- There is a certain schadenfreude in watching a self-proclaimed moral authority fall—especially one who looks like these YouTubers: young and lithe, with perfect skin and seemingly endless vacation time. It is akin to watching the Varsity Blues scandal unfold, but if those rich and beautiful people also posted chiding Instagram captions about “enslaving animals for the sake of our taste buds.”
Long, long before George RR Martin wrote Game of Thrones - long before he was a staff writer on Beauty and the Beast - he wrote a story called Sandkings. Sandkings was about a rich man who collected exotic pets who ended up buying an alien ant farm (no relation). The ants had the advantage of worshipping their provider as a god with sculptures and everything. Unfortunately the rich man was twisted and proved that creatures living in a warped universe create a warped culture.
I've had a suspicion that Martin wrote an analogy for the Internet twenty years before the Internet for a while now.