Nicholas Carr and the Modern Media

Nicholas Carr asserts that people’s mind are strongly influenced by the technology that we use most regularly. He would state that the quick and simple use of the internet today has reformed our minds as a people. We clearly form different opinions about the entertainment we look for because technologies today.

The River’s musical scene is one of great culture. The focus in maintained upon one woman dancer and her band as they portray a ritualized dance. Rather than making countless statements or references to what is happening, the scene simply shows the ritual in all its parts as a display of culture. It is meant to entertain curiosity of foreign cultures, providing a look of something that western culture does not see or usually do themselves. Carr would argue that people had a higher appreciation for simple scenes that teach culture and real accounts of foreign ideas.

Slumdog Millionaire’s scene is a fast-paced montage. It is a fictional account that sets the two young kids as poverty stricken, and shows an entertaining scene where they ride trains and take food to fulfill what they otherwise don’t have. Although this also helps portray an indian culture, it does so in a way where western culture could enjoy the ride in each short burst of action. Carr would argue that this is because our mind’s as a people have been remapped so we prefer past-paced scenes to extended scenes of exposition. He would insist that people have more difficulty analyzing a scene of rituals to see the people, and that we would rather be fed quick clips as a summation.



One response to “Nicholas Carr and the Modern Media

  • Wes Anderson, Savior of Cultural Film « iambucho92

    […] I recently had the pleasure of watching The Darjeeling Limited, an independent treasure by director Wes Anderson. This particular filmmaker is widely recognized for his unique storytelling, as the Rushmore Academy has blogged about. These fans show clear distinctions in Anderson’s style of film making as his works almost denounce the modern use of heavy and fast-paced action by favoring a calm, visual playbook. The Darjeeling Limited quickly caught my eye, especially the story of three American brothers in India which quickly brought comparisons to my own analysis of The River and Slumdog Millionaire. […]

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