shocking!!! jk this is clickbait

Hey Kids. I wasn't really gonna say anything. But then again this is my blog and I just got the annual invoice for my domain, so I might as well post as much stuff as I want. This isn't really a typical post, it's more of a reaction to my previous post, that X-Men Apocalypse movie review. Or should I say, movie "review". Or more specifically, this is about the comments I received. This is a reaction to the reactions. Reaction-ception.

Let me focus on the negative ones.

Just to put everything in perspective before I continue this rant, let me say this about myself: I have been a blogger since 2007, have been writing earlier than that, and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. As much as I hate the word "netizen" I am one. I read, comment, react to articles online. I express my opinions on other people's blogs, Facebook pages, other platforms. I pass judgement on movies, music, TV, etc. Sometimes I express pleasure, sometimes distate. In short, I do what everybody else with Internet access and an opinion does.

Have I bashed anyone? Have I humiliated anyone? Have I put anyone down for what they had to say?
Have I criticized a fellow blogger's work? Have I been disgusted at some article, and did I ever take the time to make sure the author knew how disgusted I was?

Being a believer in karma, these are the questions that ran through my head when I received these comments on my post:



Bryan Ericson Arias said...
Binuod mo lang yung movie sa paraang akala mo e nakakatawa. Yan na yung "review"?
MJ Palang said...
This review is so shallow, absolutely no insight at all. The whole reason Apocalypse looked that way throughout the movie was because he needed a new shell, which he had been trying to achieve from the beginning up to his demise. If you want people to take you seriously as a movie critic, go beyond the superficial. Establish your critque on the character build, the plot, the conflict, the twist, the denouement. This whole movie review had the ambience of a weekly tete-a-tete with a housewife with her manicurista. Baduy.
Anon said...
The sucess of this review only proves how people nowadays enjoy mindless entertainment.

The blogger here is smart to realize that thus he (or she) fed the ignorance and the shallowness of the audience.

No offense but i didnt find anything here funny.

Everyone who enjoyed this article: *looks on fiercely*
Blogger: *looks on fiercely*
Me: *meh, don't give a sh...*
When I first read comment #1, the first thing that popped into my head was, Seriously?

Call me naive, inexperienced, living in a bubble, but I'm not used to getting comments like these, and that's probably my fault. If you can dish it, you should learn how to take it right? I mean, there I was, writing about a movie, not exactly praising it, but when my writing incurred non-praises, I reacted. I was probably being too sensitive.

Nevertheless, that didn't keep me from responding to them. Go check the comments section if you want :)

The next two comments were surprising, but a trend was starting to reveal itself, something I never thought of before. I have been writing these "review-reviewhan" articles for so long that I never really bothered to stop and think, Review ba talaga ito? Kasi akala nitong mga tao review talaga ito! Kasalanan ko ito!

In my defense, I am in no way a legit critic (HELLO?) and have no desires of being one, so why would I post "reviews"? Well, in keeping with the dignities of this blog, it's to poke fun. And have fun.

That's what is not clear to these commenters and somehow I cannot blame them. They clicked on some link on Facebook or Twitter, seeing the "movie review" on the title and expecting such. But that idea should have been dashed by the time you got to the third paragraph right? Still, can't blame them for being misled.

The thing is, they were misled and they still had no idea. Down to the last minute, they really thought they were reading something serious, or something begging to be taken seriously. It's evident in their comments.

What I wrote, in fact, was my experience of the movie. Which may or may not be the same as others'. My observations of the characters' looks, actions, their scenes may have been others' observations too. I was not about to explain to everyone why the movie sucked and why everyone shouldn't enjoy it, or, explain why the movie was great and require everyone to agree that it was great.

Why did I call it a review, like I did with all the "movie reviews" I ever posted? Because in the loosest sense of the word, "review" means "view or inspect visually for a second time or again". And that was what I was doing for the most part. Put simply, I was looking at the movie again. I had no intentions of dissecting it and looking for continuity errors and gaping plotholes and bad lighting and poor cinematography. I had no intentions of, to use one commenter's words, going beyond the superficial, establishing my critique on the build, the plot, the blah blah and the blah blah. All I care about is bad acting and corny lines.

