Friday, November 06, 2009
Are we nearing the end of moviegoing as a shared social experience and does it matter?
I took this photo this afternoon in front of Blockbusters store on West Washington. It's just one location, but the fact is, everything is gonna move to the internets. I'm no great fan of Blockbuster, but I'll miss video rental stores when they're gone. Movies will increasingly be delivered online (Blockbuster is scrambling to catch up with NetFlix in the emerging online market). One more step toward our withdrawing from even the minimal social contact found in theaters, and even to some extent, video stores. Instead, we'll retreat even further into our own homes, our individual cocoons, wrapped up ever more snugly in our own solipsism. Or so it seems sometimes. What's really bad is when you start to think, "So?"