- 15 Feb 18
In the ‘attention economy’ of Youtube, scandal and outrage are an essential part of the currency. With anti-semitism and insensitivity about suicide seen as grist to the mill by so called ‘YouTubers’, alarm bells have been ringing...
Logan Paul, a successful YouTube vlogger, made headlines recently when he posted a vlog of his trip to the Aokigahara ‘Suicide’ forest in Japan. The forest is infamous for being the site of hundreds of annual suicides, with mouldering human remains being a common sight among the trees.
In the forest, Paul comes across what seems to be the body of a recently deceased man hanging by his neck from a tree. Paul recoils in horror at the sight of the body, calling out, “Yo, are you alive, are you foolin’ us?” He then spends several minutes capering around the corpse and exclaiming how he had never seen a dead body before.
The backlash was immediate, Paul was the target of widespread condemnation for what was deemed by many a grimly voyeuristic video. He has since deleted it from his channel.