School of Movies

Fan Response

September 26, 2013

[Digital Gonzo 2013]

This episode, originally published in September 2013 I invited on Bob Chipman, AKA MovieBob along with Daniel Floyd and Leelee Scalaferri of Extra Credits to talk about the age old scenario of fans flipping their lids when something they love is perceived as being meddled with. With the ascent of Twitter and Facebook, forums, comments sections and YouTube we have more opportunities than ever before to voice our discontent, and voice it we have in ways often so hostile and illegible that some sections of the internet appear to be transcripts of the death-screeching of broken killer robots with electronic Tourette's syndrome. 

Among other specific instances we cover Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist frequency, The Xbox One, Batfleck, Phil Fish, Grand Theft Auto V, Devil May Cry, Mass Effect 3, Green Lantern, The Star Wars Special Editions and Fifty Shades of Grey. The aim was not to be wholly objective and detached and there is a lot of opinion being flung back and forth during this crackling debate with four vibrant personalities all vying for the mic, but we do try our best to be fair.  

To illustrate the many facets of this immense debate I have employed audio segments from some of the best and brightest.

With Great Power [Bob Chipman: The Big Picture] 
Crass Effect [Bob Chimpan: Game Overthinker] 
Rebecca Black [Charlie Brooker: 10 O’ Clock Live] 
Anita Sarkeesian: The Monster Gamers Created [Jim Sterling: Jimquisition] 
Harassment [Daniel Floyd & James Portnow: Extra Credits] 
GTA V Review Revulsion [Johnny Chiodini: GameSpot - Feedbackula] 
Guide to Comments [Vi Hart] 
A Day at the Park [Kiriakakis: Mused]

Bob, Dan and Leelee have made hundreds of video presentations between them and their recommendations if you're newcomers are the following.

Extra Credits [Of Penny Arcade TV]

  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel
  • A Little Bit of Yesterday
  • Art is not the Opposite of Fun


  • The Big Picture - Skin Game
  • Game Overthinker - Never Grow Old

Music on the show played by Lindsey Stirling

  • Crystallize 
  • Elements
  • Electric Daisy Violin

Of course there wasn't time to discuss a bunch of well known examples, including the Derpy Hooves debacle but we do want this show to spark debate on ways for the more considerate side of the internet to gain more of a vocal share of the general discussion, which often seems to be dominated by the enraged and abusive.

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