Researching Macro Trends

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While I was preparing my presentation, “Seven Macro Trends,” I reached out to people I thought might have some ideas and/or examples I should weave into my presentation. This posts brings together the highlights of their responses to my query, “what do you think is the most significant macro trend in media and entertainment today?”

Cinema will eventually become a flexible means of writing

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In 1948 Alexandre Astruc, a filmmaker and theorist, suggested the notion of caméra-stylo (camera pen) in his essay, “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: La Caméra-Stylo,” which appears in the book, The French New Wave: Critical Landmarks (Edited by Ginette Vincendeau and Peter Graham, British Film Institute, 2009). This essay has become a classic among […]

Memory and the end of reality

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The transformation from media as a form of cultural production to media as entertainment has lead us into a crisis as we enter the fifth phase of history. Marshall McLuhan (1962, 2005) divided history in four phases: 1. culture of oral communication, 2. manuscript culture, 3. the Gutenberg galaxy, and 4. the electronic age. The […]