Everyone has heard these phrases: social networking and online community.
But what do they really mean? What compels people to use the Internet to socialize? How do “strangers” come to trust each other simply by posting messages back and forth online? And how might music be a natural binding agent for them?
Good questions, all. wtf: an okaymentary neatly answers each of them. And then some.
This film tells the story of how one online community – the users of okayplayer.com – has overcome the nebulous nature of the Internet to build a network of meaningful relationships based on their common passion for music. The universal language has inspired fans of hip hop artists like The Roots, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Erykah Badu to get online and speak with each other. By sharing their words day after day, week after week, year after year, the users of okayplayer.com have formed a virtual and very real family. wtf: an okaymentary is the portrait of that family.