The Culture Beat

November 22, 2007

I’ve been podcasted.

Filed under: General Pop Culture,Technology,Television,Uncategorized — Alex @ 11:07 am

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Last spring I wrote an article for Breakpoint on the NBC series, Heroes, specifically about the young Japanese time-and-space shifting comic book geek Hiro Nakamura as a type of the Christian learning to use his God-given gifts. Apparently someone read it and several weeks ago I got a call from folks at Family Life Today about being interviewed on the themes in the piece. One of their show hosts, Bob Lepine, was starting a new series of podcasts, called Ear Reverent, and I recently downloaded the finished program to iTunes. I was impressed by the quality of the show. It seems somewhat like Ken Myers wonderful Mars Hill Audio programs except with more emphasis on pop culture. The show host Bob Lepine obviously knows the entertainment landscape and is fun to talk with.

If you’ve never downloaded and listened to a podcast before, it’s an MP3 digital file you download user a player like iTunes or Winamp. Here is the Family Life podcast page with instructions for downloading iTunes and their regular podcastfare. Ear Reverent is so new there’s no website page for it yet. But, if you already have an MP3 player on your computer, try clicking on this link, and it should take your player right to their free subscription page. Be sure when you download it you open the program to see the several episodes now available. I’m new at downloading as well and had to experiment with the controls to make sure I had the episodes. My interview leads off Episode 3. Hope you like it. One funny thing about Bob’s introduction–he took 13 years off my age, and that feels good.

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May 21, 2007

Jonesborough, Tennessee: World conflict hotspot

Filed under: Faith Issues,Politics,Technology — Culture Beat @ 4:37 pm

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It doesn’t seem like quaint, quiet Jonesborough should be included on any list with names like Bosnia, Colombia, Iraq and Afghanistan, but Tennessee’s oldest town shares this much with those embattled places: A group known as the Christian Peacemaker Teams has worked in them all.

CPT was organized in the mid 1980s as in an effort to “reduce violence and protect human rights in the world’s conflict zones,” according to its Web site (www.cpt.org). It sends groups, or delegations, to attempt to help communication, sometimes literally stepping between warring parties. Started in 1984 by three Christian “peace churches” – the Church of the Brethren, the Mennonite Church and the Quakers – it now draws support and members from a wide array of Christian groups.

So why Jonesborough? The short answer is it’s the home of Aerojet Ordnance Tennessee, a self-described “industry leader in the design, development and production of specialty metal components for munitions, commercial products and sporting goods.”

The longer answer is found in one particular metal component: depleted uranium.

Depleted uranium, or DU, is what remains of natural uranium after it’s been processed for nuclear fuel or for use in nuclear weapons. DU is heavy and dense – 1.7 times denser than lead – and that makes it attractive to the military. Since the first Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. Army has used it to toughen tanks and add punch to artillery shells with DU “penetrators.”

Not surprisingly, being a toxic heavy metal and slightly radioactive, DU is controversial, enough for the UN to continue debating possible restrictions or bans.

Because DU can be absorbed through water and food supplies or inhaled after it has been “aerosolized” in combat, critics say it carries long-term health risks in civilians and soldiers. The evidence for that is sketchy but growing. Just this week, the American Chemical Society published a study linking DU with genetic damage and lung cancer.

CPT has sent a delegation of 16 volunteers to the area as part of a “Stop-DU” conference at East Tennessee State University and to camp out near the Aerojet facility until May 27 as a sign of nonviolent protest.

Cliff Kindy, a full-time volunteer from Indiana, is leading the CPT delegation. He’s traveled to hot spots around the world over the last decade, including three five-month visits to Iraq, one of them just before the 2003 American invasion.

“That’s where we learned about DU and its impact on Iraqi civilians and U.S. military personnel,” he said this week. “We were in hospitals where parents had been exposed to DU in the first Gulf War. Babies were born later with all kinds of birth defects. Hospitals had never run into it.”

The clinical jury is still out on whether DU causes such defects, but Kindy had no doubts. He came back and launched the Stop-DU campaign, and that’s when Aerojet got on his radar.

“We’re here to raise awareness,” he said. “DU has been basically covered up, like Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. People don’t know about it.”

