Rotten Tomatoes: critics vs audience

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Bored on lockdown, you look up the reviews for a film you’ve heard about.  The initial screen on Rotten Tomatoes indicates that it’s great, 93%, but experience reminds you that this is just the critics’ score.

You click through to the full page, and the audience score is 14%.

Wha . . . ?

There are various conspiracy theories about this, like how big studios manipulate ratings on YouTube trailers.  But having looked at many examples, the truth seems fairly prosaic.

For the most part, critics are twits.  The dark fear that keeps them tossing and turning between wanks at night is the ever-present possibility that they may be Read More

‘What do you think of Equatorial Guinean culture?’

I’d been out of the country.  I’d fallen out of practice.  I wasn’t even consistently doing the ‘Equatorial headcheck’, i.e. the instinctive glance behind one to check for plainclothes police before making a negative political or social comment.  And we were in the bush, I was relaxed, and I was still in easygoing SEA mode.

This is not South East Asia.

There was a woman on our hiking trip who had long lived in Germany and had recently returned home.  She asked me, ‘So, what do you think of our Equatorial Guinean culture?’

I hesitated.

Then I Read More