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Guys, the crazy warm weather that we have been experiencing as if something terrible has happened in the wizarding world that we can’t even see seems to have finally passed and it is just straight up winter now. The rush of the holidays is finally dissipated (although I still have half a carton of egg nog in my fridge because I THINK AHEAD) and the days are still short and we’ve already abandoned all of our resolutions (guess we will have to wait until 2013 to finally take up smoking for real this time just kidding there is no such thing as 2013). The point is: this is the time of year when we all need to put on our brave faces and buckle down and keep our chins up but our heads down and STAY TOGETHER. It’s called the Buddy System for a reason: because we’re all buddies, and something something winter sucks, am I right? Good luck to all of us during this difficult time. Let’s burn these comments to stay warm!

After the jump, the five Highest Rated comments, as voted on by you, the Lowest Rated comment, the winner of the Andy Serkis “Acting” Contest, and the Editor’s and Associate Editor’s Choice.

This Week’s Highest Rated Comments

#5 djfreshie | Jan 10th Score:50

Cool Emma, now do this one

Posted in: Emma Stone Does A Ryan Gosling Impersonation
#4 That One | Jan 10th Score:50

“Will you marry me, bitch?”

Posted in: Aaron Paul Got Engaged: A Goodbye
#3 marvelous rug | Jan 10th Score:52

Little do you realize, Andy Serkis is playing all three people in this picture.

Posted in: The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Andy Serkis “Acting”
#2 huckabeast | Jan 11th Score:60

Ricky Gervais is like the Kirk Cameron of Christopher Hitchenses.

Posted in: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Ricky Gervais Is An Asshole
#1 rejectedjeffdunhampuppet | Jan 11th Score:67

You forgot to call him a mong.

Posted in: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Ricky Gervais Is An Asshole

[Assoc. Ed. Note: Wonderful show, everyone. Marvelous rug, you've won both #3 comment and the caption contest this week. Well done. Great comment. That One, although our hearts are aching, it does feel good to laugh. Thank you for that. The rest of you: Ricky Gervais is the worst, and I hope Emma Stone does actually do that next. I love you! Goodnight!]

This Week’s Lowest Rated Comment

#1 vroqqer | Jan 11th Score:-51
Yuck Yuck Yuck Mega Gross!

Was this article written by an 8 year old girl?

Oh no, it was written by a bitter unfunny blogger that hates actual creative people with talent.

Posted in: Duh Aficionado Magazine: Ricky Gervais Is An Asshole

[Ed. Note: Oh good grief. Trotting out the old "this is just a bitter, talentless idiot" counter-argument when someone raises a criticism that you don't like against someone that you do like is just so HACK. (To put it into context, it is more hack than Gervais's Golden Globes jokes. So, VERY hack.) I'm not saying that I'm not bitter. I am. And I'm not saying that I'm not talentless or an idiot. I think very reasonable arguments could be made in favor of both of those positions. But this dumb dumb didn't even try. It's just such a boring position to take. Although in his/her defense, I am an 8-year-old girl, so he/she did get one detail correct.]

This Week’s Caption Contest Winner

#3 marvelous rug | Jan 10th Score:52

Little do you realize, Andy Serkis is playing all three people in this picture.

Posted in: The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Andy Serkis “Acting”

[Ed. Note: Congratulations, marvelous rug! You earned it.]

This Week’s Associate Editor’s Choice

  Van Oben | Jan 12th Score:7

When are we going to find out if Chelsea is there?

Posted in: You Aren’t Going To Find Out How’d He Met The Mother For A While

[Assoc. Ed. Note: LOOOOOL. I have a good friend who is claiming that it was his tweet that I referred to in the post that this comment is from, and now that I think of it -- OOPS! Hahah. It definitely might have been an actual friend of mine. But I still 50% hold onto the belief that it was a stranger who I can kind of hate without guilt. Oh well. C'est la vie. Great job, Van Oben. Very funny joke.]

This Week’s Editor’s Choice

badideajeans | Jan 12th Score:5

Until the means to measure ratings is altered to reflect emerging technology, Gabe is right. As it stands there is no real incentive to create amazing content for the Internet using traditional means unless it is to get established and/or to get your foot in the door for more traditional mediums like film and television. (Or to build up heat with a Funny or Die-type video if you’re already established.)

And as much as we would like to pretend it’s an art form created to entertain us, all of this film and TV is really there to sell products. And the money just isn’t in the web like it is in American Idol or whatever crap is still getting high Neilsen ratings (as shows that appeal to audiences with DVRs and streaming technology aren’t properly reflected).