Linda Cutler, a spokesperson for GenCorp, Aerojet’s parent company, responded. “I certainly appreciate their point of view; that’s their right,” she said. “We are not the policy makers here. We are working for the Department of Defense. We are committed to operating a safe and clean facility.”

While CPT finds common cause with other activists, Kindy, a member of the Brethren church, said the group works with a motivation different from most.

“For me, we put quite a focus on Jesus and his proclamation of the breaking in of the kingdom of God,” he said. “It’s the understanding that God created the earth and ‘it was good’ (quoting the book of Genesis).”

So, he reasoned, anything that harms the environment or humans in “such a horrible way as DU” is not part of that good creation.

“We have a responsibility to be part of a transformation,” he said. “It’s a questionable call to decide how that happens, but all traditions would point to that spirit of peace and justice as what God longs for, what God creates, what God develops through humanity. We don’t get there by doing the opposite or by refusing to participate now. We get there by reflecting what God is about.”

First published in the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press, 19 May 2007.
Image: DU penetrator shells, produced by Aerojet Ordnance Tennessee, from the company Web site.

May 27, 2006

What hath the Net wrought

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Politics,Technology — Culture Beat @ 12:32 am

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Interested in anti-terrorism intelligence? Interested in the fast-evolving role of the Internet? Interested in the story of a woman who is a kind of freelance spy? Interested, perhaps, in some intriguing and disturbing ideas about what motivates radical Islamist terrorists, including their religion? Then check out this piece, “Private Jihad,” in the May 29th issue of The New Yorker, by Benjamin Wallace-Wells.

The story profiles an Iraqi-born American named Rita Katz. (Her family is Jewish, which plays significantly into her story.) As the head of Search for International Terrorist Entities, or SITE Institute, she spends her days pouring over radical Islamist and known terrorist Web sites, feeding information to a variety of paying clients, including some branches of the U.S. government. Here’s a sample:

At the SITE office, Katz showed me some suicide-bombing videos from Iraq. They are often five or ten minutes long, overlaid with religious chanting. In one video, a middle-aged Iraqi doctor straps on a suicide vest. “In Israel, they always told you that the profile of a suicide bomber was someone young, without family, from the lowest economic level, but what we see here over and over is just the opposite,” Katz said.

We watched the last day in the life of Abu Mouwayia al-Shimali, a chubby, bespectacled Saudi. Shimali discusses a letter purportedly written by a female prisoner at Abu Ghraib named Fatima, describing nightly public rapes of female prisoners by American guards. The letter is apocryphal, but it has circulated widely online, and has become a rallying point for the Iraqi insurgency. Shimali does not sound unhinged or bloodthirsty; he sounds humble.

Shimali is shown waving as he walks to a car. Then he is in the driver’s seat, with a rifle in his lap, patting a clunky metal apparatus next to him. His smile is warm, and he is speaking in a measured tone. “He is saying, ‘This is my bomb,’ ” Katz translated. The car pulls up to a dusty checkpoint manned by American and Iraqi soldiers, and then explodes. SITE distributed the video two days after it was posted. As you watch, it feels not like an advertisement for homicide but like an advertisement for belief. Katz told me that even she, watching such videos, could imagine wanting to become a suicide bomber.

May 4, 2006

A Clarification

Filed under: Technology — Culture Beat @ 6:27 pm

Serves me right for not posting in a while. In his recent post, One Less Toy to Wish For, Alex quoted me as saying something to this effect:

most consumers won’t be that impressed with high definition images–they aren’t dramatically better than current DVD picture and, depending on how exacting you are in detecting the finer points of picture and sound, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

While Alex quoted me correctly, I’d like to clarify what I meant. By “aren’t dramatically better” I meant (or at least I think that I did) that the difference between HD-DVD (or Sony’s Blu-Ray) and “regular” (NTSC) DVD isn’t nearly as great as the difference between “crapvision” — as James Cameron called it — VHS and DVD. That’s not to say that there isn’t a clear visual difference, there is. But — and here’s what “finer points” may refer to — it becomes more pronounced the bigger your set is. For sets under a certain size — 5o inches, perhaps? — I wonder if people will think that it’s worth it.

