Database economy and transnational cinema
Cubitt, Sean (2009) Database economy and transnational cinema. Studies In Australasian Cinema, 3, (2), 155-166. (doi:10.1386/sac.3.2.155/1).
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Digital or electronic cinemas are dependent on a global regime of standards covering such features as aspect ratios, colour gamuts, screen resolution, and compression-decompression algorithms. These standards are worked out by a variety of intersecting organisations representing a variety of interests. This paper argues that such standardisation is isomorphic with the convergence of biopolitical and commodity forms in an emergent political economy that can be described as a database economy. This infrastructure of standards and ordering principles constitutes an actually existing transnational public sphere. The paper discusses the possibilities for developing an alter-globalising pubic sphere in digital cinemas, testing three possible avenues: cinemas of the silent majority, new modes of distribution, and content-driven approaches. It concludes by asking whether vanguard practices of building new forms of cinema apparatus may be essential to the construction of alter-globalising transnational cinemas.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1386/sac.3.2.155/1|
|Keywords:||digital, transnational, cinema, technology, alter-globalization, public sphere|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
|Date Deposited:||05 Apr 2011 08:28|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 13:35|
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