Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. iii-4

Copyright Page

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pp. iv-5

Dedication

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pp. v-6

Epigraph

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pp. vi-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

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1. On Demand

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pp. 1-30

There can be no doubt that the digitization of the moving image has radically and irrevocably altered the phenomenon we call the cinema, and that the characteristics of this transformation leave open an entirely new field of visual figuration. For those who live and work in the postfilmic...

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2. The Lost Age of Classicism

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pp. 31-70

On June 30, 2011, Chuck Viane, then president of Walt Disney Studios’ Motion Pictures Division, wrote an open letter to exhibitors, shortly before his retirement. The point of the letter was simple and direct: 35mm is becoming obsolete; adapt to digital, or face...

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3. Content Wars

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pp. 71-100

Streaming accelerates everything. It creates a voracious appetite for new content. How do you think those 100 YouTube channels get through the day, providing new programming for their millions of viewers? A look at the promo video on the YOMYOMF (You Offend...

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4. The Moving Platform

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pp. 101-128

As the web continues to expand, like the universe, into a maelstrom of almost inconceivable complexity, it’s important to remember that there is a life apart from virtual existence, a real world where we possess corporeal existence. We ignore this at our peril, and the risks of video game...

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5. Streaming the World

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pp. 129-167

As streaming technology progresses, the vast amount of information that each of us possesses will become more and more available to even the casual observer, who won’t even have to search for it. No search engines, using either keyboards or voice commands, will be necessary...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 169-170

First of all, I want to thank Gwendolyn Foster for suggesting that I write this volume, and Anne Dean Watkins for commissioning it. I also want to thank my colleagues Christopher Sharrett, Jon Kraszewski, Marco Abel, Susan Belasco, Michael Downey, Greg Ostroff, Laura White...

Works Cited

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pp. 171-182

Index

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pp. 183-192