The People's Choice Awards: Not Quite For The People

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The People's Choice Awards: Not Quite For The People

These awards are, at best, misnamed, and at worst, unnecessary.

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In all actuality some awards did go to people/movies/shows that deserved them. Family movie, TV obsession, TV Drama just to name a few.

That's really very sad, to think something that was actually a legitimate award show's now on the same level as Spike's VGAs.

There's no artistic merit to be gained here, so why should movie critics or people who like good movies care about championing good nominees in these awards? Fans are people who're religious to their cause; they have no lives.

If Jersey Shore wins an award too, it can then finally confirm to everyone beyond a shadow of a doubt that these awards are for things "so bad, they're good". I love Twilight and Jersey Shore on these levels. Sometimes you just need to laugh AT something.

Perhaps Anon needs to pull somekind of stunt here, like what they did with 2008 MTV's best song of all time awards - having Rick Astley win it through 'popular' choice. :)

Still - good article.

While I agree that the PCAs are bunk, your reasons for not voting are exactly why turnouts for political elections are so shitty, where a majority of people don't vote. I hear it's not quite that bad in the USA, but where I am we get like 40-50% voter turnout. Because "my vote won't matter"

Wolfram01:
While I agree that the PCAs are bunk, your reasons for not voting are exactly why turnouts for political elections are so shitty, where a majority of people don't vote. I hear it's not quite that bad in the USA, but where I am we get like 40-50% voter turnout. Because "my vote won't matter"

Depending on where you are in the US, you can see worse numbers than that for REGISTERED voters, ie. those who have actually bothered to have the choice to vote and thus waste it.

Escapist's own March Mayhem is similarly a fanboy event. But now I see this article was writter by a 'not games editor'. So nevermind.

Cannot wait for Moviebob to burn this to the ground. But I am not sure he will consider something like this to be worth his time.

Twilight beat Inception? Another proof that mankind is profoundly stupid.

JuliusMagnus:
Escapist's own March Mayhem is similarly a fanboy event.

...duh?

Is it just me or have the last few articles I've read by this columnist been long and contrived rants? Granted, I'll probably be banned or something for saying this, but I'm not trying to flame here. It's not enjoyable. It's not entertaining. It comes of as ... immature as best.

If you really want to do that kind of column, you have to have some knowledge to back up the rants, to properly draw comparisons and contrasts, and that's probably why I like Yahtzee.

To each their own I guess, but I don't find any redeeming value to this kind of negativity, it just feeds the already overly-negative internet some more of that kind of tripe on a bike.

I'm actually surprised anyone bothered to find out who won at the PCAs and then write an article about it. I care so little that not only did I not watch, I didn't bother looking up who won later. Same thing I did for the Spike VGAs too. It's all just bunk anyway. I'll watch and play what I want and I don't need some award show to tell me what's good, I can decide on my own.

It's the Oscars for twelve year olds, what do you want?

It's about as topical and faithful to its past as the Miss America pageant. Personally, I like to pretend it doesn't exist. Feel free to join me in my ignorance.

I still get a kick out of a few years ago when TV writers held a strike and, instead of canceling the awards, they made Queen Latifah do the whole thing solo from a studio. She went clinically insane before the night was over.

Lord_Ascendant:
Personally, I like to pretend it doesn't exist. Feel free to join me in my ignorance.

I'll join you if we get to watch bad movies and make s'mores. I could really go for some s'mores.

Online and text-based voting is the purest expression of the vocal minority ever witnessed. Whichever little group screams the loudest wins.

Caiti Voltaire:
Is it just me or have the last few articles I've read by this columnist been long and contrived rants? Granted, I'll probably be banned or something for saying this, but I'm not trying to flame here. It's not enjoyable. It's not entertaining. It comes of as ... immature as best.

Second. Saying an award show is a bunch of crap isn't really going out on a limb, and saying it's bad because it's commercialized is a cheap shot; that is bad, but it's got that failing in common with nearly everything on television and in popular culture in general. That's not a good analysis.

So basically (and forgive me if I'm wrong) the problem isn't so much that it's just another awards show, but an awards show where what you liked didn't win?

To use your own words from the last or next to last paragraph, "I'm a real person" and I think a movie like The Social Network doesn't deserve to win an award for anything. Yes, I'm saying that Twilight deserves more acclaim than a movie about the making of Facebook does.

