What Internet Blood Sports Will Teach Us About the Chick-afication of Communities

Are the Kumite and Warski Live past their climax?

With so many livestreame debates between factions taking place in the arena of Internet Blood Sports, we have a great opportunity to study how online communities grow.

The three shows I will be broadly discussing are the Morning Kumite, Andy Warski Live and Baked Alaska. Both shows run a successful format of bringing together two or more beefing subjects and allowing them to debate. In recent weeks, the livestreams prove that up to four thousand people will pile in to watch and have their comments read through YouTube’s Superchat feature. Memes produced from the streams are immediately posted on Twitter and 4chan, but the memes do not have staying power on 4chan and instead continue to live on Twitch, YouTube and Twitter.

For example, one common guest on the streams is the gypsy Veeh Ro. The forced meme kick veeh is now used on Twitter in reference to the rallying cry to kick the man from the streams when he is perceived to be adding no value. Kick veeh will likely continue to be a meme among the community that watches blood sports long after blood sports are popular. After all, what’s the use in repeating a phrase unless you wanted everyone around you to know that you were there when it was in vogue?

Most of the contributors to these streams use their Christian names or show their faces. But, by far the most popular contributor is Mister Metokur who recently announced that he is likely going to be packing his channel in due to declining health. Metokur has accelerated the popularity of the show since he, unlike many of the people there to debate their beliefs, is there because it’s funny. His Twitter account acts as a lightning rod for viewers looking for third person commentary, and while the crowd demands to kick veeh they also want to invite Jim who will act the part of the thousands of watchers: Ask the questions that will get the most outrageous reactions.

So things appear to be going well. But, due to a recent announcement I believe that Blood Sports is now on the way down as a fad.

After a stream between Sargon of Akkad and Andrew Anglin, another debate was previewed: Lowtax versus Andrew Anglin. Lowtax is famous for running the Something Awful forums, and Andrew Anglin is famous for being possibly the most censored man on the internet. But, Lowtax doesn’t really have a topic to debate. He wants to debate just for the laughs.

And that’s the issue. The entertainment should be produced between two opposing sides defending their dearly held beliefs for the sake of those beliefs. Without two opposing sides who care about several key topics, you miss the mark. And the audience won’t get the same rush as they did before.

Furthermore, there’s the problem of the aftershows that include too many people. The setup looks like a VIP meet ‘n greet where a bunch of excited fanboys paid an extra $200 for the honor. At this time, women such as streamer Brittany Venti and all around wreck Laura Loomer have participated.

Let’s quickly examine the cry that women ruin everything, and when you allow women into a hobby or Blood Sport, they’ll dilute it and ruin it. Not so. Women only “ruin a hobby” when they are invited to participate in something besides the core of that hobby. That is, women won’t ruin a Magic: The Gathering tournament if it’s just a straight game. Women who don’t really care about MTG will ruin it if they’re invited by horny men who’ve set out other enticements: There’s a bar, there’s cosplay, there’s t-shirts and someone is bringing in a few PS4s so you can play Overwatch on the couches we’ve provided. When you expand the concept outward from its core, and start inviting in people to enjoy the things that aren’t strictly about the core then that’s how you “ruin” a thing. Generally, women are blamed because we are usually the ones being enticed because men really, really really like women.

So I believe that between the fanboys in the aftershows and the introduction of a “Sure, why not” Lowtax debate, that Blood Sports will loosen the rules. It will no longer just be a debate. It’ll turn into panel discussions — so let’s get some ladies on board! Women generally prefer to find ways to agree with a larger group. We’re not as crazy about fighting and debating. And having taken formal logic in post secondary, I’m not so crazy about listening to debates when 50% of the participants are clearly deficient in forming conclusions.

Soon, Blood Sports will be no more, and since its fall will coincide with the introduction of more women — who, again, naturally prefer to avoid conflict and are better suited for panels — the cry will return:

Women ruin everything, Women ruined Blood Sports.

But by that time, we’ll be well on our way to the primary season in the lead up to the election in November, and we’ll have forgotten that Blood Sports existed. I’ll stick with my original predictions for what 2018 will hold for online conversation including my prediction of phenotype nationalism:

One Comment on “What Internet Blood Sports Will Teach Us About the Chick-afication of Communities”

  1. I agree but for different reasons. I agree that we are in the honeymoon period of Internet Bloodsports. They could become a fad or the could become the next big thing.
    A lot of it depends on it catching on with people outside the Youtube Skeptic/Alt Right circle. People will get tired of seeing the same ethno-nationalists vs civic nationalist debate over and over. The model requires novelty and variety to work long term. Lowtax wanting to get in on the fun IMO is a good thing because he’s different and he has an audience that he can bring to the party. It won’t be the same old, same old.

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