I think the greatest argument against the “corporations are people” line is the new wave of content creators with a face on the internet. Whether that be bloggers, writers, youtubers, musicians, etc., Now more than ever people are representing themselves and their beliefs to the masses, and I think that’s brave and great and difficult and a stark change from what media has traditionally promoted.
Recently I was talking to people about banning certain viewers from my channel. Simply put: If someone says something racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist, etc., on my channel or on my videos, with clear intent to hurt me or the viewers (not to learn or be educated)—I ban their ass.
And this is much different than, say, a corporation getting hate on their Facebook walls. It wouldn’t make sense for Oreo to ban every single person who says they disagree with gay marriage because at the end of the day, they make and sell addictive cookies, regardless of their social beliefs. In many cases on that scale, it is better to say nothing.
My videos are very much my beliefs. I’m not selling anything other than who I am, and I have the power to veto anyone who may think they have any sort of power on my channel to post damaging hurtful remarks. I feel that by allowing that vitriol to stay on my videos, or responding to it directly gives it validity, and the last thing I want is a young person (because that’s who watches Youtube videos) coming to my page and thinking that something that they are, or something that their friends or family are is wrong or should be punished or should be looked down on.
Go to reddit if you want to be a personified fedora. But don’t think you can abuse my channel.