Has anyone noticed that since the interwebs became the primary communication tool for the human species that, as a society, we’ve all taken a turn towards the mean side of things?
And I’m not talking about the cyber-bullying swarms out there, but more about how quickly we jump on a bandwagon that’s draped with a banner proclaiming WE HATE ________________.
How is it that we’ve gone from a culture of the individual to a culture of joiners?
Where did we stop thinking for ourselves and switch to the blithely ignorant masses?
I present to you three cases of group hating:
1) Everybody hates Nickelback.
2) Everybody hates AVATAR.
3) Everybody hates Uwe Boll.
But when you boil everything down with facts, only one of the above bares out to be true.
Let’s start with the first item… about how everybody on the planet hates Nickelback according to the sentiment of the internet.
Fact: According to Pollstar, Nickelback is 6th on the list of touring bands last year.
Fact: Nickelback sells an average of 6 million albums per release.
And yet everybody online claims that they’re worse than the Black Plague – which makes no bloody sense when you take into account the cash they rake in since obviously a lot of people are buying their CDs, going to their concerts, and snapping up their merchandise.
Their Facebook page has 3,753,664 fans – nearly as many as Jay-Z.
If the internet hatred mills was correct, Nickelback would have a hard time booking third rate bars in nowhere towns like Buttfuck, Idaho – and that simply isn’t the case.
Alright, now on to the second item: the universal hatred for James Cameron’s AVATAR.
Despite being relatively new to the cultural awareness, AVATAR still racks up the kind of seething hate that Nickelback does when you tour around the web’s various message boards, site forums, and self-styled movie review depots.
They poke fun at the CGI… say the story was ripped off from other movies… call Sam Worthington wooden, etc.
Ready for the facts?
FACT: Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time.
FACT: Avatar won a number of Oscars.
FACT: Despite the potentially enormous cost, 20th Century Fox has said okay to 2 more sequels to what is apparently the most hated movie ever.
Finally… on to the lats group.
Everybody hates Uwe Boll.
No… really… everybody does.
Uwe Boll is a movie “director” based out of Germany who buys up movie properties and then proceeds to destroy that property with completely inept, incompetent, idiotic, moronic, senseless movies that could be written and directed by drunken raccoons who had figured out how to turn on a camcorder someone left outside.
Boll’s reign of cinematic terror was enabled for a long while by a peculiar tax benefit that guaranteed any movie production to – at the bare minimum – break even so that no money was lost by any party involved… which meant that no matter how shitty your movie was, you’d still make your money back.
Needless to say, this removed Uwe Boll from the end consequences of his playing movie director – there was no danger to him or the people he bilked into investing – which would normally be something along the lines of being banned for life from anything resembling a video camera.
Five of his “films” are on the list of 100 worst movies ever over at RottenTomatoes.com
So… the internet loves to rage – and really, that’s no surprise to anyone who reads the comments on any randomly selected YouTube video.
The problem with “Haters” (those people who hate certain things for no discernible or logical reason) is they skew the internet society’s view of things and issues – preventing someone new to the scene from trying something that they might actually enjoy by making that person feel they’ll be somehow unpopular by doing so.
Now… before anyone who’s a regular reader of this blog says “but you hate a lot of things!“, let me remind you that I always explain my particular dislikes – mainly because I don’t want to be seen as a Hater.
In the end, I think the problem of Haters is due to the “quick hit” mentality of the Internet Generation where people what the information they’re seeking fast – a deterioration in the type of objective thought that would have normally been engaged when confronted with a supposed fact… but that would take too much time in the Google age.
It’s surprising how an entire school of thought (or lack thereof) has spread from the redneck population to more than 1/6th of the world – and will continue to saturate the internet consciousness for the foreseeable future… or at least until it becomes cool again to think.
It’s never been cool to be smart.