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Saturday Nov 10, 2007
At the Movies
Why are movies so popular as a medium?
In addition to being entertained on some level, the viewer gets to stop thinking and start feeling for about 120 minutes; you could call the experience a form of mass hypnosis.
And when a film rises to the level of art, then we have a meditation—which, contrary to the popular notion, is about total participation in the present moment, not relaxation.
We are primarily visual and auditory creatures; watching and listening are easier than reading, which is a fact not a comparison.