" Really, though, how terrible is it that the public can no longer express reactions to various current events in a realm where lots of other people can sse it and think about it?"
Remember when Youtube first came out, I mean before it was owned by Big Brother Google? It was a pretty liberating concept of free-speech.
Now it is very heavily policed, even down to the advertising, and what you can and can't say if you want your video to be monetized.
The whole thing is like a damn Disney film.