Welcome to the tomorrow of media and entertainment: streaming. It’s been beneficial to our society but at what cost? I believe there’s a dark truth about streaming.
We’ve entered an era that exposes us to our favorite artist’s works moments after they release it. Music, films, television, and other forms of media are at our fingertips. We’re now able to allow our curiosity guide us to new entertainment mediums and not spend a dime doing so.
Of course, wasted time is an issue as well but I’ll leave that alone.
With curiosity at the wheel, we’ve given attention to so many pieces that didn’t deserve it. The latest to garner that attention is the horrendous Tyler Perry Netflix special, A Fall From Grace.
The film was seen by 26 million Netflix users in its first week on the platform. In this age of streams, those views serve as some sort of Merritt almost negating the need to still offer a quality film. Tyler Perry celebrated the film’s “good news” on Twitter.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 3, 2020
Now in the older (and pure) days of entertainment, the poor reviews would influence low viewership at the box office. We would trust movie reviewers and friends who went out to see the film. They would tell us that it wasn’t good and most of the time, we wouldn’t elect to spend $12 to see for ourselves.
12 bucks? Nope. I’ll take your word for it, instead.
In those same days Tyler wouldn’t be celebrated this big moment because it wouldn’t have happened. Instead, he would take the negative reviews and use them to help build his next project. He wouldn’t be fluffed up by 26 million views but rather he’d be focused on actually crafting a praise-worthy piece. To be honest, much of those 26 million views were simply curiosity views.
I was one of those people who were in complete disbelief of what I was seeing on social media about the film. I literally couldn’t believe that Tyler Perry would make such elementary mistakes in film making.
The issue becomes when the “well, 26 million people watched it” conversation starts. Music, film, television, and news media suffers at the hands of that conversation. I decided to talk about it a little more on my podcast.