In any case, it’s moot for me because I’m not diving in until the format war between Warner-Toshiba and Sony is settled. Besides, how many more versions of The Fifth Element can a man be expected to buy?

February 2, 2006

Can You Hear Me Now?

Filed under: Technology — Culture Beat @ 12:41 pm

In her latest piece for Boundless, Lauren Winner goes after, of all things, the cellphone.

I think it quite worrying that we have become a nation — and in my microcosm, a campus — full of cell phone users. If I were queen for day, I would ban the things, and I encourage you to think about shoving yours in a drawer, to be brought out only for emergency use during a hypothetical car breakdown on a cross-country drive.

What’s next, the iPod? Well, yes.

In what could be considered a companion piece to Winner’s, a Godspy piece by Christine Rosen, The Age of Egocasting, expresses similiar concerns about a nation of people wearing “white headphone[s]” nodding “at each other in solidarity, like members of a tribe or a secret society.”

Winner and Rosen are both troubled at how cell phones and iPods foster what Rosen calls “absent presence”: “paying little or no attention to the world immediately around them.” Winner writes about how all this emphasis on “connectivity” can yank “us out of the small corner of the world we happen to inhabit today.”

Winner and Rosen’s pieces reminded me of a satirical piece I wrote a few years ago. The piece, set in 2073, described a 250,000-member megachurch, the “National Capital Assembly and Happiness Center,” which had outgrown its Dodger Stadium-sized “worship space.” Instead of building bigger facilities, members were “assigned one Sunday each month in which they will be able to attend services in person.” On the other three Sundays, “the combination of the UltraNet and Extremely High Definition Video will allow members to be present in every sense but the physical.”

The joke wound up being on me: Japanese engineers have already tested a system with sixteen times the resolution today’s HDTV. At the demonstration of the technology

the visual effect of the footage travelling down a road was so realistic, some viewers even experienced nausea as a side effect of seeing ultra realistic motion, but not physically feeling the motion.

This was in 2003. “Present in every sense but the physical” will soon, along with Rosen’s “absent presence,” form the two sides of a coin that Winner might (rightly) call “gnostcism.” Living as if “our minds, our attention and our conversations should be focused on a person in another city, instead of on the person right next to us,” and regarding our physical surroundings as superfluous or irrelevant, is gnostic to the core. Instead of seeing ourselves as embodied creatures and living as if matter matters, we regard people as the sum of their thoughts and intentions. Forgive me one last technological reference: who we are is regarded as software and where we are, starting with our bodies, are merely hardware. The latter can be discarded or, increasingly, “upgraded” with no moral and spiritual repercusions because it’s ultimately irrelevant to who we are.

To put it succintly: Christianity begs to differ. For Christians, matter matters. Our physical surroundings, not to mention our bodies, figure prominently in the story of our redemption. Thus, anything that tempts us to disregard on denigrate them must be viewed with, at a minimum, healthy suspicion, especially if that temptation comes in all sorts of fun colors.

December 30, 2005

The Year in Review

Filed under: Books,General Pop Culture,Movies,Technology,Uncategorized — Alex @ 3:38 pm

Everywhere you look in the media this week you see the annual best and/or worst of the year lists, often set at 10 or some arbitrary number. The following is my off-the-top-of-my-head list of events and trends that seemed significant and the list lasts until I run out of items. Take it for what it is.

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Year of the Penguin

What is it about those monochromatic flightless birds that fascinates and amuses us so? March of the Penguins was the highest grossing documentary of the year; its story of stalwart avian couples enduring the worst conditions on earth to migrate across the South Pole to lay their eggs and hatch them inspired social conservatives to praise their exemplary parenting. And the kids CGI animated hit Madagascar spawned breakout stars with its four-penguin special ops team dedicated to breaking out of the Central Park Zoo and reaching that same south pole until they find out it’s not what they expected. The quartet won the chance to appear in their own Christmas-themed theatrical short The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper that preceded the release of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and appears on a supplementary companion disc that can sometimes be found bundled with the Madagascar DVD.

I must add that, in this case, a team of GCI-animated comedic penguins appeared well before mainstream Hollywood’s version. Big Idea, the folks behind VeggieTales has for years had an character-building video adventure series 3-2-1 Penguins!. If you can’t get enough of funny penguins, check ’em out.
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Whither Hollywood?

