addis Standard have been a well-run media house and delivered quality reporting, which has differed from Fana Broadcasting or Ethiopia News Agency. Meaning it has independent reporting, which was in dire contrast to the will and the wants of the ones in power. That’s why Addis Standard had to pay this price.

The “reformist” Abiy needs love and needs it abundantly from all the well-wishers from across the globe and local media shouldn’t dare to question him. Because, if they do… they can easily lose their job or company. They could even linger in jail like the other political prisoners, which he has easily made possible during his reign.

Anyone who question the Prime Minister can easily end up like Addis Standard. Losing their licence and not allowed to operate. That’s because the PM and his “Yes-Men” cannot handle the truth. Peace.

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Opinion: TYT have lost me forever now

The Young Turks (TYT) is the biggest YouTube News Channel and the supposed challenger to the Mainstream Media (MSM). However, with the time the difference between TYT and the MSM has withered. The difference between TYT and MSNBC is now now bare minimum.

The TYT difference is the news anchors Cenk Ugyur and Anna Kasparian. The TYT isn’t doing what they used to do. They are instead being smear-artists and going after other credible journalists.

This being either Aaron Maté, Glenn Greenwald or Richard Medhurst. The TYT even went after Julian Assange. Just like they have targeted former employee and comedian Jimmy Dore. The TYT have no quarrels doing this.

It is tragic that things gone this far. That Cenk is saying this about other journalists without any real evidence. He targets people and smears them. He just wants to prove a point and targets them directly. What happened to have any sort of integrity at TYT?

That seems to be lost… and the Network needs to think about themselves. The TYT needs to consider their approaches. They are not reporting news or becoming a viable news source. When they are doing this to credible journalists.

Yes. Nobody is perfect and have done anyone wrong. The TYT goes directly at Dore at his wrongs. However, the same TYT never takes any responsibility for the years of Howard Stern content and “camel toe” segments. Therefore, the TYT isn’t sincere in this. Neither is Cenk who said he wouldn’t even sleep with someone on live-air. That’s why this TYT isn’t what it seems.

I used to watch TYT to get another experience and another perspective to U.S. politics. However, the attacks on Maté, Greenwald or Dore. What else can the TYT edit in their favour? What else can the TYT say or do to save face?

Not like the TYT has taken any responsibility for these smear campaigns and how they are dwelling into these shady tactics. This is not what reliable networks does, but what people does to save face. They are also editing things to make them worse, but not taking any sort of account of their own past behaviour. Even telling the public. That if you watch Jimmy or read anything from Glenn. Just buzz off and don’t return.

That’s what’s happening and its distasteful. Dishonest and disingenuous at best. Disrespectful to the viewer and to the ones who follows them.

This isn’t TYT I used to watch and I’m sad that it turned out like this. Peace.