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I have been around since the early days. Like back in late 2008 (I think) is when I first read Videogum. I never really part-take in the comments section though, I’m just not much of a commenter, if you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of me. Though I love reading the top comments at the end of the week, or if there’s a particularly interesting debate going on…
So, I used to read Videogum because I loved reading Gabe’s commentary. I thought you might as well call this site VideoGABE. And then Kelly came aboard and I was a bit hesitant but she can really hold her own, for sure. I love Kelly now. But I still miss Gabe. I understand why Gabe stopped doing True Blood recaps, but I don’t understand why he stopped the hunt for the worst movie, or why his posts are getting less frequent and more political/ideological.
Videogum to me has always been a place where we come together to make fun of our own culture. The mainstream, pop culture specifically. I like these political posts, I agree with you completely most of the time, but they’re kind of obvious and easy things to blog about. There will always be people in politics, and pop culture alike, saying and doing ridiculous, insane, bigoted things and there are millions of people with opinions on things like Akin, Chick-A-Fil-A, all over the internet.
What was always more interesting to me is when Gabe really digs into a popular TV show, movie or pop culture figure or celebrity drama and exposes just how bad, ridiculous, absurd they are and what that means about our own culture. I get the feeling that Gabe has moved away from things like True Blood recaps and The Hunt because he thinks they’re trivial and he should spend more time on meaningful political issues. I would argue that the pop culture stuff is just as, or more important, than the political stuff, in the context of what I, personally, think this website is good for.
For instance, I was a lot younger and dumber four years ago. I loved True Blood, and almost fell into the trap of The Walking Dead, like a lot of my friends did, like most people did and still do love that show, at least when it comes to Walking Dead. Critics give both those shoes decent reviews. But Gabe really opened my eyes to how truly awful they were and how I just had bad taste in film and television, frankly. That may sound trivial, but it’s kind of important to me because it’s really changed the way I watch TV and movies and read books. I’m much more discerning now.
But he always went deeper, like, not only is this show bad, but the fact that this show is popular is indicative of what’s wrong with our culture. Videogum has always been a place where I could come together with other people to synchronize in our loathing of popular culture; down to specific instances and why. I’m making it sound less sophisticated than it is but that’s what we do here, I think it’s what this site should do and I think it’s healthy. I think a place like Videogum should exist in a diverse, internet eco-system. Videogum is an oasis of self-awareness in the barren, desolate desert of modern culture.
I want the site to grow, I want it to evolve. But I want it to take back it’s identity, maybe, or at least come up with a coherent mission statement at least. Because I don’t think what this site does is trivial, or just dumb humor. At the same time, I don’t know if it’s the best place for debating ideology. You know? You’re preaching to the choir most of the time. I want Videogum to stop taking itself so seriously (not that it does, really) but start taking the critique of popular culture seriously again; movies, TV, books, music, etc. If that makes sense. Maybe I’m just being sentimental and I miss the old days.
Either way, I will always love and support this site. Gabe and Kelly know what they’re doing, I trust them. I wish Videogum the best, It’s been great thus far and I promise to come along for the rest of the ride!
The eagle is cool but I can’t think of anything more evil than not allowing people to turn the volume down during commercials, if anyone else noticed.
As much as I respect your opinion, Gabe, and I agree Improv Everywhere is garbage Ashton Kutcher and most other “pranksters” are just lame, some pranks transcend silliness and achieve the status of real art. Okay, maybe not art but it makes me laugh enough so that what you see as the inherent lameness of pranks becomes worth it in the end. Case and point, Trigger Happy TV. It holds a special place in my heart. Sorry, but I will now go trick my friends into thinking I’ve cut myself badly using ketchup packets.
I live in the midwest and target shooting is a past-time out here so I do part-take but it’s one of those hobbies that has me rubbing elbows with some …undesirables. Guns are like drugs in the sense that it’s fun to use them, but I don’t really want to hang out with drug dealers and people who do drugs all the time, does that make sense?
Camera + Youtube + slapping around some random ladies tits at a public event = FAME
The equation has finally been solved.
“Spill the hooker, take that cocaine.”
Topher Grace IS the Predator, it’s the reveal at the end. John Mayer has a cameo as another predator, and the credits role to John Mayer and Topher Grace having an orgy with aliens.
Or so I hear.
The wii bowling match was a light-hearted affair until someone put Call of Duty 2, a WW2 game, in the console which induced a state of confused panic in the several WW2 vets and holocaust survivors present. The police were called when the docile crowd of senior citizens turned violent as they were about to be loaded on the bus back to the retirement home.
Who names their kid Shanalin, is this secretly a Palin themed movie?
I was really hoping his mom was going to walk in.
In this game, you can’t win, why? Because if you were dumb enough to devote time and money to this game you will always be a loser, forever.
Two words for this weiner: trigger discipline.
lol, totally Gabe, I mean this looks-EMILY BLUNT, MUST SEE.
Prospective Bieber titles:
To Kill A Mockingbieber
All Quiet On The Bieber Front
Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northbieber
Is it wrong to ask your wife to have a threesome if the third person is a wax statue of your wife?
You guys haven’t heard Andrew Lee??? Wow, talk about out of the loop. He’s all I have on ipod and all I’ll ever need.
God, his trademark jarring, pre-pubescent whine just gets me every time.
His character in Moon moonwalked AND he was almost going to do it forever.
I’m sure Gabe has hit the nail on the head with this breakdown but Robert Downey Jr. is in a special class of actors, I’ll watch Robert Downey jr. in anything. They could make a movie just showing Robert Downey jr. doing his laundry for two hours and somehow it would be entertaining.
Just got off the phone with the cops, she appears to be okay, no ambulance necessary, cops are evaluating the situation.
Officer just arrived on scene, they’ll call me back soon…