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He is a genius. Why do you ask?
 

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Cialdini wrote in his 40 years old book that when you give something for free, people will be willing to reciprocate and pay you back in some way. This is an evolutionary acquired behavior response.

Nothing surprising. That's what gurus do with free e-books. What changes is the currency and the scale.
 

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A lot of these youtubers are trust fund kids, that's how they get the $$$ to give away everyday.
 

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A lot of these youtubers are trust fund kids, that's how they get the $$$ to give away everyday.
Except Mr. Beast. He started off doing endurance challenges videos and closed a sponsorship deal with Honey after gaining traction and then began donating their money to streamers in exchange for some pretty powerful advertising.

He also has Crohn's disease, which either makes or breaks a person.
 

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"I just think this goes against the capitalist spirit. People work their asses off to make this world a better place, while a significant number of other individuals are now getting rewarded obscene amounts of money for contributing a b s o l u t e l y nothing. Isn’t that kind of socialism?"

I agree which is why although I spend a lot of time on youtube I've never watched one of his videos I find the idea distasteful.
 

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AFAIK Mr Beast tweeted that he's always going to keep giving things away and reinvesting into his content. He said he's in it to reach as many people as possible.

If people start to get tired of the money giveaway videos, he'll have plenty of ad and sponsorship revenue to invest in a new type of video. Then again, maybe it's the teenage/adult version of YouTube kids, where most of the videos follow the same template just because it gets clicks from 4 year old children. Like people can't resist clicking just because it's so shocking and exorbitant and everyone likes money.

People watch thousands of episodes of who wants to be a millionaire and other quiz and game shows. Mr Beasts videos are less than half the time committment of those, and arguable more binge-worthy
 
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I just think this goes against the capitalist spirit. People work their asses off to make this world a better place, while a significant number of other individuals are now getting rewarded obscene amounts of money for contributing a b s o l u t e l y nothing. Isn’t that kind of socialism?
Capitalism is having the freedom to act.

I agree that what a lot of modern celebrities do is worthless - they're not advancing science, creating great art, writing great music, writing great novels... but what they do is being valued by enough people that they can trade that value for money.

So we're not seeing socialism, we're in a situation where people value nothingness over achievement.
 

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