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November 29, 2003

Do We Call Them "Movies" or "Videoclips"??

Dear Friedrich --

How do you feel about calling videoclips "movies"? Part of me thinks, Why the hell not? But part of me resents it. A movie's a movie, dammit: storyline, celluloid, actors, 90 minutes-ish long ... Some postage-stamp-sized, 30 second or two-minute-long thing? C'mon, that's no movie.

But whatever we call 'em, we're seeing ever more of them. And pretty soon, I suspect, the feature film will be just one way we might choose to spend time enjoying audiovisual time-based entertainments. Heck, what with TV, rock videos, and yoga-instruction DVD's, they already are.

In any case, I'm expecting to see many more websites like this one here: pages of short mini-movies, or videoclips, or whatever we finally decide to call them. Click on one, or maybe the other. Watch 'em as you see fit; put your viewing experience together to suit yourself.

Larger theory: thanks to digi-tech, movies are becoming disaggregated. Just as books are coming unpacked into chunks of reading, writing and looking, "movies" are dissolving into a hodgepodge sea of sound-and-image media.

By the way, the clips on the page I've linked to are definitely not safe for work, though in a sweetly Zalman King-ish kind of way.



posted by Michael at November 29, 2003


Always liked that Zalman King! Where "hardcore" is pragmatic and facilitative, "softcore", is delightfully aesthetic!

Posted by: Michael Serafin on November 30, 2003 1:32 PM

If Zalman King isn't an auteur, I don't know who is.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 30, 2003 3:35 PM

Red Shoe Diaries, ah. Trust David Duchovny to add class even to soft porn, hehe. I'd say King's work degenerates into the "pragmatic and facilitative" a little too often, for me, though.

Posted by: Fayez on November 30, 2003 3:56 PM

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