Blurry photos. Erratic video. Crashing websites. It just doesn’t get any better.
This morning, dozens of intrepid MiceChatters nursed POTC hangover from yesterday’s marathon day at Disneyland. Most arrived early, jostling for position up and down the red carpet to establish the best base camps they could find—and then they waited . . . and waited. A select few even managed to get inside the ropes as members of the media, invited guests or benefactors of the Make a Wish Foundation.
For the rest of us, we lived vicariously through the privileged, savoring every morsel of information posted and uploaded as it happened by the likes of MasterGracey, Sadako and the Visions Fantastic crew. News came sporadically, even sloppily, subject to the fickle whims of camera batteries, Photobucket accounts and wireless Internet connections.
It was perfect.
Disney, Starz, E! and countless other media outlets will broadcast carefully edited and slickly produced clips from the Pirates red carpet. We’ll hear generic sound bites from all sorts of Hollywood creative types—some directly affiliated with the movie, some not—espousing how great POTC3’s going to be and how exciting it is to be at the premiere. Rewind to last year and the comments will sound just like those heard at the Dead Man’s Chest premiere. And they will all fall short of the immediacy and raw enthusiasm we shared and will continue to share with fellow MiceChatters as they post their pictures, comments and video clips.
Forget the blow-dried, teeth whitened interviewers from the cable networks. The POTC premiere to me was 20 MC’ers bringing MiceChat Live! crashing to the ground—and MiceChat with it. It was Mom2dzneboys fighting a phalanx of photographers to take some great celebrity close-ups. It was bella getting a wink from Orlando and a kiss from Johnny on her birthday. It was MasterGracey apologizing for having to use his cell phone camera (no apologies necessary, the pics came out great). It was every hardcore Disney fan that braved the predawn chill and the late afternoon sun to be part of an event—and brought it back here to share.
To Visions Fantastic, you were the only ones to even attempt a live webcast. Thanks for taking us there. To ALIASd, again your industry contacts and reporting prowess made for an amazing article. The MC News Team is lucky to have you. Sue Kruse at MiceAge, no one covers premieres like you do. Outstanding job!
Finally—and I hope this isn’t misinterpreted—I think I love Aniko’s mom.
In 2006, Time Magazine named “You” as their Person of the Year, meaning “connected” people who share their experiences, observations, and personal eyewitnessing with the world, whether it’s through MySpace, YouTube or community sites like MiceChat. Maybe we’re not curing cancer here, but we are putting our stamp on events that matter to us, and doing it faster and with more heart than the so-called “professionals."
We’re bringing people together. I think that’s a cause for celebration.