Kyburz, Bonnie L.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
This thesis aims to examine YouTube’s Terms of Service as it applies to content creators (known as YouTubers) who use the platform as a means of financial gain and how YouTube’s demonetization policy via an algorithm is negatively affecting them. I conducted a case study featuring one creator, Michelle Guido, and attempted to determine why some of her content is demonetized when it fulfills YouTube’s content standards for monetization. This study is meant as an examination through the lens of Dr. N. Katherine Hayles’s theory of posthumanism as stated in her book, How We Became Posthuman, and will offer insight into the disembodied algorithm and how it may be combatted for a more democratic usage.
Bresnahan, Sarah, "Youtube’s Terms of Service: Posthumanism, Algorithms, and Professional Writing" (2019). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6882.
Northern Illinois University
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