What is “Viewer Discretion?”

Struggling Foal pushed by chopper

*Feel the need to put this at the top.

Please do not bombard YouTube. This article is just “food for thought” on the real care we need to use when choosing our words that will define our reality. And a reminder to be “extra” aware right now how we respond to the words we are given.


Many of us post things on YouTube. Kids share their adolescent angst, parents their kids achievements, you can find just about anything on YouTube. I’ve seen flowers grow in slow motion and I have heard from my teens there is a guy that boasts about peeing in mailboxes.

I’ve never had any issues with posting on YouTube until now.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a brief video illustrating some of the actions sanctioned by the Obama administration and carried out by the Bureau of Land Management.

Here is a YouTube of Ken Salazar talking about a trip to Yellowstone he made with Obama.

Salazar was Obama’s choice for head of the Department of Interior. Here is a Youtube of Salazar reading to school children.

The clip I posted simply shows footage and documents location and notes that the foal died and the reason.

Within a couple of hours people had trouble viewing it. They were getting this message:

You must be logged in to view this video.

The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised. Please confirm that you wish to view this video.

This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube’s user community. Please confirm that you wish to view this video.

This video is unavailable.

A few hours later it was running smoothly and people could see it. Then I was notified that error messages began to appear on the link again, and then in a few hours was back up. Last night I tried to view the clip and received the error for over an hour. (I have uploaded content before from the same program and not had this kind of  difficulty).

The next video was put up to show how horses are processed at Palomino Valley. The intent of that video was to show that observing the process is not as dangerous as BLM is stating as they bar the public from witnessing the horses processed at the new Fallon Facility where the equipment is identical to that in my video.

This video was up for over 24 hours without any issue. Equine Welfare  Alliance put out a press release and within one hour it was flagged. Same code:

You must be logged in to view this video.

The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially offensive or inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised. Please confirm that you wish to view this video.

This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube’s user community. Please confirm that you wish to view this video.

This video is unavailable.


It’s up now and running fine. Again all it shows it processing horses. An action sanctioned by the Obama administration and carried out by BLM.

Flagging the posts in itself really means nothing. It changes nothing.

But what it does do is illustrate language and it’s effect on us. At  first I was confused and upset that the video would not get out to people. Then I received email from others that were really upset that the video was down. People that really care.

So I thought for a minute.

A few definitions courtesy of the internet dictionary:

of·fen·sive

Pronunciation: &-’fen-siv

Function: adjective

1 : of, relating to, or designed for attack <offensive weapons>

2 : causing displeasure or resentment; especially : contrary to a particular or prevailing sense of what is decent, proper, or moral offensive way> —see also OBSCENE —of·fen·sive·ly adverb —of·fen·sive·ness noun

in·ap·pro·pri·ate

Pronunciation: \ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət\

Function: adjective: not appropriate : unsuitable

— in·ap·pro·pri·ate·ly adverb

— in·ap·pro·pri·ate·ness noun

not appropriate; not proper or suitable: an inappropriate dress for the occasion.

Now let me ask you this:

Was the subject matter contained in the videos offensive?

Was it inappropriate?

(OK,  this creates  another interesting question if the actions in the video are condoned and funded by our government, doesn’t it?).

YouTube warns:  Viewer discretion is advised

dis·cre·tion

/dɪˈskrɛʃən/ Show Spelled[dih-skresh-uhn] Show IPA

–noun

1.the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice: It is entirely within my discretion whether I will go or stay.

2.the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one’s own actions or speech; prudence or decorum: Throwing all discretion to the winds, he blurted out the truth.

I believe they can bank on it.