I think we (and particularly under 30-ers) have become a profoundly
ahistorical (or anti-historical), largely post-literate society. We've
become a society in which wholes have given way to segments, in which
meaningful public discourse is largely dead. I think it ain't gonna get
any better in the future. A week ago, two young women wandered into the
media center to do some post-semester recreational viewing. I did my best
viewer's advisory bit...tried to find out which genres, styles, themes
they liked. Then I recommended a couple of screwball comedies and a
couple of 40s melodramas ("nah...they're in black and white). OK, a
couple of seventies films ("Nah. Too old") Getting more and more miffed,
I asked them what the DID what: "anything with Adam Sander in it."
To paraphrase Gertrude S: Ils sont tous une génération perdue -- they're
all a lost generation...or at least a generation with tastes and
priorities that have fairly little to do with the generations that came
before (and even less understanding those generations)
Doesn't really matter if online and copyright allow Chaplin to be
downloaded into every household in the world. We've become a culture
that burns cultural and historical bridges while we're still standing on
> On 6/15/07 9:07 AM "Dennis Doros" <email@example.com> sent this out:
>>> Young people live online. I have two online-focused children, so I
>>> Whoever owns the Chaplin playlist needs to get it on iTunes! :-)
>>> Only thing I would say is that eventually nobody will care about 100
>>> year-old stuff. Great at the time, but now?> >
>> James and Jessica can write what they want about the future (they're
>> better qualified than I am) as I already made my point. But is this
>> what YOU believe or what you think your public believes? I take this
>> personally because the second half attacks my whole life's choice in
>> profession and what I believe in.
> It's what I think the public believes. I've already been thrown out of the
> media business after 25 years or so of advocacy. :(
> There's plenty of Chaplin material out there on the "internets", and I do
> watch it from time to time. I would most gladly pay some entity like
> (or other online distributor) for the access and retention if it was
> available. I hear Apple is talking about providing online "rentals" which
> could be incredible for accessing the older product.
> My only point (that I unsuccessfully made obviously) is that the young
> people need to have online access to the older stuff. What would be wrong
> with that?
> Thanks for writing
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