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February 28, 2012


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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.…

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Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opinion that the MPA's way of doing things is old and outdated.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.………

But this, coupled with the recent Derpy fiasco… , 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?
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DTJB Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another good example of why the Oscars don't matter. The Big Lebowski: cult classic, great characters, hilarious beyond measure and is practically loved by everyone who watches it. When it first came out, it wasn't even nominated. Probably because it was a comedy or the whole concept just wasn't mainstream enough.

Yet another example. Watched some show reviewing the Grammys, or maybe it was awards in general, I think MTV produced it...anyway, narration talks about whether or not the Grammys REALLY celebrate the best artists ever and if the awards really mean anything. Cut to a clip of Little Richard as a presenter for Best New Artist, and he announces himself as the winner, exclaiming he's been in the business for so long and still hasn't won a Grammy.

One more classic Grammy example. Grammys decided to introduce a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal award in 1988. Metallica was the favorite to win with their ...And Justice For All album. Jethro Tull was nominated for Crest of a Knave, even though the band clearly isn't metal. Jethro Tull was so certain they weren't going to win, they didn't bother showing up to the ceremony. Guess who actually won the Grammy? Yep. As a jab to the whole fiasco, Metallica released new copies of ...And Justice For All with a sticker reading "Grammy Award LOSERS".

Sometimes award shows are irrelevant in honoring greatness and you have to find great art in other mediums. And sometimes, the nominated and unmentioned stuff is even better.
ImmaComicGenius Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TV will always be relevant to me.
Inuranchan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I realize this is an old journal (I'm mostly going through your journal to find out if you deleted your "Welcome to the Internet" drawing) but I'm very curious...I thought Rango was brilliant and much better than the rest of the nominees, who did you want to win? Tin Tin? I haven't seen it yet honestly, but I bet it was better than Puss in probably deserved to be up there at the least.

Also, chris rock...I found it both funny and insulting....but lets not get into that...
Needleguns Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you kidding me? His joke was HARMLESS.
People always overreact!
My god, can we really not share a good joke once in a while?

Hilarious joke. People offended are idiots. End of discussion.
Constatinoplean Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
The TV and movies' industries are on their last legs and they are not adapting to the new generation of entertainment, we all know that. It's only a matter of maybe 5-10 years (if even!) before they're dead. :shrug:

But instead of discussing the relevance (or lack thereof) of TV, the more important thing is to protect the liberties of the internet (not trying to sound like a broken record here! :lmao: ) But SOPAIreland just got ministerial bypass and now the parliament here is also considering charging a yearly internet licence for those who watch TV online. Traditionally, we have the British model of paying an annual TV licence (except that unlike the UK, we get 4 REALLY shitty channels which are watered-down copies of the BBC and ITV). Now that we have to change to digital boxes as analog is being faced out in Europe, no-one is renewing their licences and that's why the new charge is being dicussed.
Awesomedudeperson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
What's television?
konekoangel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Thumbs up* True, true.
coolcat9728 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I occasionally watch History channel or some movie channel on directv but other than that I'll watch gaming stuff on the internet, it's easier to get to and theirs more selection.
vbcnxm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
disregard television, acquire Skyrim
lavie-chan-lady Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
I actually agree with you on this stuff. I think it's why I find the People's Choice awards more credible than the oscars.
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