Royal Nonesuch wrote:
Information has changed entertainment. The fact that we have access to more info makes us want more info. I do feel like people have gotten conditioned to want to know as much about a movie/tv/comic/etc. before they experience it for themselves. We don't give ourselves over to art anymore, we want to almost be a part of it by knowing everything about it.
Me personally, I've been working harder to avoid as much of that stuff as I can. I'm trying to roll back the other way. I do, however, love the "behind the scenes" and "making of" stuff, since I'm such a process geek, but I tend to check all that out after I've experienced something, rather than before.
It's been that way since at least the 70s, though. Back then, instead of websites dropping a scoop on some upcoming movie, it was magazines like Starlog or Fangoria or even Omni. I mean, I knew so much about Alien before I ever saw the movie...if the Internet had existed back then, I don't think I could have possibly learned more or had access to more spoilers.
Sure, there's much, much more info available about movies these days, especially with outlets like comic-con being mined to death. I mean, I like looking at Emmy Rossum's jiggling titties and all, but does her show "Shameless" really need a panel at comic-con? But the modern information outlets are just the most recent expression of it.