The reigning unions (WGA/PGA/DGA/SAG) are just now beginning to give points for creative works that exist solely on the Internet, and even then it’s not even close to the same work done that is aired on TV or in a theater.

For example, Gabe and Kelly create a remarkable amount of original or semi-original content on a daily or hourly basis. But, because this is considered a blog, they would not be allowed into the WGA. If Videogum was bought out by Disney or Warner Brothers and run as a stand-alone site (I forget how this is legally defined), they *may* be allowed to join the PGA… but on a trial basis and only with certain kinds of sponsorship and their work would be reviewed many times. However, if they used their writing here to get a job writing news for certain network stations, they could join the WGA even if their job is basically rewriting AP wire copy. One of the main reasons for this (or my understanding of it when I was working on entertainment and news sites and had the option to join unions) is to keep vanity bloggers and Perez Hilton-types out of the mix. However, as more sites of quality show up, the definitions will become more flexible. So… EVENTUALLY… Gabe will be wrong. (But this is only once the powers that be draw a line that absolutely defines what is produced entertainment deserving of merit and what is a home movie uploaded to YouTube among all other issues.)

Right now there is one Emmy for all web projects across the board — whether it’s a show or a site. And even then, the ones getting nominated are all sponsored by studios.

So, basically, when all this stuff finally catches up and the ultimate value of doing a big project goes up and revenue goes up, the number of projects will go up. There are some great streaming shows (look for H+), but they’re usually born out of projects that people did for little to no credit because they were bored or got sponsored.

Sorry TL; DR. But my point is… eventually Gabe will be wrong, but right now he is not.

Eventually it will happen… but not for a long, LONG time

Posted in: Eww, Is The Internet The Future Of Television?

[Ed. Note: First of all, let me just say that I don't think reactionary pop culture blogs are the future of entertainment and I was in no way suggesting that Videogum is some kind of factory for original content because it isn't. We just write about other people's stuff, which is our job, and there isn't anything broken about a system that doesn't want to turn our jokes about George Clooney's Prank Wars into a feature film. But I did want to highlight that post and discussion thread because I thought it was worth talking about but people didn't seem into it but too bad for them because it's worth thinking about. In particular, right after I wrote that post I found this full-length documentary that you can watch on Vimeo that talks about technology's role in art and the future of art in the face of technology and it's really beautifully shot and worth taking a look at. I'm not done, but so far I particularly like the discussion of the democratization of creativity (and/or the lack thereof) that starts around minute 20. Enjoy!]

Comments (34)
  1. FIRST BOMB!!!!!!!

  2. It’s Friday, let’s get drunk

  3. Hey guys, it’s Friday. Let’s chat: http://www.tinychat.com/videogum

    Also. Let’s day chat sometime, too.

  4. Monsters, mark your calendars. As some of you may know, we used to have some epic chats every Friday night, but we haven’t done them in awhile. We have decided that on January 27, we will have a reunion chat. All Monsters all welcome to participate. You can find more details here:

    http://www.mobfd.biz/2012/01/13/reunion-chat/

    Oh, and it is BYOB. A-duh!


  5. put on your red shoes and dance the blues

  6. man could i use a good dosing of Forget Me Not to say goodbye to this week.

  7. Thread of the week award, right here.

    Sure you may think its unfair the winner is a thread in which I participated, but go fuck yourself. It started with “Oh for fuck’s sake” and ended with “Not as hard as a spider boner” so in other words: It started and ended perfectly.

  8. I made Gabe’s choice? HOLY SHIT I AM ONE AWAY FROM MY EGOT!!! Thanks Gabe! Thanks Kelly! Thanks everyone! Thanks Gwyneth (who by mocking I got into my first Ball)!

    Also, I wasn’t necessarily saying Videogum is the future (though judging from what made the 2012 mid-season lineup I really wish it were), I was just pointing out that as more quality work (and a lot of the writing here is very high-quality) is created, the web will become a more powerful entity in entertainment and may eventually take over (provided a new medium doesn’t show up, 2012, etc.). Funny or Die is a better example, but its model only works because it is owned by celebrities, run by comedians/UCB types and uses excellent talent that is down with making 3 to 5-minute shorts. (And I don’t think it qualifies for accolades yet.) But there is also so much push back from the TV and Film industry to keep quality Internet productions from taking over that a significant amount of negotiation needs to take place before Gabe is wrong.

    I was deep in the trenches of this push and pull for most of my adult life so I am kind of excited that my weird little rant didn’t go unnoticed. Thanks!!!

  9. If you think that the major studios don’t want to turn your jokes about George Clooney’s Prank Wars into a feature film, you haven’t been paying attention to your own blog. They are making a movie about fucking Candyland. Send them a treatment.

  10. Plural of medium is media.

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