I feel like I’ve waxed on about this kind of fare ad nauseum for most of the past few months. I’ll be brief.
This week the world of online film had a bad ride. Plagiarism was uncovered at WhatCulture.com, sleaze rose to the top at Joblo and a Twitch writer was accused of manipulating the content of an interview he’d conducted to fit a pre-determined agenda. And all three played out very publicly.
What is perhaps most worrying about the whole collected affair is the lack of a sense of repercussion. While the author of the purportedly doctored interview was removed from his post at Twitch, the plagiarist at What Culture(?) was served only with an obliquely described “suspension”, and will presumably return to the interwebs one day to continue to litter the boulevards of the information superhighway with other such articles as “10 Teasers Before We Witness Scarlett Johansson Nude In Under The Skin” and “Scarlett Johansson Full Frontal Nudity In Under The Skin – Report“. Affected authors of pieces found to have been plagiarised have been offered $50 in lieu of any problems caused.
The case of the Joblo writer with the fetish for young girls is ultimately the most troubling tho. His publication, a once-notable website on film in the early years of the Internet, deleted the offending article, but in doing so appeared to be blaming the prudes that took offence at the piece in question. A piece which compared the breasts of two young girls who are illegal in many states of the USA, the country of publication. It’s not only a tasteless article, but it’s one which welcomes and celebrates a messed up side of the Internet.
So, an ugly week for film commentary online then. Let’s take solace in the idea that it can’t possibly sink any lower.
Adam Batty – Editor
Further Reading – The Shiznit on the same subject.
This week’s Criticwire Survey – On How To Stop The Problem Of Texting In Cinemas.