In the world we live in now, everyone’s a critic. It’s easy to say or do whatever you want online. To quote a great film*, “the internet has given everyone … a voice. For some reason, everybody decides to use that voice to bitch about movies.”
There aren’t many things I do online every single day. I am not a weather checker. Never have been, never will be. I would like to say that I visit the New York Times site daily, but that would be a lie. Nope, I’m more a Google News headline purveyor, and I only read the stories a) that entice me and b) aren’t blocked by my job’s firewall. I can’t even say that I’m a facebook addict, because as God is my witness, this year will be the year I fire facebook.
But I do check out movie websites Slashfilm (/Film) and Ain’t It Cool News every single day. The former is much more of a professional website than the latter, since Harry Knowles’ Ain’t It Cool (which stems from a line in Broken Arrow) looks like it was designed in 1998 by a blind political science major. I read Slashfilm much more fervently because it’s update more every day and the content is freshest. The “you saw it here first” vibe that Ain’t It Cool once had has now transferred to Slashfilm.
However, both websites – and many, countless others – are guilty of editorializing stories and injecting themselves in the writing. The story’s not about you, bro – I don’t care that you think this Robocop remake is a bad idea. All I want to know is what’s going on with it, not how you feel.
I think I need to provide more evidence. I will do this later. You know, like one of these shoddy journalists.
*Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back