There either is a viable market for 16mm printing or there isn't and I’m speaking both of economic and cultural markets. If there is economic market demand, an entrepreneur will step in to fill the need.
Artistically cherished media without economic viability but with sufficient cultural demand may be supported by public and private institutions who step in and fill the gap between the two markets. But there’s plenty of competition for that support, and survival is often based on making the most compelling case. There’s increasing political pressure to take public money out of the equation, which will make the competition for private subsidies that much more fierce.
I first read Tacita Dean’s article with a sense that she felt entitled to have this service provided to her, but on re-reading I see that it is a heartfelt plea, and it is now up to supply and demand in the cultural preservation marketplace.
(I used to shoot 35mm 3D stills using a Stereo Realist camera, and have them processed and printed (irregular size prints for 35mm) through the local drugstore until they stopped doing it, then at the local camera store/lab, until they stopped doing it (and then they went out of business). I don’t have my own darkroom, so I’ve stopped doing that particular hobby.)
Gary pointed me to this article about Amazon.com offering streaming to Amazon Prime members (hey, that's me!), and wondering who will win this war. My answer (cc: you) is:
Ease of use, integration, and completeness will prevail. Price points (currently) favor Amazon: $80 vs $120 annually, but with slightly different benefits: with Amazon it also gets you free shipping of stuff you order, and with Netflix, it also gets you the ability to have a DVD sent to you (though the $120/yr is the "one-at-a-time" plan).
But, like I said in a previous post, I'm already expecting the future already, and whichever service offers the most abundant tail of titles, delivered as directly to my TV as possible, easily searchable and browsable with my remote or iPad, will win.
Netflix is almost there with its ability to stream through my Apple TV, though they don't yet have the AirPlay integration via my iPad like YouTube does. That means I can search for Netflix movies on my iPad, but I can't start them playing on my TV via Apple TV once I've found them. I still have to use the remote to pick and enter a character at a time to do a search. With the next point release of iOS, iPad+AirPlay+Netflix should be possible.
I'll play around with Amazon streaming, but at this point, I'm not going to hook my laptop up to my TV or buy yet another device if that's what I have to do, so we'll see if Apple and Amazon get together.
I haven't seen an actual standardized test recently, but watching IBM's Watson defeat the Jeopardy champions makes me wonder if schools and testing are currently geared toward Jeopardy-champion-style knowledge instead of the kind of knowledge and wisdom that is still beyond a Watson? As kids increasingly have external access to Watson-style knowledge, they should be taught more about meaning, connection, consequences, application of knowledge that may be harder to test en masse.
Whether I remember 5th grade algebra or trig is not as important as whether the process of learning it at the time strengthened my ability to learn abstract concepts in general. I know I can easily and quickly look up the law of sines, so I don't have to be tested on remembering it or not. What needs to be durable is understanding the concept and applicability of trigonometric relationships so I can be simultaneously surprised, delighted, and understanding when I see trigonometry applied to semantic spaces in search engine algorithms. I don't know how to test for that.
One of my favorite test questions was from my daughter's 3rd grade math workbook: "Harry had 36 oranges. He gave some to his uncle. How many did he have left?" It wasn't a multiple choice question; you had to provide an answer. How do you standardize on that?
"The front door to the office is like a Cuisinart - you walk in and your time gets all chopped up."
I listened to this TED Talk today on a walk around the block, and it really resonates. It's the sort of thing that if everyone listens to it, we'll all be on the same page when we need to discuss the problem and the solutions.
In a nutshell:
• If you can cancel a meeting, then do cancel a meeting.
• Adopt passive (or asynchronous) communications instead of active interruptive communications
• If Casual Friday is no longer a big deal, give No Talking Thursday a try.
Future Shock - too much change in too little time - is often characterized by realizing you're in a future you didn't anticipate. I think we've now lived through enough cycles of future shock that I'm noticing a slightly different phenomenon of future impatience. As the rate of innovation accelerates, it's not just impatience for the things that you know may be a decade off, but things that you know will, or should be, right around the corner, but just aren't there yet.. A case in point, then I'll get back to work, is this morning dropping off the NetFlix DVD at the post office. NetFlix shocked video rentals, DVD shocked VHS, VHS shocked the clock. But as I'm dropping off the DVD at the post office, I'm already impatient for having everything I want streaming on demand, whether through NetFlix, Amazon, Google, Apple, the next thing, etc. But Star Trek Voyager season 5 (for some reason!) is still only available on DVD. I know the future is just around the corner, but until then, so is the post office.
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