Not only did they insult me, they insulted the intelligence of the readers who simply enjoyed the post. Truly, it's becoming a trend: people nowadays are in search of the next thing to offend them. And everything they did not agree with is offensive. And everyone who had the gall to have a different opinion is automatically stupid, "ignorant" and "shallow".

Ang talino nyo na po yata masyado. There, I'm not just shaming you, I'm smart-shaming you. Be flattered.

I was not feeding the "ignorance and shallowness" of the readers. Point in fact, the people who said they liked the "review" are the ones who are clever enough to get what it is; some dumb article to pass the time. And you don't need to be too clever to see that. Sadly, some readers are too clever for their own good, transcending ignorance and shallowness. Congratulations!

Context is key. Had these commenters known that they're in some personal blog and not an official review site, their rage might have been abated. Or maybe not. Maybe it's their hobby, telling people their work sucks.

Still, here's what my stats looked like that week:




And I thought personal blogging is dead. Thanks to the people who shared the link on Facebook, Twitter, etc. My ads loved it.

I was tempted to go ad hominem against these commenters, after all, the people who have LOTS of stuff to say usually turn out to have no actual work of their own to show the world. I mean sure, you know how to point out that I should have written this and should have written that, but why don't we look at YOUR movie reviews so we can see your expert views on character development and your insights on the plot and your complaints about the cinematography, which were probably what you were focusing on while watching? Let's hear your excellent take on what would have made the movie a better one (at least, in your head).

Let me end this useless post with something positive: the people who get it. I can see them in the comments section, expressing their thoughts, correcting those who think I'm being serious, disagreeing with me but doing it with class. You're whom I write for. I don't write for snobs, the high and mighty, the ones who walk in on us having fun and scolding us for it, and I don't sit all day waiting for their comments.

Dahil ako ang mali, ako ang mag-aadjust. I'll avoid the word review from now on, so as not to offend those expecting a legit review. I will never use that in the title. Maybe something that looks like "X-MEN APOCALYPSE : THIS POST WILL SHOCK YOU" or "YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS BLOGGER HAD TO SAY AFTER WATCHING X-MEN APOCALYPSE!" Clickbait na clickbait.

To the people who found that "review" funny, thank you, you get it, glad I made you laugh.

To the people who didn't find it funny because it was really not funny, thank you still, we have different views on humor, I get that. I can probably improve my craft by noting your criticisms.

But to the people who complained because it lacked what makes a typical movie review, that's your problem.

Careful, serious readers who look down on my writing for being shallow, you might drown in your own depths. I was gonna give some advice to you like Why don't you get that stick out your ass and relax, but that's just rude, so no.

16 comments. Post your comment here.:

reagan decena said...

Ayan ang mga tipo ng mga netizen na tipong sila siguro ang life of the party. At the same time, di na rin ako nagtataka kung bakit naglilipana ang mga satirical sites at mga hoax articles online (like as in forever narerecycle into memes pa). I-feed ang mga serious intellectual millenials! I-feed ang mga mangmang! #Clickbait4Life ata gusto nila. hehe

Odee said...

First time ko yata magko-comment dito kahit ang tagal ko na nagbabasa ng blog mo. OMG these people! Sineryoso talaga nila yung review??? Watdahek!!
Anyway. Big fan ako ng mga reviews mo. Sana gawa ka ulit ng Pinoy film review! Oh, hindi na nga pala "review" ahaha. I don't care! Keep writing! :D

mem'ries said...

Tuloy lang po sa pagsulat idol :D

ace.ricafort said...

Ang daming pa-profound na comments sa isang blog na hindi naman nag-aim na maging profound. Deadmahin mo na lang sila. Sumisikat lang sila for being negative.

P.S. Binabasa ko lahat ng reviews mo pero kapag negative ang dating, or naramdaman ko na hindi mo masyado nagustuhan yung movie, affected ako. Ayaw ko na rin tuloy panuorin.

Stephanie Degamo said...

