October 10, 2004

Blog pimpin

Hmmm, Paramount sent free tickets for Team America: World Police to Matt Haughy and Rob Malda as part of an attempt to market the movie weblogs. Who else?

My first reaction was "wow, blogs are finally getting some respect!" My current reaction is "wow, blogs are not getting any respect!" Why the flip-flop? My guess is that Paramount is worried about critical response, because Matt Stone and Trey Parker haven't been known for their highbrow humor. To counter that, they're trying to get "real people" writing about the movie without 4 years of film school getting in the way.

So is free stuff for bloggers a good thing? I've heard people complain about the quality of film criticism as being too ivory tower, using regular people certainly bypasses that. On the flip side, it also lets the same people who go see Hillary Duff movies into hits. To address this on the individual level reputation comes into play: if you find someone writing reviews in their blog that you agree with, then you keep reading their blog for reviews. On the macro level, if the reviews get published in RDF (although there are several review vocabularies to choose from right now) then they can be aggregated and the wisdom of crowds takes over.

Amazon has made a lot of money by allowing the public to review things. What's happened here is that film studios are treating the public as reviewers and giving ones with lots of whuffie the privileges that professional reviewers get.

Posted by george at October 10, 2004 11:56 AM
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Hey George-

I've been getting many more press releases and info from PR firms both for DCist and Goodspeed Update in the past couple months than ever before - I even got free tickets to an advance screening of the Che movie at the Michigan Theater.

I think the "buzz marketers" and all the other PR people finally are discovering blogs. I mean, it makes sense the blogs with decent traffic would eventually get the same attention as small media orgs ...

Rob

Posted by: Rob at October 14, 2004 01:27 AM

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