An internet backlash is a funny thing. If you are party to the source of the backlash, then it is easy to make judgements, and choose to agree or disagree accordingly.
If you aren’t aware of the backlash it is much harder. Take HBO’s new show Girls. There I am minding my own business, enjoying a program favourably compared to Sex and the City as “A Voice of A Generation”. Then I am sent a couple of articles, one about the ironic racism of one of it’s writers, and another about the shows representation of abortion, and suddenly I am looking at everything through new eyes.
The point is that if you are a fan of the internet (and easily swayed by powerful arguments), it’s hard to be objective about a show beyond it’s initial airing. The picture above conveys a feeling I have had for some time, that the web allows people to stomp on shows before they blossom, as well as create cult hits with no viewers.
I’ll update you after I’ve watched episode three of Girls, but I feel like this show has been tainted for me in a way that I am struggling to explain.