They just didn't get your humor kuya glen. Like duh, can we just roll our eyes over them? Seriously, if they want a 'real' review better go somewhere else. I have been reading your posts for so long and I know how you write 'REVIEWS'. They're just proving they're not your regular followers. Duh. Just whatever. HAHA. Anyway, this is Ester Yaje. I don't know if you remember but I changed my profile. Nag drama ako sa life eh. Basta ang masabi ko lang, wala silang book unang putok sa national bookstore. hahaha. No to bad bloods :)

Mr. Tripster said...

Internet trolls live for trolling and that's about it. They haven't anything to contribute at all, except for their pretentious cynicism. I know because i am one too. Hehehehe!

And as for review-reviewhan, well, wala naman masama that you expressed your thoughts about the movie you saw. This is beauty of blogging- the democratization of communication platforms by allowing a ground for true blue-blooded critics and other sorts of writers to share their thoughts and art, and have the same opportunities of attracting an audience and a following. Whatever.

Anyway, ang point ko lang naman eh your track-record validates your right and entitlement to showcase your opinion. Now is your opinion valid- definitely. You're a published writer and you have a following.

Is your opinion cultured? I don't know. But if you had the background or trained to do a critique on movies, then perhaps it is an opinion based on solid cultural foundation.

How about those trolls? Well i can't speak for them. My trolling is rooted deeply in my asshole-ness core. Every troll is like that.

Finally i just wanted to say that I haven't read your entry about your review, and i am simply trolling here. Hehehehe! But keep up the goodwork! Assholes will never ever get your point, so don't waste time and energy explaining yourself to pointless and insignificant critics.

khantotantra said...

palong-palo angtraffic sa blog mo sir glentot.

Yung ibang nagcomment na against, mukang naghahanap ng masyadong seryosong review. nakakaloks.

deadmadela mo na lang... atlit... nag-effort sila kumoment hahahaa :D

more blogpost from you. :D

nyabach0i said...

benta ang review sa akin. either hindi ka nila kilala or napaka intense nila. baka nagkape sila or suminghot ng red bull during comment.

not a fan of netizens too.

anyway, benta super ang comment parts. kasi ang warla nilang lahat. wala lang. kung ako sayo, more reviews pa kasi sure napatawa mo ako.

tbh, totoong mukhang may sakit si apocalypse.

luridx said...
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luridx said...

langya dumugo ilong ko tsong. hahaha. chill lang, di pinapatulan ang mga hindi ka-level. For sure di nila binasa ung buong post. It's that, or they're simply dumb not to comprehend that it's not the actual, traditional review they're looking for. May Gad, kahit bata mafifigure out yun e.

Kiko Ryvan said...

Parang dun lang sa nakita kong mga ad nonsense pagmagbabasa ka ng manga "This Filipino woman knows the secret to have big boobs" hahahaha..

nice do try it sometimes galing..

olyabut said...

nadisappoint ako. akala ko pinalitan mo na yung title nung last post mo. gusto ko yung "YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS BLOGGER HAD TO SAY AFTER WATCHING X-MEN APOCALYPSE!". Hahaha! grabe long time no comment ako :p

wenggaye said...

long time lurker.. napacomment ako bigla haha...

ang favorite kong movie review mo yun HELE something ni Piolo and JLC ..pak na pak yun bwahahha

-mark- said...

Masyado na kasing mga epal ang tao ngayon, mga feeling marunong..pagkakantutin ko yang mga yan eh hahaha. hindi katulad noon, masarap magsulat.. ngayon nakakatamad dahil madaming epal madaming bashers.... hello glentot, nice to be back sa blog mo hihihihi bulbol!!!!!!

Senyor Iskwater said...

BURN!!!!

Kingina sila! Sayang naalpasan ko ang mga moments!!! Di tuloy ako nakasawsaw!

Eto love ko:

Truly, it's becoming a trend: people nowadays are in search of the next thing to offend them. And everything they did not agree with is offensive. And everyone who had the gall to have a different opinion is automatically stupid, "ignorant" and "shallow".

Yun lang!

Jenny said...

They don't know you Glen(n) that's why, baka bagong salta sa blog mo. Agn galing mong magenglish ha! Ganon talaga ang pinoy pag galit no lumalabas ang pagka english speaking! Charaught! Bayaan mo sila, edi sila ang magreview. Hahaha. Keep on writing kasi napapatawa mo kami.

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