aaaaand Jack’s interview with Dave Rubin:
–spoilers if you want to watch it without knowing what someone else thinks–
Quite damage-control-y, with the terms “content policy” and “manifest observable behavior” being said a ton. I think Dave does a good job of pressing him on some issues (though he doesn’t bust his balls by any means). His metaphor of the ‘blocked ambulance’, and then subsequent side-skirting of what is or isn’t a refugee either demonstrates he either doesn’t understand people’s concerns, or that he’s being wilfully egg-shell-y about it (I think it’s the former), as, regardless of what one thinks about the specific situation, merely interpreting the situation to be a ‘blocked ambulance’ is already making a political decision (regardless of what happens after that point).
Most of his answers to the harder questions seemed to come down to “bro, trust me”, which given the situation isn’t comforting.
Also didn’t know that they didn’t allow porn on there, especially since one of the two people we were supporting on there is a pornographer, and I have seen other ‘adult’ content on there, so curious as to what the distinction they make between art and porn is, but it’s good at some lawyers in SF finally figured it out(!!).
I was holding out to see how this interview went, but based on it I’m deleting my Patreon account, and will support the people we do directly (or via some other platform).
It’s unfortunate that it’s only the capitalist/market mechanism that works in communicating with companies like this, and it’s especially shitty as I think Patreon had(/has) the best interests of people who make creative work in mind, but as it turns out, I value transparency and discourse more than I do an artist-facing revenue generating modality.