The YouTube channel my nephew puts on almost every time he visits is some super annoying let's play/family vlogging account. It has all the stink of desperate YouTuber scthick (shock faces! yelling over cheapo Steam horror games! whoa we got a big new toy!) and the kids being involved front and center. After a while I realized the insidious appeal of it where kids, like my nephew, get this vicarious view of a "happy fun family." It's like a whole layer of parasocial relationship that acts like a salve to his own family's humdrum or dysfunctional day-to-day.Of course he's 10 so way too young to understand the big forces at play and his parents are clueless and act like YouTube is this frivolous thing. It's all very it's depressing and it made me wonder what sort of unforeseen rot has been planted in his brain.My hope is that when a lot of the kids who were the target audience of these families grow up, there's a generational conversation they can have about how fucked up this all was (and rightfully asking their parents and powers that be why this was allowed to happen).