What happens when an author goes on national television and criticizes a computer game she has never seen let alone played?
In the past what would have happened is, well, very little.
Today of course is the age of the internet mob. Rather than chants, torches and pitch forks, the modern mob member uses Digg as the tool of choice. In this case the target was the hapless authors Amazon reviews.
As you can imagine, she soon retracted her statements. Can you blame her? I read over at kotaku this quote:
since the controversy over her remarks erupted she had watched someone play the game for about two and a half hours. “I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.”Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”
I think she should actually feel lucky that the gamers took out their anger on her Amazon pages rather than the blogosphere. As of today there are still some favorable pages in here Google search results.
So what is the lesson here? I guess if you ever get put in the position to comment on something, make sure it is something you actually know about and that you really believe what you are saying. It seems Fox has done very little to help her even though they should take a lot of the blame for what happened. When the proverbial happens don’t expect anyone to stand with you for very long.