I hate all awards shows. Especially when they have a "best anything" type award. In my opinion the best of the year is the one that makes the most money. That's really the bottom line. You can love a movies message but if nobody sees it, then it went over like a lead balloon and certainly isn't the best, no matter how you think of the imagery, sound, acting and characters.

I know that view will be in the minority here but give me 48 Hours over The Red Sands of Fullugastan (or whatever anti-war, anti-American movie is the critics love of the year).

RowdyRodimus:
"I'm a real person" and I think a movie like The Social Network doesn't deserve to win an award for anything. Yes, I'm saying that Twilight deserves more acclaim than a movie about the making of Facebook does.

Care to elaborate, "real person"

or should I call you *pulls mask off* STEPHANIE MEYER!?

SpiderJerusalem:

RowdyRodimus:
"I'm a real person" and I think a movie like The Social Network doesn't deserve to win an award for anything. Yes, I'm saying that Twilight deserves more acclaim than a movie about the making of Facebook does.

Care to elaborate, "real person"

or should I call you *pulls mask off* STEPHANIE MEYER!?

This made my day...honestly xD

sunburst313:
Online and text-based voting is the purest expression of the vocal minority ever witnessed. Whichever little group screams the loudest wins.

I completely agree with this person's statement, and also:

SpiderJerusalem:

RowdyRodimus:
"I'm a real person" and I think a movie like The Social Network doesn't deserve to win an award for anything. Yes, I'm saying that Twilight deserves more acclaim than a movie about the making of Facebook does.

Care to elaborate, "real person"

or should I call you *pulls mask off* STEPHANIE MEYER!?

Harr harr.

RowdyRodimus:
So basically (and forgive me if I'm wrong) the problem isn't so much that it's just another awards show, but an awards show where what you liked didn't win?

I was particularly fond of:

I didn't vote, because I don't care -- surprising, I know

The author didn't care, yet wrote a whiny two-page rant about how not fair it is that things that are incredibly popular won awards with a public voting system.

I'm reminded of something:

Ah yes, it's those that tell you they don't care that really do.

So you don't like Katy Perry, huh?

...you're just jealous.

[/sarcasm]

kthxbai

I guess I live under a rock because I never paid attention to the PCAs.

Sure I heard the name like once or twice but that was it. As long as "Inception" wins some Oscars (Particularly for writing and directing) I am all good. I don't pay any attention to the other award shows really.

RowdyRodimus:
So basically (and forgive me if I'm wrong) the problem isn't so much that it's just another awards show, but an awards show where what you liked didn't win?

To use your own words from the last or next to last paragraph, "I'm a real person" and I think a movie like The Social Network doesn't deserve to win an award for anything. Yes, I'm saying that Twilight deserves more acclaim than a movie about the making of Facebook does.

I hate all awards shows. Especially when they have a "best anything" type award. In my opinion the best of the year is the one that makes the most money. That's really the bottom line. You can love a movies message but if nobody sees it, then it went over like a lead balloon and certainly isn't the best, no matter how you think of the imagery, sound, acting and characters.

I know that view will be in the minority here but give me 48 Hours over The Red Sands of Fullugastan (or whatever anti-war, anti-American movie is the critics love of the year).

I think this sums up my opinions on the People's Choice Awards, and far better then I could have. The people who cared voted, and the people who don't care didn't, so if you don't care and don't vote, I don't think the results should matter to you at all.

RowdyRodimus:
I hate all awards shows. Especially when they have a "best anything" type award. In my opinion the best of the year is the one that makes the most money. That's really the bottom line. You can love a movies message but if nobody sees it, then it went over like a lead balloon and certainly isn't the best, no matter how you think of the imagery, sound, acting and characters.

There's a reason why there is no "Biggest Advertising Campaign Award".

Elizabeth Grunewald:
The People's Choice Awards: Not Quite For The People

These awards are, at best, misnamed, and at worst, unnecessary.

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Wait... Elizabeth Grunewald... if the "PCA"s are that depressing to you, then aren't you just drawing more attention them by "critiquing" them like this? Most people here (including myself) probably haven't heard of the "PCA"s before now anyway. It just seems a bit of a bizarre article for you to write, given the subject matter.

OH WAIT A MINUTE...

