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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    chris (profile), 10 Jan 2011 @ 7:06am

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    But our culture values original artwork less and less.

    our culture is evolving past broadcast media (TV, radio, film, etc.) where consumers passively observe mostly original works.

    what our culture is moving toward is a more participatory medium where people are doing things with the media they see and hear.

    look at how internet memes are born and spread. this is an example of how the creation process, rather than the finished work, is the emphasis. the end result isn't "my original comic is great", instead it's "hey guys i made a rage comic about us!" or "since we're all talking about this event, here's a comic!" and it's funny, not because it's a good comic, or because it's original, but because it is meaningful to a group of people.

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