THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 805, January 18, 2015
If everybody carried a gun, then society
would be a lot more more peaceful, a lot
less violent, and virtually crime-free.
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
The last showing of Alongside Night was Oct. 23, 2014 in Spokane, WA. The movie is not yet available on Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD or streaming. As of now the movie is two-and-a-half months past its last public availability, awaiting general release via wider theatrical and the above-mentioned home-entertainment media later this year.
So how is it that within the last ten days—two-and-a-half months after its last screening—there have been 75 IMDb ratings for the movie, a dozen of them posted in the last 24 hours, 22 of them from non-U.S. users—and 59—78.7—of these votes are the lowest possible rating of 1 out of 10? This gives Alongside Night an IMDb rating of 2.4 out of a possible 10 and gives a false-flag impression that an audience that has seen the movie has rejected it. The intent is an attempt to discourage further distribution by giving potential vendors the impression there's no market for it.
This trolling of Alongside Night on IMDb is nothing new for the movie's writer/producer/director—me. It follows from the same action against my previous movie, Lady Magdalene's, by anonymous attackers with multiple sock-puppet accounts.
I haven't been subject to lethal terrorism such as the firebombing then shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, but there are Internet-based opponents to my libertarian-themed film-making who have had me in their sights for years and they're still at work.
I don't have the resources to penetrate their anonymity and stop them as was done with the cyberattacks on Sony for producing The Interview.
Alongside Night portrays the Dark Net as an asset for free speech and free communications. Is there no one at Anonymous to out these anti-libertarian trolls?
Addendum January 15, 2015:
I wrote to IMDb's Help Desk:
IMDb's Help Desk responded:
IMDb has zero interest in honest user ratings for movies. They defend anonymous sock-puppet trolling of their ratings. Nobody interested in accuracy in media should give IMDb's ratings any credibility whatsoever.
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