This interview originally appeared in the March 3rd issue of Out Here.
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: I’m Steven Bonnell, I do online live political commentary alongside gameplay.
What work have you done that you’re most proud of?
I really enjoy the long-form discussions I have with other political commentators online. I feel like I’ve exposed a lot of the fallacious/misleading thought processes that some of these people push others towards.
What do you feel are some of the best ways you can insulate your business from unfavorable changes in the digital landscape?
Being as diversified as possible is important, both in your distribution platforms (broadcasting or uploading content to multiple sources) and in your revenue streams (making money through as many different means/companies as possible).
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned about people and interacting with them in the last few years of doing political content?
Be on good terms with as many people as possible, you have no idea how many opportunities you lose by burning bridges.
How do you go about responsibly platforming people with extreme views, such as white nationalist, etc.?
You need to be experienced with the arguments/topics beforehand so you’re capable of refuting any of the more extreme points brought up. Platforming extremists can be done responsibly as long as you’re able to argue responsibly with them.