Database Economy and Transnational Cinema

Cubitt, Sean. 2009. Database Economy and Transnational Cinema. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(2), pp. 155-166. ISSN 1750-3175 [Article]

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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 organizations representing a variety of interests. This article argues that such standardization 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 article discusses the possibilities for developing an alter-globalizing public 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-globalizing transnational cinemas.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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19 Oct 2015 10:26

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