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Occupy Your Couch: Films for the 99 Percent

July 6th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/06/occupy-your-couch-films-for-the-99-percent/

The new world of Netflix and streaming video has a remarkable potential for liberation from the whole Hollywood phenomenon, by briefly embracing it.
One thing I learned many years ago was the way an addictive Hollywood syndrome destabilized plain sanity by making the thirst for ‘narrative’ and its subtle conditioning a kind of compulsion. And the supply and demand ratio was poor indeed.
I simply stopped going to movies and didn’t watch any for almost twenty years, with almost no exceptions.
But now with technologies such as netflix you can most ironically reenter the game with the tables turned against Hollywood by embracing its from-one-perspective ‘benign’ aspect as the ‘teller of tales’ for a video age.
You can escape the ‘surplus value’ extraction with a bargain deal in the whole library of the history of Hollywood, good, bad, the whole shebang, using the fast forward to survey movies wholesale. And that is actually a not bad piece of couch-potato ‘research’ Suddenly the unconscious nexus, the near species-level brain circuits programmed for ‘stories’ and the mechanism of stories stands out as an evolutionary something or druther, once catered to by the bards of yore.

If moves be the (schlock) food of (story-hungry brains, tune in, til the appetite sates and dies, return of puke factor. It seems that apes high and low will sit rapt before a video monitor. All too human. And Hollywood wholesale with the fast-forward button is, well, suddenly an interesting history.

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