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Media, Information and Technoculture 2000F/G Lecture Notes - Tim Hortons, Watching Movies, Kinetoscope

Media, Information and Technoculture
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MIT 2000F/G
Daniel Robinson

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Film History
November 1, 2011
-Slide 2
-Kinetoscope involved 15 seconds of viewing time
-Slide 3
-Other kinetoscope parlors started opening up in New York, Chicago, Toronto
-Inventors provided sole source of film for these kinetoscope; started editing in worlds
first film studio
-They shot footage about things relating to movement (acrobats, dancers, etc.) Not
-Replaced in 1900 because of projector
-Slide 4
-Can share experience of watching movies with projector
-First commercial showing in Paris in 1895. First instance where people sit down
together and watch a movie in a shared, collective experience
-Dickson invented Biograph Projecter in 1896
-By late 1890’s there’s a strong advancement in terms of being able to watch films.
-Slide 5: Showings: Phase One, 1895-1905
-No new media ever comes entirely invented on its own terms
-Vaudeville shows common in 1890’s. It became a show; performer doing a juggling act
followed by 10 minutes of film or something. It wasn’t as attractive as a live performer.
-Penny Arcades; started showing films, they would partition off indoor spaces and show
films as part of the arcade experience. This is important because you have to think
about the cultural respectability that existed with vaudeville and film at this time
-Film wasn’t high culture at this time
-Traveling shows came and showed movies
-Three ways you saw movies (short ones) til 1905: vaudeville, penny arcades, traveling
-Usually not telling a story, just showing something doing something.
-Slide 6: Nickolodeon Era (1905-1918)
-Stand alone movie cinemas come about. Permanent, set up exclusively for film viewing.
-Which new media advanced slowly and which ones advanced fast? Commercial film
spread quickly.
-People were viewers, not users. No expertise was involved in viewing a film.
-Communal experience. Way to socially engage with people.
-Get long story in short period of time. Way to initiate people into a broader
-18 000 nickolodeons by 1914 in US
-For the masses; anyone can experience film.
-Length of film went from 1 or 2 minutes to 15 minutes.
-In the 1920’s “feature films” were an hour long.
-Slide 7: Nickelodeon: Audience Growth
-Urbanization; lends itself very well to cinema experience. By 1920 50% of Canada was
-Industrialization; films were escapism from factory life. Public space open to women
just as much as men.
-Disposable Income; more money to spend on movies. The person in 1930 has double
the amount of income as someone in 1880.
-More leisure time; in 1890 people worked avg. of 60 hours a week. By 1930 that’s down
to 42 hours.
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