I’m going to give you a quick peak behind the curtain at how the sausage is blogged, and then at the end, let’s just agree to tear the curtain down and set it on fire and stop eating sausages and dump all the blogs in Whoops Ocean. So, and not that any of this will be new to you, because you are very smart and you pay attention and you connect the dots like some kind of Jason Bourne but with less punching people in the throat with books, but with any full-time “professional” pop culture or entertainment blogs, the writers and editors spend most of their day reading other people’s pop culture and entertainment blogs. That’s how they know what is going on, and that’s where 80% of their posts come from. (While we are certainly critical and skeptical of this model, Videogum follows this model to a T, and actually 80% seems low from a Videogum standpoint, so we are just pointing out right off the top that we are not excluding ourselves from this unfortunate NIGHTMARE.) This creates what is called an echo chamber in which small pieces of borderline meaningless information, or even worse DISinformation, are quickly circulated and amplified and turned into a “thing.” This is, of course, how viral videos are created. It is also why your 10 favorite websites probably write about the same 10 things (again, Videogum included, Videogum is part of the problem, not the solution). There is no better place to see this in all of its sad and boring action than in the more niche markets, like, “film blogs” or “celebrity paparazzi blogs” because their publishing mandate requires them to stay on top of all the “news” in their designated category but there’s only so much “news” on any given day, and so anything that’s even remotely novel or that seems potentially interesting becomes a bigger thing very quickly. The whole system is completely broken. There don’t need to be 10 websites churning out the same 10 rehashes of a thing that may or may not even be true. It’s dull! And if nothing else it creates eyestrain. Anyway, today we have another great example of this in the Story of the Harrison Ford Casting in the Blade Runner Sequel. Which is not actually happening. And so, just as quickly as a thing that you didn’t know was happening was announced, it was discredited, and this discrediting was announced, and so now where are we? Here is the full story, from /Film:

Over the weekend, news broke that star Harrison Ford had entered early talks to appear in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming Blade Runner sequel, sparking widespread excitement even among fans who’d previously been wary of revisiting the sci-fi classic. However, Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove is now “adamantly denying” the story, saying that they haven’t even begun to think about casting yet. More after the jump.

Kosove spoke with Deadline to quell the rumors. “It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” he said. “To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”

Though the odds of Ford coming back sound very slim, Kosove admitted that it couldn’t be ruled out entirely. “In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely,” Kosove said.

Haha. OK, so just to clarify: someone over the weekend wrote that Harrison Ford was going to be cast in a Blade Runner sequel, at which point it was reprinted across the Internet, but now someone who is actually working on the film says that it’s not true, and THAT is getting reprinted across the Internet, but on top of that the person who says that it’s not true simply says that it’s not true right now but that it might be true in the future. OH GOOD GRIEF. I’m so tired! It’s only Tuesday, blogs, we’ve got a whole week to get through! (None of this even takes into account how much of a NOT BIG DEAL it is whether Harrison Ford stars in a Blade Runner sequel or not. Like, Harrison Ford is as old as Betty White, and a Blade Runner sequel may or may not even be a good idea, but also there isn’t a script yet. They aren’t shooting for a long time. Which means the movie won’t be out for years. WHAT ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT HERE?)

Imagine if you will for a moment that everyone who wrote a blog post about the Harrison Ford casting news, and everyone who wrote a blog post about how the Harrison Ford casting news wasn’t true, and everyone who read those posts and everyone who commented on those posts and the production executives who had to spend the weekend on the phone calling Nikki Finke and debunking these rumors spent all of that time READING A BOOK or WORKING ON THEIR GARDEN or DOING ANYTHING THAN WHAT THEY WERE DOING? I know that it’s always a specious argument to claim some kind of non-existent, romantic ideal of the “good” that would come from people doing something other than what they were actually doing, because that’s never actually an option, and one can also just do good for the sake of doing good and not for the sake of reading/writing Harrison Ford casting news blog posts, but that is why I said IMAGINE. Because in your imagination ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. OK, are you picturing it? It is better though, right? The world is a little better.

As they say, I want to go to there.

Comments (54)
  1. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.

