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by Nina Paley


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Mimi & Eunice: Ye Olde Technologie Killing Culture, Scribes

from the the-more-things-change,-the-more-they-stay-the-same dept

Ye Olde Technology

Last month a well meaning friend in San Francisco wrote to me:

Netflix hurts and an idiot student told me last spring,"Why pay too see Sita at the Red Vic when I can watch it on the Internet
for free."  I tried to be polite in my answer...  I fear theInternet, Netflix, and other forms of amusement are killing what is left of independent theatres which means it will make things harder for artists to break even on productions.  We will end up with a culture based on cell phone images "edited" on toy computers. 

To which I replied,

Actually, the "idiot student" is right - there is no reason to go to the cinema for the "content." The reason to go to the cinema is for the EXPERIENCE, which can't be replicated by isolated watching at home. Netflix and the Internet aren't "killing" cinemas; clinging to exclusivity as a business model is. Cinemas should be emphasizing the irreplaceable experience they offer.

And I drew the above cartoon. (Sita Sings the Blues ended up pulling in a great audience at the Red Vic, too.)

The second one is based on the Stop Piracy in NYC proaganda campaign. Maybe they'll sue me for stealing their idea!


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jan 2011 @ 5:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You be wrong, just the other day I was watching Hatsune Miku videos on Youtube a lot of them with millions of views.

    World is Mine Live in HD (1080p 1920 x 1080)

    It is a sensation, and people can use that art for free, there is nobody going after the fans to sue them and people even make music using that 3D model to sell to others.

    Also Bieber started on the internet his fame came about on Youtube he is a product of that system.

    Lady Gaga also has her roots on the internet are you denying that?

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