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The destructive nature of internet snark and why you should all be reading Todd Alcott’s blog

Whenever I get a chance to see “Where the Wild Things Are” I’ll be sharing my own thoughts. In the meantime, my favorite blogger – the perpetually insightful Todd Alcott – shares his thoughts on the critical reaction and response to the film HERE.

I have to say that even without having seen the film, I’ve found most of the complaints directed towards the film by critics to be a bit more than ludicrous. To extrapolate, I’m finding more and more as of late that the pervasiveness of unnecessary snark and defeatism that has come as an extension of the overwhelming influence of “the blogosphere” is ruining the genre of critical writing. Or I should say what people perceive to be critical writing.

Being a critic means dissecting something in a meaningful and thought-provoking way, not tearing something apart because you think it’d make for a sexier read or because you’re looking for something to be wrong with the film. That’s the difference between an online critic and somebody like Roger Ebert; if Ebert completely lambastes a film, it’s because it doesn’t succeed in certain critical areas pertinent to film-making, not because he goes into a film chomping at the bit and ready to write the most scathing review possible before having even seen it.

Well, okay, maybe he did with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” but who can blame him?

My point is that as much as traditional print media missed the boat in adapting their business model to suit the needs of an ever-changing world brought on by the blogosphere, I’m deathly afraid that we are sitting idly by and allowing the uneducated and untrained to continue their hostile takeover of media. Whether it’s online bloggers whose general tone can be summarized with “Pffffft” or the over-use of “FAIL” as a descriptor (I personally think we need to abolish it immediately though that’s a rant for another time), I can feel the general tone of critical response in all mediums becoming more confrontational and far less constructive. It’s anti-intellectualism that doesn’t realize it’s anti-intellectualism, which makes it even more counter-productive to critical thinking.

On the other hand, I’m a 27-year-old crank myself, so who am I to judge?

Long story short, put Todd Alcott’s blog in your RSS readers and stop using the word “FAIL.”

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