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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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    Greevar (profile), 8 Jan 2011 @ 8:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Once again, you missed the point. The point is that they were paid to make those works, not selling copies. Did Michaelangelo get paid for copies of the Sistine Chapel? Did Da Vinci get paid for copies of his paintings? No. They were paid to make them, not for reproductions of the same work.

    A pipe dream is it? You must be aware that people are already doing it and it's working.

    www.intersellarmarines.com
    http://vodo.net/pioneerone
    http://www.musicthinktank.com/bl og/in-defense-of-1000-true-fans-part-vii-ellis-paul-300-fans-10.html
    http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/ 2010/05/piracy-again.html

    There you go. All successful examples of people that don't depend on copyright to support their business model and these are just the ones I know about. They're making their money by earning the loyalty of their fans. Pipe dream? Like hell it is.

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