What does "hype-driven" means in this paragraph?

There have been a few examples of Internet criticism making an impact on American film culture. It’s aided the rise of South Korean cinema and mumblecore. In the case of Korean cinema, Filmbrain’s blog, among others, hosted interesting debates on the films of Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk, and Hong Sang-soo. Bloggers like Tom Vick seemed to respond to the snobbery implicit in Tony Rayns’s attack on Kim in Film Comment. In the case of mumblecore, the blogosphere’s attitude was more hype-driven; when the IFC Center launched its mumblecore series last year, every blog affiliated with indieWIRE united to promote it. The only criticisms heard about the films related to their all-white casts, not esthetics. I’m not sure what Korean film and mumblecore have in common, although the parallels between the latter and the blogosphere are obvious, but I think bloggers like making discoveries they can claim as their own.

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    It means driven more by hype than by substance. – Dan Bron Aug 28 '14 at 12:26
  • Dan has said it all. Hype-driven means ... "driven by hype!" – Fattie Aug 28 '14 at 13:16

I think hype-driven in this context refers to the fact that when talking about mumblecore movies, the atmosphere was more excited and talkative to contrast with the more serious discussion about the Korean cinema.


  • Excitement, talk.

Source: www.onlineslangdictionary.com

  • In OP's exact context, the fact that the tone of discussions about mumblecore is "excited and talkative" is effectively taken as a "given". What the cited extract says is that the collective blogosphere's attitude to mumblecore is driven/shaped by that hype. – FumbleFingers Aug 28 '14 at 13:35

Hype-driven is simply a joining of hype and driven. Something that is driven (caused to go forward) by hype (enthusiatic promoting of something).

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