The atmosphere of the Internet is taking away from movies.
Think about Instagram. You’re scrolling and seeing and relating with funny captions. But there’s not a lot of storytelling going on, just a lot of world building. And scene construction. And atmosphere.
Atmosphere is what movies used to do really well. It’s a form of escapism. Look at how movies are set up. You go into a dark room and disappear, except for the blinking lights in front of you. It’s total immersion.
If movies are still operating that way (which for the most part they are), then we might not care as much because we’re getting that atmospheric experience in our Internet deep dives. You can easily google an exotic place, find a video about it, and you’re in.
The full-on atmosphere/lack of narrative on the Internet could be why we’re turning to TV.
I first heard this from Portlandia‘s Carrie Brownstein on her (now controversial) podcast episode with Bret Easton Ellis.
It makes sense to me. TV has gotten “good” at the time when we’re less invested in novels and other forms of storytelling, yet seem to be desperate for it. And it’s a lot more convenient than going to the movies.
What do you think?