Internet Culture

Boiling Point

In a very real way, the Internet was invented so that people could bitch about stuff. You might think that the internet was a invented (by Al Gore) as a way of people to share information. This is true. But once that moved out of the military sector and into the real world, the internet became about connecting people and people are excellent at sharing one thing: their opinion. Whether it is good or bad, people are very ready to tell you what they think about everything from movies to television, sports to politics. Never has information, and opinions good or bad, traveled so quickly. The nature of this beast is that people are going to share. They’re going to overshare. You’re going to get cat pictures, dog pictures, and NSFW cat pictures. You’re going to hear about what people love, hate, and don’t care about. You’re going to tell them the same thing. This is the Internet. Welcome to it. It’s time to quit bitching about it.


Channel Guide - Large

In 2010, after the release of the largely panned Cop Out, Kevin Smith tweeted a short but passionate polemic against movie critics (that most loathsome subsect of the human species who sit up in their ivory towers and pass judgments), writing, “From now on, any flick I’m ever involved with, I conduct screenings thusly: you wanna see it early to review it? Fine: pay like you would if you saw it next week. Like, why am I giving an arbitrary 500 people power over what I do at all, let alone for free [?] Why’s their opinion more valid?” In the interest of full disclosure, I have attended free press screenings, but I still think that Smith’s gripe had merit. Spoilers with Kevin Smith, a new Hulu original series that debuted on the site Monday, is the director’s attempt to fix the “backwards system” that perturbed him so. The web talk show’s mission? As Smith puts it on his blog, “we don’t review movies on Spoilers; we revere them.”

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