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DVDs and Arden Shakespeare--NY Times
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Date:           Monday, 05 May 2003 17:38:08 -0400
Subject:        DVDs and Arden Shakespeare--NY Times

Cutting Edge - Too Much Interactivity Doesn't Serve Art "These days, any
film for which a studio's marketing department has sufficiently high
commercial expectations is issued on DVD in a 'special' or 'limited' or
'collector's' edition that makes an Arden Shakespeare look skimpy by
comparison. The contemporary desire for interactivity in the experience
of art derives, obviously, from the heady sense of control over
information to which we've become accustomed as users of computers. The
problem with applying that model to works of art is that in order to get
anything out of them, you have to accept that the artist, not you, is in
control of this particular package of 'information.' And that's the
paradox of movies on DVD: the digital format tries to make interactive
what is certainly the least interactive, most controlling art form in
human history."

The New York Times 05/04/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/04/magazine/04DVDS.html

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