Event Title

Icons and Emoticons: Screen Wars

Streaming Media

Infographic

Description

The cinema is being upstaged by a device paradoxically meant (in part) to transmit it: the iPhone. How do films change, how is their impact altered, when viewed on these devices? What aspects of the movie screen (and subsequently our movie experience) are lost or threatened when they are displaced by this new technological format? This is not an abstract war: it is going on (in the dark) every time we attend a screening. My paper will explore what is at stake in our decision to illuminate our faces with a light other than the one shining from the movie screen and investigate what part of us (our brains, our souls) that is implicated in using the phone (our "contacts" we text during projections) rather than undergoing the film screen. I will also address how contemporary movies utilize the iPhones, how they advertise and promote them.

Location

STEW214AB

Start Date

9-24-2015 4:30 PM

DOI

10.5703/1288284315984

 
Sep 24th, 4:30 PM

Icons and Emoticons: Screen Wars

STEW214AB

The cinema is being upstaged by a device paradoxically meant (in part) to transmit it: the iPhone. How do films change, how is their impact altered, when viewed on these devices? What aspects of the movie screen (and subsequently our movie experience) are lost or threatened when they are displaced by this new technological format? This is not an abstract war: it is going on (in the dark) every time we attend a screening. My paper will explore what is at stake in our decision to illuminate our faces with a light other than the one shining from the movie screen and investigate what part of us (our brains, our souls) that is implicated in using the phone (our "contacts" we text during projections) rather than undergoing the film screen. I will also address how contemporary movies utilize the iPhones, how they advertise and promote them.