10.07.2007

So-called Entertainment websites - My Pet Peeves

Now I used to "work" in the entertainment biz a cpl years back, for want of a better word, as it was barely what I would call work. Basically myself and a few other girls would go to parties, take pics of the patrons, promoters and anything else we deemed pic worthy. Subsequently these pics would be uploaded to our website, people would visit to either see what happened at the party or to check if their picture was taken. I must admit, it was fun, initially. We started getting recognition, sorted out di ting, started promoting said events and getting free passes to go to other events and do the same thing. In my estimation we became pretty reputable, we had gained a name for ourselves, we were often called "the bazzarazzi". It was something to be proud of, four high school girls owning and innovating their own website.

Eventually, other ppl started to sight the rake, if we could do it why couldn't they? Granted, although what we seemed to do was just be samfie-ing the entertainment industry, we did take the time to edit the photos, choosing only those we thought accurately depicted the "essence" of the event. It wasn't just a willy-nilly, let's-take-and-upload-all-the-pics-we-can-to-prove-we-can project. We made a conscious decision to use these pictures to tell the story about the event, from our point of view. It was personal, we posted reviews about the event, to inform those who were/weren't there about the highs and lows of the event.

I realise now that not so much thought goes into these websites. It's all just basically a who can upload the most pics in the least amount of time. Let's just take pics of every Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane, the fabulous and the toe-up-from-the-floe-up. From fashion humiliations to make-up faux pas. I mean how are we helping the patrons when we post pictures of girls who either got dressed and made up in the car on an unlit street or just have some really bad-mind frenz? I've seen pictures of girls grinning out all 34 of them teet inna bustierre wid di bress dem a sag, a wah dat man?

Anyhow, before I am charged with self-righteousness, there are websites that came before and after us that seem to maintain a certain standard with regards to their site design as well as their presentation of the events they do deign to visit. My peeve is not with them, my peeve rests solely with websites that are now taking advantage of the upsurge of digital camera availability, not to mention the drop in prices. Just because the camera is digital does not mean it is suitable to take pictures in the night of ppl in motion, oftentimes it jus come out looking like a duppy movie. Leave those pics for amateur facebook posting and tagging. You have more competition now so step up your game!

I am honestly disappointed, yes, I know that uptown is infamous for ppl standing up and posing but that DOES NOT MEAN that I need to see 200 odd pics of ppl a hold up wall inna di dance!

Gimme a pic of ppl a dance man, belly rub-a-dub an ting, position, foot pan shoulda, something to make me say, "bwoy mi haffi return to this website, dem eva a ketch the excitement!"

I mean being away from home makes me crave the slackness more, and I go to these sites with the hope that i'll be able to recapture some of that fun, the spirit of the dancehall, it come in like is better mi gwaan browse ppl personal album dem pon facebook to raas!

Those are my pet peeves for today. Now i'll go back to browsing said websites while shaking my head in shame and disgust. Idleness is a sin...

I-n-I

Nadyadee