Feeling good about skipping the Oscars last night


According to Twitter and other sources, there was some ugly, obnoxious shit aimed at the little girl who was nominated (weirdly, getting an “account suspended” page on that link), plus general awfulness. Apparently, it’s still going on, if you’re willing read the comments. Yeah, comments are ugly but it’s also a sign of who we are.

I’m not sure what’s supposed to be the point of making nasty remarks about the actors and directors whose work has been nominated. Puncturing the pretensions of people who make art? Please. It’s art, it’s supposedly the pinnacle achievement to win this sort of recognition, and generally-speaking people have to do great work for years to get to this point.

There’s this idea that the Oscars need to be entertaining for the masses, which I guess means taking digs at people.

Whatever. It’s just another set of awards, which means it’s pretty much meaningless except to those who are deeply invested in it. I just wish they didn’t judge the value of the ceremony by the ratings, and try to drive ratings with shitty behavior.

In other news, I was unusually active on my blog this weekend. To link back:

Why Libraries Still Matter: I respond to That Article.

EMP Followup I heard back from the Experience Music Project about PanelFail.

In which I deny my son an Xbox . My kid wants to play All The Games, but I expect something more from him.

Okay. Writing to do.