  2. They should make a test to determine the validity of internet rumors. This test (I’m gonna call it the “Voight-Kampff” )would test the internet news with a series of questions to determine if it is real or fake (let’s call fake news “replicants.”) We could then hire people (maybe “Blade Runners?”) to hunt down and eliminate these replicants before they start wreaking havoc.

    Done and done. Off to dream of electric sheep.

  3. Imagine if they all had read this book:

  4. It is times like this where I almost wish that nerds would just stop caring. I mean caring about things you like is great. It’s an important part of making life worth living. But caring to the point where every tiny piece of information about a project that may or may not be happening has to be discussed and passed around and considered and reconsidered. And everybody has to have their opinion on this new non-development.

    But it’s the Internet’s constant clamour for more information, like the guy from Monty Python, we know that one more wafer-thin piece of meaningless information will kill us but we can’t help ourselves. Who’s working on what project? We demand to know that. The cast of a movie with no script that won’t come out for 3 years even if it isn’t abandoned? We demand to know that. Can we not just stop caring? Can’t we enjoy Blade Runner as it is without sequels or prequels or spin-offs or remakes? Isn’t that enough?

  5. I’m offended.

  6. This reads a lot like a letter of resignation, Gabe. You could have at least fired Kelly at the end.

  7. Gabe needs a vacation.

  8. But what else am I supposed to do at work, besides speculate about a movie I just saw this past year?

  9. Even though I feel like a lot of people came here because they saw a WMOAT posted on a Xanga, I started reading Videogum because of the balance the site strikes with regards to original content v. news v. viral vidz.. After that I discovered all the good writing and community and whatnot. So keep up the good work and don’t feel like you’re reblogging too much sausage because I feel like I can get a whole internet experience here*.

    *I know you needed that validation and especially from an anonymous bleep bloop internet commentator with an avatar from the 2008 Land of the Lost Reboot

  10. How am I not myself?

  11. a blogger was at the pier of a small internet community when a small blog with just one commenter docked.

    Inside the blog were several cut and pasted stories about the new Blade Runner movie but some original material. The blogger complimented the small blogger on the quality of his original stories and asked how long it took to write them.

    the small blogger replied, “Only a little while.”

    The big blogger then asked, “Why didn’t you stay up longer and write more original news stories instead of just cutting and pasting stories about the new Blade Runner movie?”

    The small blogger said, “With this I have more than enough to support my commenters’ needs.”

    The big blogger then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    The small blogger said, “I sleep late, write a little, take nap with my dog, birdie, stroll into the village each evening where I get drunk and do comedy with my pals. I have a full and busy life.”

    The big blogger scoffed, ” I can help you. You should spend more time writing new content of your own and with the attention, attract more comments: With the proceeds from those you could write a bunch of original content, and not about the new Blade Runner project like everyone else and get more comments. Eventually you would have a bunch of commenters all talking about new and original things, instead of those boring old cut-and-pasted old stories. You could write new stories that haven’t been covered a million times! Eventually making other blogs comment on your original content that no one else wrote about, but now everyone loves. because it’s new! and original! You would control the product, information and distribution through all of the internet! You could leave the small desk and server room to a medium-size office with your own data storage, then a bigger one and eventually run all of the entertainment news sites where you could rule over your ever-expanding enterprise.”

    The small blogger asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

    The big blogger replied, “15 to 20 years.”

    “But what then?” asked the small blogger.

    The big blogger laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your website to the rest of the internet sites and become very rich. You would make millions.”

    “Millions?…Then what?”

    The big blogger said, “Then you would retire. create a small internet blog where you would sleep late, write a little, cut and paste old stories about the new Blade Runner movie, take naps with your dog, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could get drunk and do comedy with your pals.”

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  13. Gabe this is the circle of life, blog style.

  14. I don’t know what you’re all so upset about. If there’s any sausage on the internet that I enjoy, it’s Gabe’s sausage by a long shot.

    Wait…

  15. The internet has sausage?

  16. When Gabe goes all ranty/utopian it is:
    * sad
    * irritating
    * kind of adorable

    We get how the internet works. It’s not broken. Oh just do another merry little dance internet monkey! Here, have a lollipop. And keep an eye on your page views.

    So adorable!

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