Saturday, November 4, 2006


24 Hours on Craigslist

24 Hours on Craigslist But we can never get back to that film. So we decided to watch a new documentary "24 Hours on Craigslist" I checked out from the Library.

"24 Hours on Craigslist" randomly (or maybe not) reveals some of the people from the bay area who post anonymous ads on Craigslist. The filmmaker brings them to the front of the camera to tell their stories.

Funny? Sometimes. Shocking? Not really (remember, this is San Francisco!). Entertaining? A little. Have a point? Hardly.

Some of these people posted on Craigslist might be regarded as weird freaks by the general public, but it's just the (normal) way of life to some others. Everybody is looking for something on Craigslist, and everybody will find something for themselves. That's why we call it a diverse community.

But the subjects in the film are so random that we don't really see the vision of the filmmaker. We get the impression that it's a parade aiming to shock people.

I wonder what people would think about this generation 20 or 30 years later when people watch this documentary.

My rating: 5 out of 10.

One thing I found out from this film is "flash mob."

People post specific instruction on Craigslist, such as "coming to the lobby of xxx hotel at specific time, and then at this specific time everybody start to greet each other at the lobby like they are long lost friends..."

That kind of instruction generated this big pillow fight early this year in San Francisco.

Sounds pretty cool, yeah?

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