We had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. www.examiner.com/african-ameri…
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opinion that the MPA's way of doing things is old and outdated. Moviebob has done a whole series of videos about them over on the Escapist, along with a very comprehensive blog post about how "broken" the Oscars really is, and I strongly recommend you all take a look at his commentary.
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But this, coupled with the recent Derpy fiasco tompreston.deviantart.com/jour… , has convinced me that the rest of the world really needs to make better effort to get up to the speed in which we generally process information.
Online we tend to trade and pass information so fast, that whole arguments and discussions can be started and resolved in a matter of minutes, with all the sources and facts to back up each side of the argument provided in links. Contrary to this, most big corporations and companies take a lot longer to react to events. Remember when the Ps3 blackout happened? Had Sony responded immediately instead of waiting for so long to reassure people that they were doing what they could to fix it, maybe people wouldn't have freaked out so much.
We live in "internet time" whereas the rest of the world operates in "normal time," and the discrepancy is just getting worse. Companies and institutions need to wake up to this trend and get with the program. Instant communication really is becoming instant, and it doesn't take very long anymore to permanently damage a corporation's goodwill now that everything can be fact checked, categorized, saved, reblogged, tweeted, and liked faster than an average person can type a sentence.
Take this whole Derpy issue for example. The incident started picking up steam Saturday the 25th. By Monday the 27th the general Brony community has had the sense to calm down and wait for a reasonable response. But here we are on the 28th and only JUST NOW is memebase starting to react to the events of this past weekend. And memebase is usually considered pretty close to "internet time" too. It's a good bet that Hasbro, a company that likely only works 9-5 mon-fri, probably hasn't even had time to process the full repercussions of the insanity we've worked up in a matter of days. And every day they DON'T respond to it, will just help fuel the fire and infuriate fans further.
As for the Oscars... well. They're just not in touch with how modern society operates anymore. The Oscars is a throwback to the "old man's club" of yore and it's pretty clearly evident by what gets nominated and what wins. Tron Legacy's soundtrack should have won Best Soundtrack last year, Harry Potter should've won something this year. And this isn't just a new offense either. The Academy completely ignored Lord of the Rings until the very last movie, and they outright scorned Stephen Spielberg for almost 20 years (mostly because he was "too young") before finally giving in and awarding him for Schindler's List.
I don't know where I was going with this... it's just something I've become more aware of lately. I'm using the Derpy issue and the Oscars as examples and I don't really want to discuss either here. I just feel that there is a strange disconnect between us, the general public, and them, the big corporations who's primary entertainment is what we thrive upon. I think this is a big reason why I've been getting more and more into internet shows, blogs, and videos and following lesser known personalities like Moviebob, Screwattack, AVGN, Yogscast, etc. The internet just produce the kinds of content I want to see and more frequently than I get from mainstream media.
How long do you think it will be before Television itself becomes completely irrelevant?