If your article is so baffling to me, then aren't I just drawing more attention to it by "critiquing" it like this? Most people here probably wouldn't read my comments anyway. It just seems a bit of a bizarre comment for me to write, given the subject matter.

PS - that "SPLAT" you heard was my brain exploding into a wet purple jellyfish-like substance.

I never gave a faff about awards shows before. Was the millions of dollars they earned playing the role not enough? They need an item that does nothing more than say "Hey, nice job pretending"?

Just think about all the money used to host and televise such shows.
Now think about all the homeless and starving people, children included, that could have helped.

Yeah, I'm a bit bitter about such things.

Award shows = Biggest waste of time. The same goes for teen choice awards in the summer.

Spike Video Game Awards still takes the cake of curb stomping.

Elizabeth Grunewald:
The People's Choice Awards: Not Quite For The People

These awards are, at best, misnamed, and at worst, unnecessary.

Read Full Article

Great article. Your writing is always enjoyable and spot on. I love the internet and how much fun, learning, and entertainment I get from it, but it sure has flushed a lot of good things down the crapper.

JuliusMagnus:
Escapist's own March Mayhem is similarly a fanboy event.

Of course it is. Do you expect people to vote for developers that they haven't played games from even if said games were great.

It was actually quite similar to the whole People's Choice problem. Zynga(Farmville) spammed their users on their forum to come here and vote for them. It was actually so bad that some of there player base that actually had brains to think with and understood what the thing was about, and voted against Zynga because they were getting sick of the begging they were doing.

We actually had to have all gamers band together and vote for Valve to beat them in the final four round, even people that didn't particularly like Valve came to vote for Valve.

It was like an epic battle against a dark lord; armies from all corners of gaming set aside their squabbles and petty arguments, and won the day for gamer kind.

Yes I spin quite a tale, but it felt that epic for me.

Taylor Swift is not a country artist.
Didn't Brandi Carlile put out an album this year, or was Give Up the Ghost 2009? Because that's a country artist. Listen to Caroline or Dying Day and tell me that isn't more country than Taylor Swift.

And how do you put two vampire shows and Smallville on best scifi/fantasy show when... oh, never mind, that is considered good scifi in America. (But seriously, Doctor Who and Ashes to Ashes both had new seasons this year.)

No one on Escapist is in the target demographic for the People's Choice Awards....those people frequent very, very different sites than we do here....it's a window in to a strange and different world for us!

Lol, I love how film award ceremonies being unreliable is considered news. As if OMG! THIS IS TOTALLY UNHEARD OF! At least the Ig Nobel Prizes are entertaining.

Arent things like this the reason we have critics tell us what movies are good? Since "people" are just bleating lambs that like whats popular because its big name?

Not to be confused with "persons" which is a multitude of person that can still form and think rational thought without falling into the trap of crowd mentality.

i just generally hate award shows because they either choose winners by asking artsy people who believe their opinion is the only one that is worth mentioning because they are more cultured and sophisticated or they open a poll to fans where only die-hard fans will vote so it ends up being a popularity contest between people who really invest too much of their lives into a piece of fiction. either way you go you get results that dont accurately reflect what the people actually believe

here's an idea, for the VGA's send out people to poll the people coming out of gamestops (or other videogame stores) on a Saturday (not on the release date for any huge game) and ask them what games they enjoyed the most this year. for the PCA go to theaters (not on the release date of a movie) and ask people on their way out of the theater if they enjoyed the movie they watched and what they think is the best movie they have seen this year. if you want fair polling results you go to a place where the diversity of the group being polled matches the diversity of the market: if i want to poll for the VGA's i wont poll people at 10pm at a gamestop the night before halo reach is about to come out, your sample size wont reflect your population accurately. the same example goes towards polling people on the internet, you leave out those who dont go to the websites you advertise at and you create an overwhelming response from fanboys/ girls which corrupts your data

have these pollers ever taken a statistics class before?

emeraldrafael:
Arent things like this the reason we have critics tell us what movies are good? Since "people" are just bleating lambs that like whats popular because its big name?

Not to be confused with "persons" which is a multitude of person that can still form and think rational thought without falling into the trap of crowd mentality.

What I have never truly grasped is why I should value anyone else's opinion as somehow more able to tell me what I like than my own.

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