Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Kenny asks: By chance, have you watched Scotty Kilmer’s YouTube channel about cars? If so, what do you think about his advice in general on cars? Is he credible? I ask because it seems like he’s the most watched YouTube car guy, has 3.48 million subscribers, and he releases at least two videos on a daily basis, which consistently hits at least a hundred thousand views each. Every now and then, he gets a video with over a million views. If I remember correctly, I think he claims to have 50+ years of experience as a mechanic. After watching many of his videos, he thinks Toyota (or even its luxury brand Lexus) is the best in terms of reliability (despite a slight decline in quality over the year); Hondas are still good, but they’re getting cheaper and making questionable decisions; BMWs, Mercedes, and VWs are “endless money pits”; GMs and Chevy cars are typically garbage; Japanese engineering is superior to European engineering; the trend of turbo V4 engines isn’t very wise; bearish on electric cars as it currently stands; the trend of SUVs over sedans is mostly a fad; sensory cars that automatically brake is a dangerous trend; advises to only purchase used cars as opposed to brand new cars from the dealership; etc., etc. He only owns two cars, a 94 Toyota Celica and a Lexus from the early 2000s, I believe. Do you think this guy is legit? Have you yourself thought about creating a YouTube channel? You do cover a unique niche of being the “libertarian car guy”, which I think can potentially attract quite the crowd on YouTube.
My reply: I don’t know Scotty personally but I do know he’s entertaining – and while I don’t agree with him about everything and have heard him say some strange things, the same’s as true of me – and everyone else. Overall, I think he’s genuine. And that’s as important to me as being right most of the time. The thing I cannot abide is disingenuousness – the purposeful evasion/suppression of facts one doesn’t agree with – as we’re seeing now with regard to the “threat” of WuFlu and the “necessity” of Diapering.
As regards the Tube of You: I think Scotty is risking everything by placing his livelihood in the hands of this adjunct of Gurgle, this member of the tech oligarchy that can and probably will just cancel his channel one fine day for whatever reason it likes.
I don’t like that at all.
That’s why I’m here – at EPautos – which Gurgle and the oligopolies do not control. Yet. Granted, they can (and have) “de-monetized” me and they could, I suppose, just blank me out of their search algorithms. But so long as the site isn’t actually shut down by fatwa, you’ll always be able to find my stuff and other like-minded people here.
I’m a big proponent of decentralization.The more we control, they less they control. I strongly recommend not “liking” Facebook, using Gurgle or doing business with the Tube. Do business with – and visit – the outfits that don’t suppress.
So we can know who’s credible – and who isn’t!
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