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Talk:Destiny (person)

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This article requires attention for the following reason(s):
  • So he's got a quarter of a million followers, so what?
  • Is this really missional, or is is just a pile of YouTube and Twitter bullshit?
  • Please explain why this article furthers RationalWiki's mission, and why it should not be proposed for consignment to the bit bucket.

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Does he have a significant enough following for us to care about him? I want you to check this page to see why I'm asking this. Pizza SLICE.gifDuceMoosoliniYour friendly RW dictator moderator 15:54, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

@DuceMoosolini He's a pretty popular left-wing YouTuber with a following large enough to meet our standards. ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 15:58, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Sounds good then. Thanks for checking. Pizza SLICE.gifDuceMoosoliniYour friendly RW dictator moderator 16:00, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
i mean i'd say so, he does have 204k subscribers Dukeofcurls (talk) 03:52, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

I didn't see it in the article, but Destiny admits that he uses the n-word all the time and in a very convoluted line of reasoning, used his half-Cuban heritage as an excuse for why he gets to say it. https://www.reddit.com/r/Destiny/comments/dlreiq/destiny_gives_himself_the_nword_pass/ (talk) 14:19, 23 October 2019 (UTC)


How are his debates/drama with for example Mike from PA and Peter Coffin bad? It's the people he debated that came out looking bad. For example, Mike from PA accused Destiny of doxxing him by showing a news article about him running for public office which displayed his full name (to proof he lies about being a lawyer), while Mike uses his full name for various social media accounts, or at least for Medium, and has tweeted out his full name 3 months before that. Isn't that clearly arguing in bad faith? How is Destiny in the wrong for exposing that? I don't think these people are infallible by default just because they're lefties. Dapperedavid (talk) 15:27, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm inclined to agree here. I don't think this article is very fair. I disagree with most claims made in the "Bad" section. Firstly, he began to debate leftists, not in an attempt at balance as the article puts it, but because he was worried that much of his community was becoming radicalized. I've been in the community for a while, and I can tell you with certainty that Marxists were becoming a significant part of his fanbase. Destiny really began to get into lefty debates when actual tankies were brigading his subreddit. Making him out to be a centrist is pretty ridiculous. He is still solidly in a center-left position and is constantly critical of the Trump administration and Republican party. Just because he debates the furthest possible fringes of the left along doesn't make him a centrist. The fact that we now have Thought Slime in the external links, who would disagree with much of what this wiki says about Marxism, and whose main critique of Destiny is how liberal he is, is a bit strange.
In addition, while I agree that his fanbase did not really appreciate the lefty debates for the most part, I don't think this is a good metric for his performance. In my opinion, he did a pretty good job exposing poor arguments on the far left. He demonstrated that Peter Coffin wasn't very honest in his representation of him, that Noncompete's and Ben Burgis' ideal societies would be very difficult to construct and that Mike and Caleb were for the most part, dishonest actors. Really, the beginning of the lefty debates are very similar to when he started debating conservatives. Destiny had a whole lot of conservatives in his fanbase when he started to discuss politics. They didn't really appreciate his attacks on the president, or really any of his content. This doesn't make it invalid. KGlife (talk) 14:13, 26 November 2019 (UTC)

Issues with this page[edit]

While I do appreciate the effort of the people who put time into making this article, it doesn't really hold up to the rationalwiki standard in my opinion. It reads like a category of people Destiny has debated with a bit of stuff at the end that doesn't really cap things off. This article needs more explanation as to why Destiny did a good or bad job at debating the people listed and more information on his rhetoric or accomplishments/failures. As of now, it seems like more of a reflection of the writer's opinions than of the actual content of the person.

I do understand I've written a bit on this article, but my edits were mainly restructuring what people had already articulated. So please don't call me a hypocrite.


Oxyaena (again, for the n-th time)[edit]

@Oxyaena Undo your revert and give me reasons to modify it. Don't just revert it.— Unsigned, by: GR / talk / contribs

Raven's political edits are usually amateurish at best[edit]

and this is no exception. It reads like something a fanboy would write. I recommend reverting it. Oxyaena Harass 18:38, 18 August 2020 (UTC)

what? I dislike Destiny. What do you object to? @OxyaenaGodless Raven SDAPOe logo.svg talkstalkwalkbalk 🌹 Flag of Europe.svg 19:09, 18 August 2020 (UTC)
Looks fine to me except for the part where he links communism twice in one paragraph. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 19:09, 18 August 2020 (UTC)

He advocated for violence on BLM protesters[edit]

https://twitter.com/zei_squirrel/status/1299877252579155968 Jesus christ, I never thought he'd say something like this. StudentofPhilosophy (talk) 02:26, 13 September 2020 (UTC)

His position on ableism is now more complicated[edit]

One of his general positions is described as "He seems to have a problem with not using ableist slurs.", but since this was added his position seems to have changed. On his community discord ableist slurs are banned, but this seems to be at odds with the fact that he will still, on occasion, uses them himself. From a quick search, the only thing I can find where he addresses his position on ableist slurs are at this link https://youtu.be/4UAvbomI6hc?t=911, in which he explains that using ableist slurs is probably bad. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

On Missionality[edit]

@Cosmikdebris Well man, sup? It's 04:50 am where I am right now so forgive me for the incoming textwall. I'm so dizzy and groggy. Don't say I didn't warn ya. I'll try and argue for this article being here (though I'm not fully convinced that it should be, but bare with me. Also by the time I have written this someone will probably be here before me with a snarky one liner or something, but whatever).

