April 12, 2008

My Expelled Dilemma

I have received a few e-mails from readers expressing surprise over my total silence up to now on the Expelled film. I can't say I blame them. Virtually every other atheist blog has been reporting on the film, exposing its many lies and the bizarrely restrictive screenings. In fact, part of the reason I've steered clear of it is that so many others have covered it so well that I wasn't sure what I could add. However, I have also avoided the topic of the film because I do not want to do anything that might help its publicity. Let me explain.

The box office success of any film will go a long way these days to determining whether others like it are made. Publicity, even bad publicity, goes a long way toward impacting box office success. I am convinced that it is far worse for a film to be ignored than it is for it to become controversial.

I had no interest whatsoever in seeking The Da Vinci Code or The Golden Compass until Christians protested these films, and I can think of many similar examples over the years. I simply figure that I might enjoy anything that would make Christians this upset. Even if I do not end up liking the film, I feel better for demonstrating that will not give in to Christian boycotts.

It is unlikely that I will see Expelled anytime soon. I have read enough about it on other blogs to be fairly sure that I would find little value and that it would just make me mad. I do not particularly want to help create buzz for it either. I have no problem with those who have been making it a controversial film, but I choose not to do so.

What do you think? Am I wrong to ignore it?

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