About a week ago I had a hilarious idea for an article. I would examine the internet’s mob mentality with a little social experiment using social media, in this case Facebook.
So on the Monday before “The Dark Knight Rises” premiered this was my status, Wow, that was a pretty ballsy move, having Bruce Wayne get killed in the end, I guess Nolan wanted to make sure this really was the last film. Wonder how the Bat-Fans will take it?
And here were some of the responses: Asshole, DIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!, dude, i have avoided reddit and news sites and forums and movie sites. all i check is facebook and i should’ve known to avoid it., Not cool. That’s a dick thing to do dude. Why not give all the plots out. Bruce Willis is a ghost in the end and Darth Vader is Luke’s father. I hope you are messing around. Douche., thanks for the spoiler… ass,
and my personal favorite: I am unfriending you. I waited a long time to see this film as I am a fan of Nolan’s work. I think it is inconsiderate that people purposely ruin thing for a laugh. Fuck you
Now before I go on, I should note two things….first off I have a friend who saw an early screening and told me in detail the ending of the film and this is not it….so one COULD say upon seeing the movie these people should have thanked me because they thought they knew what was going to happen, then it didn’t WHAT A TWIST!
The other thing I should note is that I got the idea from a friend of mine (despite his being Canadian) who made this shirt to wear at the midnight show.
Now what we were doing is commonly referred to as “trolling” saying something just to get a reaction, and most of the reactions were pretty funny, especially the unfriending ones….but then I got a couple of emails from people I didn’t even know. Apparently some of the people that had unfriended me, posted about it elsewhere and posted my page link. It was your standard threats against my life and car, that sort of thing. But it brought to my attention the dangers of the gang like mob mentality that many on the internet have. And speaking of that….
This is mc chris.
mc chris is a “nercore” rapper best known for his songs “Fett’s Vette” from the “Jack and Miri” soundrtack, and “Hoodie Ninja” from a recent car ad, as well as the voice of MC PeePants on “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”, and Hesh on “Sealab 2021″ I’ve been a fan and have known the guy casually for years. When he plays in Atlanta I’ll usually be one of the costumed guys on stage with him at the beginning of the show (Stormtrooper, Ghostbuster Etc) Anyway, that same week mc threw a guy out of his show for standing on the front row by the stage and tweeting/texting rather than watching the show. The guy posted on Reddit and all Hell broke loose. See Chris does that a lot and IMHO 99% of the time its justified. But the Reddit post brought a bunch of other people out of the woodwork that had been thrown out for things. Their posts are like “All I did was set my beer glass on stage by his feet”, “So I called the Stormtrooper fat? So what?”, “Yeah I tweeted that the opening act sucked, but I don’t care if their friends, they should have been better!”
And what happened to me two days prior happened to mc on an incredibly huge scale. Pages of comments on several sites about how terrible of a person he is on Reddit, his message boards, his facebook and twitter. Physical threats, death threats. So he apologizes and everybody accepts it and moves on.
Just kidding, the threats got worse and he ended up making an apology video in which he breaks down crying a couple of times.
See I wanted to combine both of those stories to make a plea to everyone out there….including myself.
The best part of the internet is it gives everyone a voice.
The worst part of the internet is it gives EVERYONE a voice.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone, but we really need to be careful what we say and how we pile on people online…..but no one’s gonna get that message because this assclown decided he was a super villain.
Now because of this idiot innocent people lost their lives, theaters across the country are overreacting, and the internet mob mentality is taking over yet again with everyone using this as a reason to debate gun law. Stay Classy, Internet.
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