Countless stories, including this one about the slump in Hollywood’s earnings this year point to the impending arrival of a whole new equation of the entertainment business via digital technology. Now that you can download television episodes to your iPod, the momentum toward video-on-demand will be greater than ever–the attitude of “we won’t wait till you broadcast the show–we want it when we want it” will increase the shift to consumer-contolled content. This long-predicted convergence of all media into digital form to be viewed or read on any type of screen will change the meanings of words such as “film” or “television.”

Also on the near horizon is the conversion of movie theaters to digital projection–which is supposed to benefit not the audience, who probably won’t be able to tell the difference, so much as protect the studios from piracy, assuming some kid doesn’t hack into the encryption code used to send the digitized films to theaters. In these and other shifting areas of entertainment technology, no one is sure what the new landscape will look like or who will wind up on top–Studios in media monoliths like Time Warner or Google or some new entity combining new and old media.

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Batman Begins at Last
In spite of the general slump in film revenues, Warner Bros had their best year, thanks in part to Phillip Nolan’s re-invention of a franchise property thought worn out. By sticking to the original mythos and bringing it to a more realistic level, Batman soared again validating the comics fans who always knew the character didn’t need gaudy productions or stuntcasting to succeed. This resurgence is part of a the new wave of superhero films that avoid cutely ironic takes and campiness in favor of straight depictions that allow the characters’ original appeal to be their cinematic superpower.

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A break in the culture wars long enough to help the poor?

Time magazine choose U2’s Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates as persons of the year for their work in raising awareness and funds for the elimination of extreme poverty and the elimination of Third World preventable diseases. This is a hopeful sign that people of good will who strongly differ in political ideologies can find common cause in showing mercy on a grand scale. Bono in particular has become a bridge between left and right, using his charisma, persuasion and deep knowledge of the facts of the problem to enlist liberals, conservatives and world leaders on the same side of the ONE campaign against extreme poverty. His faith that a diverse coalition of the willing can make a big difference is a refreshing indication that some things are bigger than politics.

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Harry, Chapter 6
Those who have fallen under the spell of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter tales lined up again this July to purchase the latest volume in the saga of the boy wizard , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. What began as a story for young readers has grown still further in its vast readership as adults realized how well-written the books are and how universal are their themes. (Rowling has announced she will begin writing the seventh and last book in 2006 which means it could very well appear in 2007)

Despite the controversy in some Christian circles, the story the seven books are telling has captured the imagination of readers like nothing in modern publishing history and like it or not, this is the Big Story of our generation. It is also, arguably, a profoundly Christian one, according to John Granger.

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Christian inroads to Hollywood?
Now that big box office of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has launched The Chronicles of Narnia as a film franchise, it would seem that Hollywood can no longer deny there’s gold in them thar church folk. The Passion of the Christ was the wake-up call and the new film is the confirmation. But how do you strategize stroking the Christian market as part of your business plan? Does a studio executive now take this audience into account in what is or isn’t green-lighted for production? Will it affect the content of certain films so as not to affront that potential audience? Will they begin looking for their own Christian-friendly scripts? Where do you look for them?

That’s where the rising movement of Christians aiming to work in the entertainment industry may meet its first test. Rather than forming a seperate faith-based film colony out of the mainstream, these are men and women who want to work alongside other professionals to tell stories shaped by their Christian worldview. A new book, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture, articulates this philosophy and invites others to join them. Arising out of the work of Act One, a program for training Christians to write screenplays for the big league studios, it’s a manifesto for those called to be salt and light and professional in Hollywood. Another reason for hope that certain things about our culture are going to get a little better in 2006

December 25, 2005

Turning Japanese?

Filed under: Politics,Science,Technology — Culture Beat @ 10:37 am

The lede from a story in the Christmas Eve — talk about irony! — New York Times (hat tip: Ross Douhat via Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish) said it all:

Japan’s population declined this year for the first time since the country began keeping demographic records in 1899, according to preliminary figures released by the government this week.

Given Japan’s notoriously low birthrate, 1.29 births per woman, its population is expected to both drop and grow older: from 128 million today to half of that in 2100 and people over 65 are expected to be 30 percent of the population within 20 years.

