Random Thoughts

Two Dark Knights.

The two Dark Knight sightings have been eventful. Everyone knows what happened last time around, as Heath Ledger, the best Joker yet (this guy just misses the top spot) passed away months before the release of TDK, as well as several other incidents.

But this time round, there was more tragedy, carnage even, as witnessed in Aurora, Colorado as a real-life Joker headed into a theater and gunned down 12 and injured a further 58 in the audience.

As another homage to the modus-operandi of the Joker, Rotten Tomato’s film critic Eric Snider, of Film.com also posted a provoking negative review. He hadn’t yet been to a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, but seeing the hoopla around the movie, would have been tempted to cause a little chaos and watch the (fan)world burn… So he went along, and, as a kind of joke, posted a fake review. His one sentence sophomore touting TDKR as the worst Batman film ever made (including the Joel Schumacher versions… now THAT would definitely raise *some* eyebrows, won’t it?). If someone cared to read Snider’s entire review rather than posting hate-mails and death-threats, he had made it abundantly clear that he had not seen the film and was just kidding. He was trying to prank the RT users to see how much users really cared about the review or would they make a quick decision based on his one sentence. He had guessed most would just attack. He was right.

That is what we are becoming. Infact, I should use the perfect tense. This is what we have become. Too quick to judge. Too uncaring to hear the whole story. Too short-of-time to pause for a moment and reflect upon what this online anonymity, because of which we believe we are so safe, is turning us into.


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