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An Open Letter to Negative Internet Culture

The internet… “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” Obi-wan said it best even though he was talking about Mos Eisley Spaceport, the same description applies to the internet culture.

Dear Internet,

Stop being such a douche.

You have created this negative hive-mind culture which lashes out and attacks anything it sees that may have weakness. You have recently effected Apple, George Lucas, and Notch. To list just a few examples.

Apple is currently facing an outrage you started called “bendgate.” The people are claiming their new iPhones are bending in their pockets. Millions of of people flooding you with news reports and videos of them trying to bend their phones and even going to such lengths as to try and bend them in stores.

Meanwhile, Apple only has 9 confirmed cases of this being an issue with their customers. That’s only 9 from over 10 million that they sold in their first weekend. So it’s really just a lot of people going out of their way to bend their phones and even more people getting mad about it. Guess what? If you try and break something, odds are, it will break!

George Lucas used to enjoy his job and experienced success but then you come in to ruin it all. Star Wars the Phantom Menace might not have been the best movie but it experienced success and George Lucas was happy. You came around and tore him and his prequel movies to shreds which put all the blame of everything wrong with Star Wars repeatedly on the your perception of George Lucas. So even though he made the movies and enjoys them and it is his art. You sapped his will to make any more.

“Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

“On the internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie. I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.’”

“It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ “

So even though Star Wars is one of the most loved movie franchises ever that revolutionized movies and movie culture. George went and sold it to Disney so he can go off and just live the rest of his life without your crap internet. Of course immediately after the sale you freaked out again internet. Why are you so flip-floppy?

Even Notch, the creator of Minecraft has become a god in the eyes of gamers. When Mojang, the company he started, change their EULA and affected the experience of people who play online. So even though he started this 5 year old company which grew to be worth $2.5 billion you attacked him. Even though he had nothing to do with the new changes.

That was just the tipping point which lead him to sell his company to Microsoft so he can go back to being his own person who is allowed to make his own opinions and his own games without being slammed for everything we do. He credits Phil Fish as helping this decision since he is famous for being through all of this before.

Phil Fish is another indie game developer who went through a rough time developing his game which was highly anticipated and extremely well reviewed. Through out the long development process people would go after him on the internet for taking so long, saying he’s never going to finish, etc. But he finally finished it and it was a hit.

But after the hit the perception of who he was by the internet was different than who he really was which was a highly opinionated person, not unlike the people attacking him. They made his life miserable and he lashed back out at them and canceled the sequel to his hit game. Later he shut down his twitter. Then after some time he came back, got slammed again and even hacked with all his persona information published to the public. He quickly quit game development completely and sold his company and said:

“I would like to announce that Polytron and the Fez IP are now for sale, no reasonable offer will be turned down. I am done. I want out. RUN AWAY. Just don’t do it. Give up your dreams. They are actually nightmares. Nothing is worth this. To every aspiring game developer out there: Don’t. give up. It’s not worth it. This is your audience. This is video games.”

We really live in an area where negative feedback is often more prominent than positive feedback. Any comment section on a blog or review piece on the internet is flooded by people who go out of their way to express how stupid the content of the article is. Such a dumb practice, when I was a kid I learned “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” It’s one thing to hop on and express your perspective about it but bashing something because you have zero interest in a thing seems extremely dumb and a waste of time for everyone. Good job, you’re worse than a Fox News segment.

The internet has gone after companies like EA for releasing a bad game or two with bad support and got EA awarded Worst Company in America two years in a row. Yes, worse than any oil company, bank, or other legitimately terrible company. You picked on EA because you could.

All of these things you picked on and continue to pick on give us some great stuff that we love and we continue to be the worst people ever right back to them. You are run by misinformation and rumors these days, and you’re never nice or rational. You’re stubborn and you really need to change.

When I was young I was taught “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” You should do the same.

Sincerely,

Andrew Dupe
Concerned Citizen of Earth

Web Developer and General Tech Enthusiast. Webrnetr is my personal web development brand. I am a proud Hesplerian (Cambridge) and Canadian. I develop with Wordpress and I like to play video games from time-to-time.

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