Make that “was expected.” “The decrease, which specialists say signals the start of an era of shrinking population, occurred two years earlier than had been expected.” That suggests that the problem, which threatens not only Japan’s economy but, at the least, its sense of identity and, at the most, its very existence, may be worst than predicted.

What we know for certain is that, in Times-speak “government policies [appear] to be ineffective in raising the birthrate . . .” You think? I’ve written about this many times and, at the risk of repeating myself, low fertility rates resist governmental incentives like the ones Japan has employed because the reason for low birth rates isn’t, as the Times believes, “a pervasive pessimism about the future,” at least not primarily.

When the Times notes that “in the past decade, Japanese companies have relied increasingly on contract workers instead of hiring costly staff employees,” it neglects to mention that Japan’s birthrate began to fall long before that: during the height of “Japan, Inc.” with its promise of lifetime employment.

While economics plays a role in falling birthrates, (it could hardly do otherwise) that role is hard to pin down: hard times seem to lead to falling birthrates, e.g., smaller American families during the Great Depression. Likewise, prosperity nearly always produces lower birthrates, e.g., everywhere.

If something — let’s call it “E” for economics — produces both a thing and its opposite, then it’s reasonable to suspect that the best explanation lies, if not elsewhere, then in that “something” plus something else: in this case, E plus “C,” as in culture. Falling birthrates are shaped by our attitudes, beliefs, and priorities. Are children ends or means? Are they why we work or an obstacle to be overcome as we build our careers? Do women feel that childbearing will be held against them at work? Do men contribute more than sperm and a portion of their income to the care and nuture of their children?

Given the sui generis quality of Japanese culture, it’s best not to draw any broader conclusions from their predicament save one: not only are cultural attitudes unresponsive to economic incentives, once they’ve taken hold, they are tough, if not impossible, to reverse. That’s why once birthrates begin to drop they tend to zoom past “replacement level,” 2.1 births per woman, straight to the national suicide levels we see in Japan, Korea and Western Europe. People don’t think “while having four kids is bad, having two is good.” They view having kids, regardless of the number, as problematic on both a personal and public level.

This is what we call anti-natalism, which is why I’m pessimistic about Japan’s future, albeit for very different reasons than the Times.

December 13, 2005

Show Biz Bits

An occasional collection of items from mass media news.

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That’s the Ticket!

Here’s an idea: rather than pay the same movie ticket price for an small independent film as you do for a blockbuster, why not pay based on the likely demand? Ticket prices would be set based on cost of production and the anticipated demand for the product, like any other commodity. That’s the idea in this article by James N. Markels at the liberal America’s Future Foundation site, Brainwash. I’m sure Edward J. Epstein or some other smart student of Hollywood’s finances might be able to explain the pros and cons of such an idea, but Markels seems to be onto something.

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My, How You’ve Shrunk!

Amid fears that the movie box office has shrunk this year comes this fascinating analysis demonstrating that audiences for all media are shrinking. Writing in the Lincoln, Nebraska, Journal Star, l. Kent Wolgamott reports that, “the mass audience in the United States is splintering and dividing into ever more specialized and personalized niches.” This doesn’t bode well for the uniting effect of a common culture.

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The Church of iPod Choice

Speaking of niches, this article from Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In magazine, discusses the possibility that the technology of downloadable choices feeds the mentality that we can avoid the committment to the whole “album,” i.e., orthodox faith, and just pick and choose the doctrines we like. This text version of the piece is thought-provoking– does technology shape the way we think about the content of our faith?

October 30, 2005

Life Without Media

Filed under: Technology,Uncategorized — Alex @ 6:23 pm

Life Without Media

I haven’t posted for a week. We had just moved into a condominium in the West Palm Beach area and two days later were putting up our storm shutters as Wilma approached from the Gulf Coast. By Monday morning a powerful hurricane had knocked out our power leaving down trees and minor structural damage to our community. The only media was AM and FM radio, mostly devoted to helpful hosts passing along vital information about where to find ice and gas, the extent of damage to south Floridas infrastructure, and the progress of power restoration.
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Our new neighbors gladly let us use their generators to keep our refrigerator cold, not accepting any cash for using their gasoline. One gave us the use of their small battery-operated black and white TV but it was mostly regular programming and not what we needed to cope with the aftermath–and it used far more battery power than radio. I needed to know about water purity more than I needed to watch the week’s episode of Lost (and besides I can download it from iTunes when it becomes available.)

