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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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    Richard (profile), 10 Jan 2011 @ 11:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "On top of that it leaves the cost of copyright enforcement - which - if you try to actually do it - will dwarf everything else."

    It doesn't seem to have brought the world of art down yet.


    Because it hasn't been enforced against ordinary people ... yet. However big media is trying very hard to ratchet up the enforcement - and to make the rest of us pay for it.
    Copyright is a tax on copying to pay the upfront costs of the content - unfortunately as the cost of copying has come down so the tax rate required has gone beyond what the public will think fair.

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