'Be Kind Rewind' - Entertainment And Community

Some thoughts about the movie 'Be Kind Rewind' and the implications of community on entertainment
Posted by Douglas, Mar 26, 2008

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'Be Kind Rewind' - Entertainment And Community

Posted by Douglas, Mar 26, 2008
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Have you seen the movie "Be Kind Rewind"? My friend Kirsten and I went to see it last night. I was expecting it to be silly all the way through. Well, it was plenty silly, but it was also more thought provoking than I expected.

Without giving away anything about the film, I'll tell you that I walked out of the theater asking questions like:

Would I rather watch a community production of 'Oklahoma', or a glitzy Hollywood action film?

Would I rather watch a local church Christmas pageant, or a drama with big name actors and big budgets?

Would I rather attend a high school orchestra concert, or attend the Boston Pops?

And (though the movie had nothing to do with sports) Would I rather watch a local high school basketball game, or a professional sports event?

It occurs to me that most of our "entertainment" has been largely removed from the context of a community. We have become so enamoured of glitz, glitter, glamour and big name professionalism that we really would rather watch complete strangers entertain us.

I think this is unfortunate. Nevertheless, many of us do see the value in those community productions (speaking for myself, I almost never go to professional sports event, but I regularly attend local basketball games).

What does this have to do with Fifteen Minutes Of Fiction? Simply this: at its heart, this site is a community of writers. Very few of us are professional writers, though we all aspire to become better and better.

And if we are not professional writers, why would people take the time to read our writing, and help us improve it?

Simply because we are part of a community. And the more involved you are in that community, the more you interact with the rest of the community, the more stake others have in reading your writing.

One common mistake newcomers often make is to join the site, post some stories or poems, and then assume that everyone is automatically going to flock to their writing. The "build it and they will come" mentality really doesn't work here.

Take the time to get involved. Read what others have written. Take time to post some well thought out comments. Visit the forums and join ongoing discussions there. Be part of the community.

Posted by Douglas, Mar 26, 2008

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