Twitter is a rather frightening tool/phenomenon. I joined it a while back as sort of a place to throw random ideas and notions–the more surreal the better–and didn’t think much of it. But then the big boys moved into town. Stephen Fry is now God Emperor of Twitter and currently has over 180,000 people. Or at least he did when I started writing this, he’s probably broken a quarter of a million by now. Jonathan Ross arrived on the scene and became the clearinghouse for fake celebs–telling everyone who was real just by, you know, calling them at home and such. Neil Gaiman has been sucked into the world of Twitter and got to share his whirlwind experience of promoting a successful film and winning a Newbery at the same time–and for everyone who follows him, it was a day like any other day except we were there. Graham Linehan, head burrito of The IT Crowd, and Andy Diggle, who if there was a God would be writing The Authority right now, pop on when they feel like gaming and invite whoever to join them. And Phill Jupitus appears to be having so much fun with Twitter it should be illegal.
And now, Linehan has spawned @BadMovieClub, with a screening of The Happening taking place at 9pm GMT tonight and everyone participating using the #BadMovieClub tag. Then Phill declared a second showing at midnight GMT. Then @katoi, who is brighter than I, snagged badmovieclub.co.uk. Then @lauriepink created the unofficial official Bad Movie Club t-shirt. Which is not in black, so WTF, laurie. I mean bravo and all that but help me out here.
It is freaking fantastic to watch, in other words. Do you see what is happening here? We can now create the equivalent of flash events on the fly wherever and entertain each other without having to really do anything.