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Wheeler Winston Dickson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142173

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142173.001.0001

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The Lost Age of Classicism

The Lost Age of Classicism

(p.31) 2 The Lost Age of Classicism

Wheeler Winston Dixon

University Press of Kentucky

What about all the classic films that aren’t available as streaming video? In essence, they will cease to exist. Netflix is banking on the fact that most people have no real knowledge of film history, and so they’ll content themselves with streaming only the most recent and popular films. This is something akin to Amazon deciding to do away with physical books altogether, and offer everything only on Kindle. No doubt Amazon is thinking about this possibility, and would love to do it, but to do so would marginalize literally hundreds of thousands of books. After killing off all the brick and mortar stores for DVDs, CDs and books, Amazon and Netflix seem poised to do away with all vestiges of the real, and enter the digital only domain. What will be lost in the process is not only the physical reality of books and/or DVDs, coupled with the fact that many titles won’t make it to Kindle or streaming video, simply because they’re not popular enough. In short, we’ll have the “top ten” classics, and the rest of film history - many superb, remarkable films - will gather dust on the shelf.

Keywords:   Kindle, Amazon, Netflix, DVDs, Film history, Classic films

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