The American Interest

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Reviews Gilding the Small Screen

Is television the new cinema? Just asking the question that way misses the point of both media.

Published on June 15, 2014
In January 2012, David Remnick moderated a panel sponsored by the New Yorker titled “Is Television the New Cinema?” Variations on that question have also been posed by the Los Angeles Times and seemingly every blogger and think-piece essayist in the past several years. The New York Times took it further in April, asking a roundtable of critics and academics, “Is going to the movies passé? How can filmmakers compete better with television or showcase what makes them unique?”  All of these articles, written with varying levels of curiosity and objectivity, set up the relationship between the two media as...