Re: The Politics of the Bootleg

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 11 2008 - 15:42:45 PDT

Yes, the exclusivity of things makes it more appealing. It's never any fun
to find out that you are only one of about 5,000,000 people who are interested
in something you thought was special. It kind of waters things down.
Part of the problem with this digital age is the ubiquitousness (sic?) of
everything. It takes a lot of the fun out of the chase.
I think the ultimate solution is just to enjoy works for their own sake and
not try to get anything tangible out of them--- money, ambition, legacy, or
In a message dated 6/11/2008 10:33:58 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

It also leads to the question (as does James' post below), why must we have
access to everything? To me, part of the appeal of watching film (probably a
hangover from comic and record collecting) is the slow amassing of
experience. There is always something to look forward to. Watching Out 1:
Noli m Tangere (a holy grail film for me) last summer was a experience not
of just the film, but of a communion with my 20-year old self who was
reading James Monaco's The New Wave. Much like a youthful reading about the
Velvet Underground in my small town library's Rolling Stone, much of my
interest in film was sparked by some fleeting descriptions in magazines or
books, and it has taken me quite a few years to get to see even a portion of
what I wanted to see


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