• Cultural Stagnation

    From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Dennisk on Sat Aug 15 00:56:30 2020
    Re: Re: Fourth Industrial Rev
    By: Dennisk to Andeddu on Thu Aug 13 2020 09:35 am

    may not even really care about. IT's already with us if you ask me. Intellectual, political and economic achievements of the 21st century pale in comparison to the
    19th. Our art is stagnating, as well as technological development. Our movies are mostly rehashes, remakes, or very derivative. Even our "pop culture" heavily
    reference the past. I see kids movies which still reference movies form the 60s. Although our technology is improving in some ways, the breakthroughs aren't like wha

    Part of the cause of cultural stagnation is that you have to go through a gatekeper to get creative works published. Publishers and movie makers happen to like formulas
    that work. If you send them something groundbreaking, or something they love but they can't classify, they are more likely to dump it than not. It was probably easier to
    get published by a magazine when half the population couldn't write and there were not many writer wannabes trying to get published. Nowadays an editor will run through
    close to a thousand submissions a month and only gets to publish 10.

    Not everything is bad though. There re lots of niche publications fot "less popular" things, but the way things are, they are not very profitable. You can make 12 cents
    per word writing Urban Fantasy that has been done to the death, or you can make half a cent per word soing something else.


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  • From Dennisk@VERT/EOTLBBS to Arelor on Sun Aug 16 08:11:00 2020
    Arelor wrote to Dennisk <=-

    Re: Re: Fourth Industrial Rev
    By: Dennisk to Andeddu on Thu Aug 13 2020 09:35 am

    may not even really care about. IT's already with us if you ask me.
    Intelle
    ctual, political and economic achievements of the 21st century pale in comparison to the
    19th. Our art is stagnating, as well as technological development. Our
    movi
    es are mostly rehashes, remakes, or very derivative. Even our "pop culture" heavily
    reference the past. I see kids movies which still reference movies form the
    6
    0s. Although our technology is improving in some ways, the
    breakthroughs aren't like wha

    Part of the cause of cultural stagnation is that you have to go through
    a gatekeper to get creative works published. Publishers and movie
    makers happen to like formulas that work. If you send them something groundbreaking, or something they love but they can't classify, they
    are more likely to dump it than not. It was probably easier to get published by a magazine when half the population couldn't write and
    there were not many writer wannabes trying to get published. Nowadays
    an editor will run through close to a thousand submissions a month and only gets to publish 10.

    Not everything is bad though. There re lots of niche publications fot "less popular" things, but the way things are, they are not very profitable. You can make 12 cents per word writing Urban Fantasy that
    has been done to the death, or you can make half a cent per word soing something else.

    Yes, that is a large part of it. The "entertainment industry" is risk averse (as are most people), and will stick with what is a tried and true phenomenon. The other part may be the audience, as the major entertainment companies now need to market not only to their own home country, or the English speaking world, or the West, but also to other non-Western nations. This has been given as a possible reason for why depth is missing from movies, because for many people not too familiar with English, or our culture, it would be too dense, too inpenetrable.

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