We really like Harry Knowles over at www.Aintitcool.com. For some reason, he’s drawn himself as a space baby in the picture above on his site, but we say more power to him. Maybe he really is a space baby at heart. Unlike Leftists, we don’t impose our will on others. Let Knowles have his space baby dreams.
Joaquin’s from Texas and has spent a lot of time in Austin, where Knowles is based, and says he was a very nice guy on the two or three occasions in which he’s met him (at the Alamo Draft House, where Knowles hosts movie events…and not at some weird space baby convention Joaquin snuck off to). For the uninitiated, AintItCoolNews is a movie/TV site we’ve been following since 1997 or so. The site itself has existed for much longer than that, and like us, its creator just sort of stumbled into it one day. Knowles’ passion is movies, and he has a very interesting backstory, having grown up in a household full of old movie collectors, traveling the country selling posters and rare prints, decades before VHS tapes brought old movies home to everyone.
AintItCool is unapologetically liberal and, in our opinion, sexist and misogynist most of the time. They hate Hillary Clinton. They hate Sarah Palin. Endlessly, the young men who post in comments over there prove their heterosexuality and masculinity by taking nasty swipes at one another, making jokes about rape on a regular basis, and generally throwing their own feces at the walls of their mothers’ basements (and then making her clean it up, after she’s made them some Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese and served it with those little plastic sporks so they don’t hurt themselves).
We follow Hollywood because, unlike Republicans, we realize how much movies, television, and entertainment coverage shape public opinion in the political world. There is no ignoring Hollywood. It must be monitored constantly, even if you don’t like a single thing it puts out. Just because you refuse to see certain movies doesn’t mean millions of others won’t, and be influenced by them.
If you want to have any sort of grasp on what the public is thinking and doing, you need to understand what films are in the pipeline — because the massive budgets of those pictures mean the studios have spent fortunes investing in the market research and consumer analysis to scry into the future and know, to some degree of accuracy, what people will be in the mood to see in the next year or so.
From that, we try to extrapolate what mood people will be in when it comes time to vote. It’s not an exact correlation, but it’s helpful enough that we keep reading movie sites. And, of course, there are many more shots of shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal being awesome over at Knowles’ lair than we can ever find at RealClearPolitics, for whatever reason (RAAACISM!).
Today, AintItCool proved useful for another reason, as an article Knowles posted made us think about trolls on other sites, outside the political realm.
In short, Knowles has hateful, crazed, hobgoblins of his own to contend with, just as we have critters from Daily Kos and DemocraticUnderground who send us endless hate mail and various feces-coated nastygrams. Because he’s not gay, Knowles doesn’t get the charming “die from AIDS, faggots!” broken record we do, just because we don’t agree with the Left, but he’s a large red-headed main with a crazy goatee, so he receives unimaginably cruel remarks about his weight, his marital performance, his looks, you name it.
It’s brutal, and Knowles doesn’t wade into anything 1/10th as controversial as an average day around here — exempt whenever he’s talking about Star Wars or Star Trek, in which case passions ignite and the feces fly. The trolls over there become as riled up about SciFi movies and their merits as Leftists do whenever anyone fails to pay proper homage to their Lightbringer.
It’s actually quite legendary in Internet circles just how deranged “talkbackers”, as Knowles calls them, are over at AintItCool. So much so that the New York Times apparently wants to study them to determine why, exactly, these people are so mad — and why they vent that anger in such malicious, childish, and vengeful ways.
It’s surprising the Times shows any interest whatsoever in determined what makes “talkbackers” so unhinged. Clearly, the reporter is not making the connection that the “talkbackers” on AintItCool are Leftists, but Leftists who just don’t spend their time talking about politics. They talk about movies instead, mainly, but if politics does come up, they are 95% Kool-Aid drinking, hopium smoking, card-carrying Obots over there.
The same behavior they evidence on a movie site is the very same behavior they show over at Daily Kos.
Somewhere, in fact, we wonder if there’s a country garden site with a troll or two, wishing AIDS or other calamities on the editors and writers there, because they think azaleas are not getting the homage they deserve, because of RAAACISM! no doubt.
The Times won’t write the story that really needs to be written — namely, what’s wrong with an entire generation of young men that they are so chock full of hate, and vent that fire and brimstone so casually in “talkbacks”?
What drives these guys (and yes, it’s mainly guys who engage in the worst of this garbage, both at AintItCool and here)?
Do they have any idea how they come across?
Will a sizable percentage of them die from strokes and heart attacks, after living their first 18-23 years so consumed with all of that bile?
The New York Times is trying to interview Knowles’ trolls to figure out what makes them tick, but only in reference to a movie site.
The Times won’t connect that bad behavior back to the Left itself, and what its young, male adherents do every day all across the Internets in service to their Lightbringer.
Most bizarre of all, if you go over to AintItCool and read the comments on that thread, you’ll see many of the trolls HATE the New York Times, despite the fact both the Times and the trolls are clearly tools of the Left.
It’s interesting they aren’t buddy-buddy, since both bow before Dr. Utopia and his Golden Age of Hope and Change.
Perhaps those Leftists just hate everything and only want to watch the world burn.
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