December 19, 2009

House Lights: Be it resolved

Yes, I know, but it deserves a response: What sorts of New Year's resolutions are you making?

Your Projectionist is summoning up the courage to make one in particular — pulling the cord on DVDs and CDs (and saying a firm and final "no" to Blu–ray) for the most obvious of reasons: they are needless in an age of files, streaming videos and torrents.

But wait! Scott Thill of AlterNet has more:

From the plastic, and therefore oil, it takes to make their cases to the reams of paper, and therefore trees and water, it takes to make their press and product packaging, CDs and DVDs are the easiest fat to axe. Which is why in the last decade CD sales have dropped precipitously, as online sales have caught up. Might as well seal the deal by never buying another disc again…

It's part of Mr. Thill's longer piece on dealing with a system that screws people without mercy. Please read it if you haven't done so already.

Getting Bollywood (one of your Projectionist's confessed addictions) to finally acknowledge this will be hard. To their credit, SCI's T–Series and RPG's Saregama have brought some of their recent soundtrack and albums to and Apple's iTunes store and allowed them to become paid downloads. It's time for the films themselves to follow suit. (Preferably without the running time being shaved.)

Of course, they could go even further and abandon celluloid altogether (it's another petroleum by–product, by the way) in favor of going 100% digital and embracing the torrent. It worked for the Finnish company Energia, which built up its digital movie making skills and made them pay off with Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. (And why not embrace Creative Commons as well? It's working a miracle for Nina Paley.)

Not doing so would break a lot of hearts all over the world, so why not make the resolution?

Besides, if he is given the chance (and even a small network for support), your Projectionist could make a nice marsala movie this way, and show you that it can be done.

How about one big responsible action that scores one for Mother Earth?

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