Years ago I read a book by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter called The Light of Other Days.
In a nut shell, people develop wormhole technology that allows them to see and hear anywhere in time and space. All privacy disappears.
Civilization falls into chaotic anarchy as nobody wants to run for any political office. If you peeked up little girl’s skirts when you were in elementary school, 50 years later that would be used against you when you ran for office. Since nobody wanted to be publicly shamed, everyone tried to keep a low profile and not attract attention and have their entire history dredged for embarrassing evidence.
Welcome to 2018.
James Gunn wrote and directed the incredibly successful Guardians of the Galaxy movies, as well as a personal favorite, Slither.
He just got fired from GOTG 3 because of some decade old Tweets.
His apology fell on deaf ears and Disney had to shit can a guy who made them over a billion dollars in profit.
This was retribution by an alt-right troll Mike Cernovich for the firing of Roseanne Barr.
So on the one hand it sucks for Disney and Gunn, on the other, he was taken down by the same rules he played by. He can’t be part of the hate mob against a Trump supporter and then complain when he’s hate mobbed.
Mutually assured social media destruction.
Now members of the GOTG cast are speaking out.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
I hate the online hate mobs that cost jobs. I’ve talked about the destruction of Brendan Eich before. Then there were the guys fired for making a joke about a software dongle at a tech conference that was overheard by another person and ended up with the guys cracking a joke losing their jobs.
This shit is wrong, but as long as it is one sided it will keep happening.
I figured it will end when Hollywood can’t make a movie anymore. When every director with the chops to be given a $100 Million budget has been hate mobbed out of the industry, the powers that be on social media will call it a truce.
Maybe this is the tipping point, maybe it’s not. We’ll have to see.
If it’s not, I bet there is still plenty of dirt left to finish anyone currently in Hollywood off for good.