Is Technology Hurting Television and Movies?
I'm the kind of guy who watches re-runs. They are often at least as good as the newer productions. But there is a slight problem in a sense. The way in which they are made continually changes. Thus for the movies, film speed and the use of sound improved production, but doomed those older productions. Later, the introduction of color, while not quite dooming black-and-white, certainly did cramp its style.
Then, starting nearly 50 years ago, the computer exerted its effect. First there was the special effect. Not necessarily harmful, special effects can nevertheless be way overdone, severely hampering the quality of a production. But beyond that, the computer has undergone such rapid "evolution" that that very evolution has harmed TV and the movies in a different way.
Some shows have, as a kind of punch line, the computer is seen as the way the primary characters solve issues, resorting to its use to "save the day". Trouble is, in this age of super computers, the hero pulls out a clunky old, boringly slow, at that time state-of-the-art computer to save the day. Hardly exciting to today's viewers.
The almost too rapid turnover of technology continues to throw hurdles before the recording industry.
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