Street racing videos promote more street racing – Manila Newsletter
You’ve probably seen a video or two of motorcyclists racing on the highway or on provincial roads. In the videos, they tuck their head and body in to reduce wind resistance, squeeze through traffic, and approach speeds that make other cars appear as if they are standing still.
These are videos from motovloggers (motorcycle video bloggers) and their desire for views and subscriptions is wreaking havoc on our streets.
They are not all bad. Many motorcycle vloggers have produced valuable and positive content, like rides in scenic spots, reviews of new models or accessories, or even how-to videos for common maintenance issues. However, some of these motorcycle vloggers decided to focus on the very illegal act of street racing.
Being exciting in nature and also illegal in nature, it’s no surprise that the vlogs that capture these scenes get the valuable views from users. The high speed mixed with danger and unpredictability easily keeps viewers glued, waiting for what happens next. Content creators are encouraged to download this type of content consistently, as sites like YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook reward them financially once they reach a certain subscriber threshold, like 100,000 or 200,000. Viewers tend to subscribe to a particular content creator if they consistently and regularly produce videos with an interesting topic.
Unfortunately, this system becomes a feedback loop. Driven by the desire to make money from their videos, content creators are focusing more on this type of content. It’s all about street racing, furrows on twisty roads, and generally ignoring the laws of the road. Naturally, this attracts more viewers, bolsters their reputation as a “fearless runner” and sets them on the right path to the next level and higher incomes.
It has gotten to the point where these original “outlaws” are now able to afford bigger, better and faster motorcycles, show them off to their viewers, and race the streets at even faster speeds. higher. Some of those viewers are watching longingly, seeing these videos as a way to get rich quick, buy that dream bike, and be an admired outlaw, just like the content creator they are subscribed to.
As such, it only creates more road hooligans – many with little knowledge of how to drive properly, let alone its illegality – who ride fast and recklessly down the road in hopes of becoming the next YouTube motorcycle star. As you can imagine, this leads to a lot of accidents on the road. Those unlucky enough to fall victim to this recklessness have discovered the hard way that these thugs can barely afford the proper safety gear, let alone pay for repairs to the vehicles and property they inevitably damage.
Motovloggers have already started to slander these bad influences and encourage the public to stop patronizing them. Surprisingly enough, the outlaws fought back, justifying these videos as their source of income and washing their hands of their responsibilities. They say they can’t control what audiences get out of their videos. Yet if you have to resort to illegal activities (street racing, exceeding the speed limit) to make money, doesn’t that make you a criminal?
As of this writing, they continue to be heard, responding to accusations with curses and grimaces like the petulant children they are. Fortunately, the LTO has started cracking down on their videos, finding their identities and issuing show cause orders to violators. Yet that is not enough to stop this wave of reckless crime. As viewers, it is your responsibility to report these videos to social media moderators. These are also our streets. It is time for us to take them back.
(The author is the automotive editor of the Manila Bulletin.)
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