Thursday, March 19, 2009

We Have Film

Technology is and almost has always been something that remains on the rise. When one new invention is made there's always someone working on the new and much better version of it, and people are always using their imagination to come up with things that seem like a far reach and making it come to reality. Films were just that, an idea of how to make entertainment and media to a new level. Newspapers and magazines were becoming so popular among the elite and so therefore the next question was what else can be developed. "The motion pictures were also a product of the convergence of innovation in entertainment and electrical technology and entered the marketplace by the same path as the phonograph. Edison approached motion pictures with the phonograph as a paradigm, seeing the two as companions. " I am experimenting upon an instrument that does for the eye what the phonograph does for the Ear, which the recording and reproduction of things in motion," he wrote in 1888" (299).

The Creation of the Media, Paul Starr 299


At 8:07 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quotation (but you should format it correctly by indenting.)

What does Starr mean when he writes that Edison based his development of film technology on the "paradigm" of the phonograph?

Starr is making an argument here about how previous media technologies structure and constrain the emergence new media, shaping their path of development. His invention of the phonograph inspired him to capture sight just as he had captured sound. In that sense innovation provides inspiration for further innovation.


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