By Andrew Marantz. It could be said that ContraPoints videos debunk pernicious ideologies the way that Snopes articles debunk false rumors, but that comparison sells Natalie Wynn short. For many people, this news raised two questions: Is there no depth to which the human soul will not sink? Only one of those questions was Googleable. Natalie Wynn, the creator of the comico-philosophical YouTube channel ContraPoints , wanted to make a video that was both more trenchant and entertaining than the others. But I also wanted to keep digging until I had a theory about how someone might start out in a decent place and end up in such a fucked-up place.
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YouTube's office is filled with its history. Over here, the SmarterEveryDay guys talk about the brain-bending backwards bicycle. Over there, Rick Astley promises he's never gonna let you down. YouTube's employees work in a semi-permanent state of RickRoll. And of course, the red play button is everywhere you look: big doorways, small desk ornaments. He envisions an app so good, an algorithm so perfect, that it knows exactly what you want to watch at any given time.