With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.
34 years later and this is STILL relevant
RIP to both of these great men.
This quote from Frank Rose’s The Art of Immersion got me thinking about the Comcast/Netflix deal:
At the “movie colony” in Hollywood, contract writers, directors, and actors labored to create films that would lure people to the theater chains. The glamour of Hollywood was manufactured along with the films. But much of the profit came from the theater chains, which were in business to rent seats by the hour. The entire motion picture industry was essentially a real estate operation, with mass-produced entertainment the come-on.
Netflix is now paying Comcast to deliver films at a higher speed. This, after it become public knowledge that Netflix performance on Comcast had been getting worse for months. That’s okay, the internet has been getting (relatively) worse for years in the United States: we have slipped from 8th to 9th in overall speed. No wonder Netflix is having trouble delivering high definition content.
As these internet service providers continue to merge, it’s clear that internet pipes will be the new real estate. The only thing that can prevent this is Net Neutrality. It makes sure that there is no beach-front property; it’s all priced the same throughout.
Net Neutrality makes making money on occupations that rely on speculation and hoarding much more difficult. You can see why people would be against it. Net neutrality is only good for the people who actually make stuff, people like filmmakers and engineers.
Withnail & I (1987)
Have you been stricken by Hunger Games fever? If you’re into audio, you’ll love watching (and listening to) director Gary Ross and his sound team discuss their approach to creating the soundscapes for this highly anticipated film adaptation.