Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Registered: Mar 2002
It's just a thought of course, but I can't help thinking that if we DON'T kick up a stink when MGM pulls little stunts like this - that just show their low regard for the SG-1 fans who aren't true born god-fearing americans (and therefore the only ones who matter to the suits in the accounts department) - then all we can expect in future is to be treated in the same manner over and over again.
A couple of decades ago, a moderately successful TV show got canceled after it's second series and the fans became righteously indignant: letter writing campaigns were begun, calls of complaint flooded in, the wrath of thousands of disappointed fans came down on the head of an unsuspecting studio because he'd had the temerity to cancel a little known show called 'Star Trek' - we all know what happened to that show... It's now the ultimate cash-cow of SF-Fandom - and the show that opened the floodgates for TV science fiction shows that still appear on our screens today.
I know it's also gave us the stereotyped image of SF fans <thank you SO much Bjo Trimble>, but it set a dangerous precedent - that what the fans think matters... Interestingly, there are more members of the SGC than there were correspondants in that long gone writing campaign, so it's likely that if they were ALL willing to take a few moments to dash off a complaint e-mail to MGM, it's possible that the sheer volume of correspondence would make them think again about their decision - assuming it doesn't crash their mail server of course...
I've read a lot of comments along the lines of 'can't be bothered, it wasn't a good site, it's not THAT good a show'.. These people are missing the point - if we accept the sort of treatment that allows these attitudes to be ignored, to go unaddressed, then that's ALL we're going to receive: bad shows, mediocre web presence and more apathy because in the twenty-first century people are starting to believe that quality doesn't matter, that nowhere beyond their front door is important and that it's not their place to complain, because someone else is going to do it!
It doesn't matter if you can access the site yourself, it's not about YOU, it's about the principle of the thing - MGM want to sell their merchandise, their programming packages, their corporate image to the whole world - so why isn't the whole world allowed to see what they're selling (in this case, the SGC) If you're quite happy and complacent with your acces and the bread and circuses of the new, updated site, then I'm not interested in what you think, you're cattle and you get what you deserve! It's people like Katana that make a difference, the ones with the desire to stand up and raise their voices in complaint, who dare to have an opinion of their own - who want to make a difference!
I've signed the petition and sent an email to MGM, I only hope that enough people share the same concern...
"That's the trouble with the Third Reich... No sense of humour..."
"I always heard living well was the BEST revenge..."
Last edited by Nick Fury on 03-12-2002 at 03:27 PM
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