Ever since the scroll began to give way to the codex, or probably even before then, people have been freaking out about the way changes in technology will change/destroy genres. On yesterday's Radio West, Doug Fabrizio interviews film critic David Denby on the future of movies.
Denby makes some spot-on observations, along with freaking out about the demise of the theatrical experience of film:
1) Microbudget film directors need to trust their writers, and find good ones.
2) Film distribution centers on how many hugely marked up sodas and candy bars theatres can sell--which is why previews and commercials have gotten longer and longer, encouraging us to go out and buy snacks.
3) Studios can't afford to make good movies.
4) Les Miserables is a terrible, awful movie.
5) 7 to 10 year-old children control the film industry.
Part slippery slope thinking, part brilliant insight, Denby's new book and podcast are definitely worth checking out.