In the evening, the three of us, my wife, and 11-year old son would wind up on our bed– the whole moving/hurricane business was exhausting. My son would complain about not having the power to play his video games. When our neighbor offered us the use of his generator to keep our refrigerator cold, Benjamin asked, “Will it run a DVD player?” We missed our media of course but since it couldn’t be helped, we managed better than he did.

One night, on the bed, by the light of our camp lantern, I told Ben the story of how I met his mother, and how we saw the clear hand of Providence in it. I’d never thought to mention it before, but in the dark night, with only the sounds of sirens and generators in the distance, it seemed like a good idea to pass along a piece of our family’s story he might find useful later on.

The next night I did something I rarely do–laid in bed and read a book–no television or movies to compete with reading this time. The book by the way is Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, a Phillip Marlowe mystery classic I had bought and lost track of until the move uncovered it. It’s incredibly entertaining.

By Friday we decided that the predictions of no power restoration until sometime in November required us to buy a generator of our own. We found one at Home Depot and someone graciously offered us a can of gas that we picked up that afternoon. We went home after picking up a pizza, planning to rev up the generator for the first time after supper. Sure enough, right before we sat down to eat, the lights came on. Power restored.

Now that “normal” life has resumed, we’re naturally grateful for safely cold food and clean water, and e-mail, which I’m still catching up with. And blogging–but it was a good reminder that I have neighbors who live next door, and friends in town willing to help with immediate basic needs, and informative folks on the radio who had fewer chances to shower than I did but were there to pass along needed updates. Keeping up with electronic media takes time–from family, neighbors and friends in the community. In our new home I want to experience more of that time with unmediated relationships. But we’ll probably talk alot about movies and television.

September 26, 2005

Changing the Whole Equation of the Motion Picture Biz

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How would you like your new release—in a theater, on television, or via DVD? The buzz in Hollywood for months has been the ongoing funk of lower box office earnings and what this bodes for Hollywood studios. The changing landscape of theatrical filmmaking has some wondering how long the release patterns of feature films, traditionally released first in theaters and then, months later on home video, will continue.

With far more profit being made on DVD sales, Disney head Robert Iger remarked
this past summer that the “window” of time between a film’s theatrical run and its DVD release should could shrink dramatically. This brought a scathing reply
from the head of the National Association of Theater Owners that such a change would kill the theater business as the audience could easily opt to wait a few weeks for the cheaper video release.

And independent filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) has plans
to make six films shot on high definition video with each film to be released simultaneously in theaters, on the high definition movie channel HDNet and on DVD, letting consumers make the choice of which “channel” they wish to view the film. The first film in the deal will be Bubble, to be released this January. Soderbergh says the new deal reflects a changing market and audience:

“This is my response to certain trends in the entertainment industry,” says Soderbergh, who believes that the good old days of watching 35mm movies in theaters, where they play for weeks at a time “are gone. I wish it weren’t so. Everything changes and evolves and we’ve got to get with it, embrace it and find a way to make it work. The movies are not the way they used to be when I grew up. It’s 30 years later!”

Soderbergh is even talking of selling DVDs in the theater lobby raising the scenario of buying the film you just saw in a theater on the way to your car. Will audiences go for it and will, if the practice takes hold, this create more choices for movie consumers? Or, what if the audience opts to buy the DVD outright in stores or through pay per view that allows the film to be purchased for download to one’s Personal Digital Recorder, such as those made by Tivo or Replay? Will this lead to be the ultimate triumph of television? The ascendancy that began in the 1950s when the audience stayed home to create the Baby Boom and watch the small gray flickering tube caused the demise of thousands of theaters. With the growing sales of HD-ready big screen televisions gradually lessening the difference between viewing in a dark theater and in your living room, will the disappearing window between theatrical and home screening shut and foreclose the experience of theatrical filmgoing forever? Stay tuned, gentle viewer.

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