Critic vs. The Chick?
I think Channel Awesome's appeal, as well as strong and fervent fan base, comes from the fact that these guys speak, act, and look like, not to be presumptuous in anyway, ourselves and our friends. In many ways, they are mediators of culture that are of the same perspective as ourselves. This can either be a good or bad thing. Though I enjoy Doug's, Lindsay's, Linkara's, Brad's, and Spoony's videos, there is an existing Fandumb- an annoying one. In other words, though the community may be close-knit, it does tend to veer on the creepy side once in a while.
But that's not really my point. I want to focus on a rift, evident between the Nostalgia Chick and Nostalgia Critic, that I think will dictate the future of the site. To begin, I will say that I enjoy the videos of both. However, Lindsay manages to go one step further than Doug, in which the issues presented by the film are given a feminist/sociological context. Not to insult Doug, but her reviews go beyond pointing out the implausibilities of the film's plot. In emphasizing the implications of the film's messages, her reviews aim for something along the same lines of what the AV Club does. The Critic, however, goes in the other direction, focusing on slapstick humor, mocking the narratives (see also Film Brain
and The Cinema Snob), acting choices, etc.
Not that this type of style of critique is invalid. Going by the stars alone, the Critic's videos always receive higher ratings than the Chick. But I think the discrepancy in ratings has everything to do with how people visiting the site want to assess past popular media: mockery or discourse? (Not that one is better than the other.)
In this way I wonder how the site will continue to function. Though Lindsay and Team N Chick
are popular figures, I don't see her discourse-y type of reviews spreading throughout the site. Though she is a well-known fixture of the site, in many ways she's a black sheep. With that in mind, I could easily end on a punny, sheep-related point, but instead I'll spare you and say that this rift is interesting because besides its increasing obviousness, it opens the possibility that the other reviewers can choose to expand their scope, or Lindsay can choose to leave or follow the flock. Damn.