So today I was watching some Nerf reviews and trying to get different perspectives on the latest round of products that were launched for the Summer of 2015. For me, my regular watchlist currently consists of Coop772, Drac, and Bobololo. We'll call them my "Big 3". There are other great reviews out there, but I always find myself checking up on these three frequently because of their consistency, accuracy, ability to get new content out quickly, and (above all) their honesty. But every time I watch a review on YouTube for a Nerf Review, there's "Nerf Boy Productions" that comes up. And yes, I can hear your eyes rolling from here.
And then there's this.
Even a math class dropout can combine all three of the reviews I actually watch and figure out that NBP has a considerably higher amount of views... than ALL 3 COMBINED. I figured "oh what the heck... maybe it's worth a chuckle to watch and THAT's why there's so many views." I proceeded to watch it.
I'm sure there could be a political debate about how this is "mirroring society's ignorance to the facts" or what-have-you, but just in terms of Nerf... this is bad. When a kid making awful reviews about products is getting more than DOUBLE the views of three proficient and knowledgeable reviewers, something is incredibly wrong. I could add in other great reviewers sites to my list and STILL not come close to the kind of exposure that Nerf Boy Productions has managed to achieve.
Fight the power? Post "u suck u stoopid" comments all over every video? Write a letter to the editor? Nope. Not really anything I can do to stop it from happening. However, I can at least attempt to reach people who are actually in-tune with the Nerf world and URGE you to support good channels and outlets. Southern Brisbane Nerf Club, Bay Area Nerf, there's a ton! Perhaps, in educating Nerf fans of good reviews, the NBP banter won't get quite as much exposure and we can actually help people make informed decisions.