Firstly: "So he's got a quarter of a million followers, so what?"

No, that's what I thought as well, but check his Twitch . Man's got almost SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND followers. That's madness. I watched all of five minutes of footage of this guy while I was fixing the bare urls, and I couldn't believe it. How can anyone stand to watch this lad for any length of time? His voice and attitude are grating. But a shit ton of people DO watch him. That's the thing. If you want to argue that he doesn't meet notability requirements, then that argument isn't convincing. He is very popular and well known, and his fanbase might even grow and get bigger. Also, think of all the people who aren't his subs. The people who hate him still know him. They still watch clips of his debates. Those sub numbers don't tell the full story here.

Second point: "Is this really missional, or is is just a pile of YouTube and Twitter bullshit?"

4. Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.

Twitter and YouTube ARE media though. They are the new, social forms of media. You know the way the horse and cart became irrelevant when cars became a thing? Well, newspapers and radio stations are struggling to make ends meet these days, cause they are becoming increasingly less relevant. When we walk down the street, or sit on a bus, how many of the young people are reading a physical version of The Times to get their political opinions? How many of them listen to a conventional radio station to get a news update? None. Zero, nada, zilch. They are all walking around, heads hunched over their screens. The world is different man. See this debate between Buckley and Chomsky? Yeah, no, those fecking days are gone. Kids ain't getting their political opinions, or their current affairs, or their worldviews from shit like the TV. This is gonna sound dumb, but gamer bros like this Destiny kid are the equivalents of political analysts - and it will only get worse when the next crop of kids grow older. You know I talked to like, a seven year old boy not that long ago, and I swear to you the lad was a walking internet meme. Every damn joke he made was a reference to some video game I never heard of. I got my phone when I was 14, a shitty nokia flip phone. This kid got his dad's smartphone at FIVE! Ya reckon our younger user base knows who the fuck Rush Limbaugh is? Their parents do. But we are on the internet Cosmik. We too are a new type of media, and our readers ain't the Chomsky/Buckley generation. They are the YouTube/Twitter drama generation. By the God's man, the President of the United State TWEETS whenever he feels like it. Twitter drama is the new norm. (Yes I know. Let that shit sink in man. It hit me fucking hard. It hits me every time the newsreader opens with "Donald Trump did a stupid on the internet again!"). If Elon Musk's Twitter drama has an effect on the stock market, we can't hand wave it away as irrelevant. This bullshit affects the real world around us. The Christchurch shooter was radicalized online through this edgy online gamer bollox. Of course it's relevant.

Third: "Please explain why this article furthers RationalWiki's mission, and why it should not be proposed for consignment to the bit bucket."

Right, so what does Destiny do? He does what we do. Like, quite literally, he talks to cranks, some of whom are anti-science, some of whom are authoritarians, analyses their ideas, sometimes refutes them. This is a long read but please read it man, just, the entire thing. All the door to door bible thumpers, the old foggies with their nonsense? They will kick the bucket soon. Horse and cart, getting replaced by the car. No popular radio presenters will remain in the future. No real papers. No tuning in to panel discussions on TV. This nonsense? This BULLSHIT of edgy gamer bros radicalising kids into becoming neo-fascists, or de-radicalizing them? That's here to stay. That's the future. And if Destiny is idolised (and don't ask me why the fuck, but he is), if kids look up to him, get their political opinions from him, and some of these opinions are potentially shit, then yeah, I reckon we should keep tabs on him. And people like him. We can platform him if he does good, and debunk if he does bad. It's what we would do to a popular, controversial radio presenter. And I reckon we should do it to these folks too.

Write me a counter argument man, I hope I wasn't like, nasty or something. I can't tell right now cause I'm sleepy. I'm sorry if I was. You and I don't truly understand this, cause we are "boomers" (I'm in my twenties, and I can't relate to any of the young people I meet, they treat me like I'm their grandpa or some shit). So I tried to adopt their viewpoint. It looks silly from the outside to us. But to them? To them, this shit means the world. Adios. - Rairyu75 (Talk) 04:52, 10 October 2020 (UTC)

@Rairyu75 Thank you for taking the time to respond. The NYT article is especially informative. I concede that the topic is missional, but the article as written doesn't seem to convey that very well. The article is rather light on context and is focused on what this guy does in the social media world instead of the part he plays in combatting the alt-right and radical thought so prevalent on newer platforms like YouTube. My purpose in putting up the missionality and 'significantly problematic' banners was to spur contributors here to improve the article. I'm still on the wire as to whether Destiny needs an article of his own, or if his activities are better served as citations and examples in a higher level article that deals in general with extremist and radical voices on social media. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 15:43, 10 October 2020 (UTC)