I’m just getting over this extended bed-ridden bout, so with a bit of left-over grogginess I’ll bat this out:
I suspect that much like other writers out there, but not necessarily all, you can say that my reason for writing is essentially out of compassion to help & inform others.
“Documentaries get to the heart of these matters. Words are effective, but video packs a knockout punch. It’s how we’re wired.”
Documentaries are no better able to get to the heart of matter than the printed word or even oral communication. If anything, & in short, documentaries are more superficial and fleeting as they are based on visuals, and visuals are easy. However, I don’t know if ease is one of the top qualities we should be cultivating in ourselves right about now. And to say that video packs a knockout punch and is how we’re wired? That sounds like an apologistic tract & a good reason to survive off of Big-Macs. No thanks.
If you find that you benefit from film, well, I can’t and won’t dispute that. But just the same, having quit making and watching films years ago, I now rely on the written word, & can’t say I’ve lost anything from the transition. If anything, my imagination gets more of an exercise from reading books & I now like that I no longer have to depend on the “expert” concoctions of other visual creators. I don’t claim they aren’t any good at what they do, but I don’t see them as being necessary, & nor do I see my life as lacking having lopped them out of it. Our culture is way too visual-based as is anyway.
I’m not sure what you mean by a “natural death” of film. Where’s the part that it goes away, & how? If I’m not mistaken, your “natural death” & my “waning, pathetic exit” are one & the same as they both attempt to hold on to something rather than just let it go.
A book is no less “THERE NOW” than a film, so I don’t see the distinction that you’re trying to make. A film is more visual, of course, & if you absolutely must have visuals & can’t do without them, by all means, go for it. Me, it’s the ideas that I’m after, & don’t see why I need visuals to convey ideas for me, & nor have I found any overriding benefit or need for them. (And I say that as a visual-based person.) I won’t argue that you may be watching informative material, but if you are, you’re one of the few. And as you are one of the few, to get rid of all film and television and the massive polluting industries behind it would have, I believe, a much greater net benefit due to the overwhelming amount of crud out there.
“What publisher or producer would offer up a story with the three endings you offer. It isn’t satisfying, it won’t sell, it needed editing. Sure depressive melancholics will identify…”
Sure, although that’s slightly cherry-picking there. Your worthwhile observation is also reason why I can dislike this blogging thing as it’s not too easy to give as thorough of an argument as I’d like to make, but must spit things out in bits and pieces. I’d say that a life without film & TV and its superficialities can be more rewarding, but I’m still a bit too under the weather to get into all that rhetoric.
Thanks for the quote. That goes along with something I heard the other day, & I’ll be keeping it in mind.
I actually haven’t popped on a pair of headphones for years nor personally put on a piece of music over that time either. RE had to cajole me into doing a podcast with him, which I eventually did do, & am glad I did. That being said, I’ve been listening to more & more audio material, reading more & more Internet material, & have become less & less able to read books. Whereas I could read dozens if not hundreds of pages in a sitting, I can generally now only get through a handful. It’s pathetic, & I find myself only able to skim and have less ability to “get to the heart of the matter.” In fact, I’ve just decided to cut back on this blog. That’ll be next post.