Not sure who actually invented the internet, but I’m pretty sure whoever did (and I’m talking to you, Al Gore) also invented the game of “Telephone”. For those raised in a generation of video games and other things that my much less cool, but more inventive (by necessity) generation did not have, let me explain. Telephone was a game where you took a piece of information, whisper it to a friend who whispers it to a friend who whispers it to a friend, etc. until you announce the final version that the last person receives. Not the most exciting of games, but we didn’t even have Pong back then, so we did what we could.
Let me give you an example, and perhaps you’ll see how it’s valid. One really nice blogger finds a screening of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night online, drives many, many miles to see it, and then blogs her review of it online. Put this information in the hyper-speed game of Telephone that is the internet for 9 months or so and it becomes “Platinum and Moviemax are doing special screenings for bloggers to make their movie look better.”
Really, we’re not. It’s not a bad idea. Maybe sometime in the future we may try that out on another movie, but we’re not doing that here. Let me say it as clearly as possible: we have not invited a single blogger to a screening of this film. Nor has Moviemax (they have not even been given the film yet).
And to Vanna, I really hope that your fantastic piece that you worked very hard to get out there has not somehow been diminished by it being morphed into some conspiracy. You were being a good reporter and got in where you weren’t supposed to (you sneaky bugger, you) and wrote a great article because of it that I hope a lot of people enjoy.