Tuesday, March 31, 2009


"Action was a big attraction in the early world of film. Audiences, men, women, and children maintained a steady stare of fascination at the changing figures on the scene. The basis of this fascination was the sensation of the moving picture. The movies began with the spectacle of images that caused a sensation and went on to tell a story. By 1912 , nickelodeon theaters were attracting large audiences in the cities and towns of America. Young people especially flocked to see this new sensation of moving pictures. This attraction of impressionable minds to the sometimes racy shadows on the wall concerned middle class moralist and social critics. By 1908, the first code of movie censorship was already in place to safe guard the public from dubious morality of this amusement."
The early motion pictures that were being shown at these nickelodeon theaters had an immediate impact on society. The idea of moving pictures was never heard of until now, and it swept the nation. The modern educators worried about the negative impact this could have on the upcoming generation. The youngsters were giving the movie industry their full blown attention, more than they did at school. Documentary reality captured by the "all comprehending camera" might expose the conflicts of American civilization as never before: "sensational images revealing harsh social realities." Early motion pictures had an immediate impact on society. I feel like these were the beginning stages of media unification in America. Everybody got to see the realities of the world together, and can than place their judgment on whats going on. Early films tapped into the imagination of people and finally gave them a realistic image of different situations in going on around the world.


At 12:42 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good discussion. Formatting comments: format you quotation as an indented quotation and always cite the source clearly.


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