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April 03 2011

What has Dr. Horrible done for you, lately? Liz Shannon Miller of Gigaom ponders what "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" has done for new media or web-based content.

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to take away from that, precisely. If it's the mild indictment it seems to be, and the title suggests, perhaps my riposte goes something like a bastardization loan from Joss' Equality Now speech: Why aren't you asking a hundred other guys why they don't [write and produce Internet films and series]?

So if it was just a lark, that's fine, too. But it's there for posterity for others to draw inspiration from, as his work has always done.
My own take away was that there's a distinction between Dr. Horrible as a gateway (both for people to discover web series, and for creators to think about them) and Dr. Horrible as a model.

As a model it pretty much isn't one, dependent as it was upon calling in favors, deferred payments, and access to small bits of the Hollywood machine. But even Joss admits that.

As a gateway, however, a lot of people did go from watching Dr. Horrible to watching The Guild and then on to watching many other web series not necessarily associated with anyone with a "name".
What happened to that Enver web series?
The last entry at the Previously on Point Dume Facebook page was March 20, 2010:

They created an event noting the web series was launching on March 22, and then, the rest was silence. Too bad. I thought it was very funny.

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