As someone who spends a good percentage of her day consuming media, I am always surprised when something completely flies under my radar. [Tangent: Ugh. That made me sound really information entitled. Oh well, you know what I mean.] Last night, I got the following text from my ardent sister in popular culture, Laura.
I was so floored with my unfamiliarity on this topic that my fingers
couldn't type "American Blogger"fast enough. After a thorough googling
and trailer viewing, I felt super weird. When things hit close to home,
it's very easy to be overly judgemental and find them cringe worthy...that's just science. [Tangent: I'm looking at you
Crazy Hearts: Nashville and The Private Lives of Nashville Wives.] Of
course I have been lazily campaigning for a blogger show on Bravo, but we all
know the reality of that situation is- NO ONE would watch. I mean, watching me blog in my yoga pants while
drinking coffee and talking back to the screen during The Chew isn't exactly appointment TV. Truthfully, that's what most bloggers do...It's not as epic as this trailer has you believe. Although I kind of wish it was.
My immediate response:
I agree with this director in that there are a lot of great bloggers out
there with amazing back stories and it's great to see the connectivity
and community that blogging creates being celebrated. [Tangent: You know how I feel about all my blogger friends!] But does it really address bloggers as a whole?
After sifting through the backlash, I
kinda get the point from all the pushback...where IS the diversity? No one looks like me or a lot of bloggers I know. The whole point of
blogging is for people to find their niche and celebrate what makes them unique, and despite being titled
"American blogger", this film just seems to cover 30s white lifestyle
bloggers who all look and dress similarly.
It will be interesting to see if they talk real things like internet trolls and writers block and getting eye rolls from loved ones or being called obnoxious. I fear those things will take the back burner to sweeping shots of succulent gardens and chevron'd anthropologie throws...that's if I am judging a film by it's trailer.[Tangent: I mean everyone is blonde and gorgeous and living a
perfect little boho chic "a beautiful mess" existence. The cinematography, though really pretty, may as well be brought to you by
the Mayfield and Valencia filters.] It seems to reinforce a lot of cliches that bloggers are just self-important hipsters and I feel like in drawing attention to all the great things about blogging, it may also just get a collective "UGGHHHHHH, who gives a shit !?!" from everyone else. I'm really hoping that I am wrong and that the prettiness of it doesn't overshadow the message. I can't hate on anyone that is following a passion and doing what they love...and I don't envy these people for being "the voice" for such an outspoken opinionated movement of people.
In reading about the film and the controversy, I found the blog response of Chris Wiegand's wife (he is the director and dude in the airstream). The spirit of the film is a good one...I just fear that style will take a front seat to substance...and those aren't the kinds of blogs I like to read. [Tangent:....but of course I will be downloading it in June to see for myself.]