Poor Dialogue Writing Stirs Techies Against Disney Sitcom

When tech writers want to dissect faulty sitcom dialogues, they do it with virtuosity. And although it is highly unlikely that the likes of Alex Williams and Simon Sharwood ever watch Disney’s Shake it Up willingly, a bit of poking fun at what should only be regarded as poor dialogue writing never hurt anyone. Or has it?

Disney Shake It Up screenshot.

“Did you use open source code to save time and the virus was hidden in it?” (Image: Disney Shake It Up screenshot.)

Described as “anti open source propaganda” by whoever uploaded the clip on YouTube, this “rookie” dialogue gave Techcrunch’s Alex Williams fuel for a rant. Probably a slow news day over at the world’s most reputed tech publication, or Williams’s passion for open source got in the way of ignoring this Shake It Up gaffe.

What will happen next is probably something Williams didn’t forsee: because of his little rant on a Sunday evening, Shake It Up’s audience for the episode in case will skyrocket. Suddenly, Disney’s open source PR gaffe doesn’t look so gloomy anymore. But let’s look beyond personal emotions.

Errors like this are common in sitcoms and movies, yet they don’t take too much away from the action. Only a small segment of the audience actually catches them, and as for “little kids and pre-teens” who understand what open source means, the cases are even rarer. By the time they grow up, they will eventually learn that computer viruses and trojan horses are mostly non-existent in open source code. Besides, how can Disney be against open source, when they recently released Open SubDiv and BRDF Explorer? It wouldn’t make too much sense, would it?

We leave you now with the short Shake It Up fragment that triggered Techcrunch fury against Disney – poor Mickey, is all we can say:

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