So, do I want to give more access to my personal information to some movie website? Do I want more of my personal life stored, analyzed, bought, sold, handed to the National Security Agency, the CIA, the Mossad, Xe or McDonalds?
I don't think so.
When I travel over to the cinema, and I buy myself a ticket to watch a film, the theater doesn't get access to my entire life and my personal information. Why should it? It's none of their f*cking business.
Joe Giambrone is a filmmaker and author of Hell of a Deal: A Supernatural Satire. He edits The Political Film Blog, which has published articles by more than 60 fine writers. polfilmblog at gmail.
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