One of the reasons for the discrepancy, is that today's youth have lower
expectations of their media. To them it is a consumable, something to
be enjoyed now. Longevity is not really a consideration in their minds,
so the quality doesn't have to be as good to them. I think they also
have much lower expectations from their media. We didn't grow up with
media in this way. We have higher expecatations and also expect some
level of longevity in our media.
I completly agree with Tom's assesment that each generation has their
own ideal and threshhold. I recall sharing an album with my
grandfather, he was probably in his late 60's at the time, I thought it
sounded wonderful, all he did was complain about the sound and talk
about "echo chambers" (his words) and how people didn't sing anymore.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>> ...the youngsters seem to derive much more stimulus and deep enjoyment
>> from a visual experience on a blurry 2x2 screen than I or people my
>> age (41) or older are likely to. These kids... have a whole different
>> set of habits and processes for enjoying imagery. Point is, each
>> generation since the industrial revolution has a different set of
>> visual stimuli and each forms different habits and adjustment
>> mechanisms to meld the moving images into their version of reality.
>> -- Tom Fine
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