Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: This made me hate Instagram more than I already did. Yes, get off my lawn.
Quick synopsis: Documentary on the Fyre festival. It was supposed to be a concert on a Caribbean island which would last for days. It turned into a legitimate nightmare.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Oh, you are going to like all of this my non-history nerd friends. History lover or not, everyone loves a train wreck. This qualifies.
Fun Fact for History Nerds: We want to believe that we, as a society, have become smarter. That we can spot charlatans a mile away because of the infusion of knowledge into the world via the internet. NOPE!
My Take: Let’s get straight to the point. The villain in this mess is a guy who sold a massive amount of tickets to his event called the Fyre festival. People would fly down to an abandoned Caribbean island where there would be bands and events for days. Basically, take Lollapalooza, move it to the Caribbean, and make everyone live there.
There was one problem. None of it was actually set up. This is a story of someone who absolutely mastered marketing and especially how to use “influencers.”
The documentary doesn’t totally throw everyone under the bus. Ultimately, the real sin in the story was not knowing when to pull the plug and also proper planning. Don’t let that explanation fool you, though. There is a ton of craziness and this is well worth the watch.
Verdict: This is a must watch. (Disclosure: Never saw the Hulu documentary on the same topic so I can’t compare.)
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