There are times like these when I sit back and ponder over why I am on the internet in the first place. I have been here long enough – AOL message boards, ICQ, forums, Orkut, Twitter, Facebook and now Google Wave – and I have had my fair share of online social flaming interaction. Since yesterday I have seen the reactions of many on twitter (most of them my friends) and wondered why something like the #WallProject, which was meant to be an event which generates positivity, has suddenly become so disruptive and so filled with hate messages. I don’t agree with what I read now and this is my (rather lame) attempt at telling you why…
Firstly, the Aladin team has been taking a lot of unnecessary flak from a lot of people in the media and on Twitter. Aren’t we forgetting that it is them who were listening online, who responded to the community, apologised and then went out there and did something. What about the other movie teams. I haven’t heard anything from the guys of the other movies! KUDOS to Vishal, Jackie, Sujoy and Shekhar – REALLY!!!
Everyone seems to be annoyed about things like movie releases, publicity and TRPs. Are you guys for real? When we wrote about the vandalism, we wanted to be heard. We got retweeted a zillion times, some of us even spoke to TV channels and newspapers about it. Why then is it wrong if the Aladin team does the same? They are essentially doing the same that we did. Who is talking of double standards here?
The Aladin posters were stuck on a part of the wall that was painted by guys from Red FM. When they offered to paint that part of the wall with the guys from Red FM, people cried foul. Why should they paint any other part of the wall? Also, why are people pissed that they painted the wall today? As far I know, Thursday comes before Saturday.
I think the Aladin team missed a beat with what they painted on the wall. If they had just not mentioned the movie name, the lamp and just written social messages on the wall, it would have gotten them so much goodwill and yet they choose to wear Aladin t-shirts and paint a lamp. They have some learning to do in this regard, I guess..
All in all, I think we are going overboard with our reactions here.