One criticism of ABC's "Selfie" comes from Bloomberg Businessweek: "It's one whose plotlines couldn't have existed before the Web."
First of all, why is Businessweek weighing in on the plot of the show instead of the business practices of the company Eliza and Henry work for?
Second, the plot of David Fincher's Academy Award nominated The Social Network couldn't have existed before the Web, so there.
Calling out a show for not being able to exist without the Internet is kind of a cheap shot, considering the Internet in some ways is what has reinvented television. Hulu, Amazon Prime. This is where television is headed. Case in point: "Breaking Bad." It had mediocre ratings for the longest time, until it caught on on Netflix. And for ABC to try to make commentary on society's reliance on Web-based apps through a sitcom is actually quite remarkable---especially when the show does it so well.
It hardly seems fair to single out a show for having Web-based plotlines when---let's face it---the Internet is integrated into most of our lives rather seamlessly. People can't do their jobs without the Internet---and the same goes for characters on modern-day TV shows. Why single out "Selfie" when most police proceurals rely on intricate Google maps to zone in on areas and surveillance footage? In fact, plenty of other movies and television shows couldn't have existed before the Web. (Does Disney's "Dog with a Blog" mean nothing to Businessweek?)
If we're going to single out a show for being unable to exist without the Internet, then let's single out "Sons of Anarchy" for not being able to exist without motorcycles? The comparison is rather ridiculous.
Will the use of technology on "Selfie" feel stale and dated 10 years from now? Probably, as technology moves incredibly fast. But its storylines have heart, and should this show find a following---which I indeed hope it does, since it's one of the best new shows of this season---10 years from now they'll watch this series with the same nostalgia they felt when watching little time capsules like the film You've Got Mail. And guess what, Businessweek. This movie couldn't have exited without the Internet.