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“Audiovisual.” Back in olden times, a school’s audiovisual club would be composed of a bunch of geeks who actually knew how to run the filmstrip and film projectors, and were typically deeply involved in things like audio fidelity and newfangled speakers. We’re proud to carry on the tradition of people immersed in pop culture and entertainment media to a somewhat obsessive degree.
No. Not even a little. The A.V. Club has been a proud “sister publication” of The Onion since the mid-’90s, but The A.V. Club features real interviews, reviews, features, and other entertainment-related articles.
We love the comments section, along with the discussions and community they foster. We take the “club” aspect of our name seriously—it’s your site too. But here’s the deal: We strive to cover pop culture with intelligence and wit, and we assume that’s what brought you here. Abusive/offensive/obscene posts simply don’t contribute to that goal.
- Flagrant attacks on other commentators, staffers, or interview / review subjects, particularly aggressive, insulting posts with no other point to make. Unacceptable: “You’re a dick!” Acceptable: “Only a dick would watch Con Air six times in a row!” Better: “You watched Con Air six times?! You should’ve taken IQ tests before and after to see how it affected you.”
- Offensive commentary on interview / review subjects, including but not limited to ad hominem thoughts on how they look, how they might smell, and exactly what you’d like to do to them in bed. Hate on their work all you want, but attacking them for their appearance is childish, and providing detailed commentary on your sexual reaction to them is, well, icky. If you did that at our party at our house, you wouldn’t be invited back.
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- Blatant trolling.
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- Offensive images or GIFs.
One more thing to keep in mind: We can’t be everywhere at once. You can help us maintain the quality of our community. If you see someone behaving offensively in the comments, contact us.
Be passionate, but be kind. Learn from each other. And remember there is an actual human being on the other end of the line. The comments work best when people do these things.
We’ve released three books under the A.V. Club banner. The Tenacity Of The Cockroach: Conversations With Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders (2002) collects dozens of our best early interviews with the longtime survivors of the entertainment industry. Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, And 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists (2009) features some of our most popular Inventory lists, plus a variety of new lists that never appeared online. And Nathan Rabin’s My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man’s Journey Deep Into The Heart Of Cinematic Failure (2010) collects some of the most popular columns from Nathan’s My Year Of Flops feature, plus a ton of book-only content.
I’m a big fan of someone you interviewed. Can you put me in touch with him/her, or pass on my idea for a book / album / show / film?
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