Good news! I finally figured out how to load videos after the WordPress update! Also, Ticket posted an interesting link related to critics and celebrities, so I’m putting that up. And I have a fun silly poll for us too!
Western film criticism went from superficial summaries in the 20s and 30s to serious in depth writing in the 40s-50s-60s to the growth of different fields of analysis and whole schools formed to teach people how to watch movies and other popular culture in the 70s and 80s and 90s. And only then did movie reviews move online, a small step to the side from where they already existed in newspapers. They became more casual as people and communities grew up around loving various genres and industries. And then, after all of this, twitter arrived, and youtube, and instagram, and podcasts, which allowed criticism to break free of long form writing where it had lived for close to 100 years.
In India, all of this happened simultaneously. Film criticism appeared at the same time as social media and without the slow growth of a background of critical technique and understanding both within the audience and within the critics themselves. And on top of that (and if I had read “The Argumentative Indian” I could speak about this in greater depth), the Indian style of presenting an argument is more aggressive and filled with absolutes than in some other cultures, which makes it harder to deal with art which requires an acknowledgement of varying tastes and interpretations. And there is the complication that pop culture has a clear class relationship and the critical class is not general the same as the class that watches movies. Which hasn’t been true in America since the 1920s.
I don’t really know what to do with all of this, besides pointing out that the same reality of the internet allowing commenters, twitterati, celebrities, and professional writers to have the same voice is true in India and America and has lead to this tipping point of criticism losing it’s meaning, but EVERYTHING ELSE about the two situations is different. It’s interesting to think about, isn’t it?
Now, much more fun to talk about, at least for me, Albie Dog!!!! In video form! Here he is playing with his new toy and then sneezing.
Here he is getting the zoomies and running across the room.
And finally, a poll! I still don’t like “Talia” as the portmanteau for “Tiger Shroff-Alia Bhatt”. Here are some alternatives:
Which do you like best?