Review Bombing: The Latest Ideological Tug-Of-War 


By Andrés Muñoz

I used to have a friend in graduate school who was very passionate about fandoms. One of her dream jobs was managing the online presence of fan-based communities, which I always saw as a very hands-on and daunting task. She now lives on a farm, away from the hustle and bustle of the screen-based Entertainment Industry.

Fans are often both purists and highly invested in their passion. It is this combination of traits that makes them inherently opposed to any type of change and/or innovation. So whenever a new television/film adaptation of a previous work pops up, fans will always be vocal, and not always positively.

Since voices in large numbers are so powerful in our social media-driven reality, fans have more power than ever when writing reviews. While some might offer constructive criticism, others will express their animosity towards change in more aggressive and political ways…

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