What is Hollywood, you ask, dear children? A quorum of whores babbling endlessly on about fucking while the bordello is razed for a penny arcade -- Paul Bern

Friday, July 30, 2010


The Modern Action Film as an oral narrative: 

“Ong explains that the structure of oral narratives is such that it facilitates easy storage and retrieval of information; narratives serve as oral storehouses of history. Rhapsodizing and linking together episodes with little regard to a linear plot structure, (flow, tactility) the use of flat characters (typage), and focusing on interaction with the audience (interactivity, kinetics, trailer lines) help to foreground the elements of an oral narrative and make them easier to remember. With literate cultures, narratives do not need to be structured mnemonically. Consequently, the narratives of literate cultures tend to follow a linear plot-line, make use of heavy subordination, and are structured such that the narrator/writer and reader are detached.”

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