The internet has forever changed the way we work in this business. Everyone from the craft service person to the producer utilizes the internet to enhance his or her work. The costume department is no exception – we shop like crazy online, at all hours of the day, using overnight shipping to bridge the gap. We can research ideas with laser-like precision. It’s pretty awesome. But with all the ease that technology brings, it also brings other, harsher consequences.
Everyone has opinions about what they see in movies or television. However, back in the days before Twitter, Facebook and all the other social media sites, a person had no platform for spewing those opinions. Now, any schmuck with a computer or smart phone can say whatever comes to mind, anonymously, about anyone or anything without personal consequence to himself. The crazy thing is, now, people in positions of authority actually listen. Get enough Twitter users on a Schadenfreude-tinged bender about something they dislike about a movie or a TV show, and it can get someone fired.