Thursday, January 9, 2014
How many people actually enjoy fictional work? The popularity of fictional stories on screen and in print come into question in the article ‘The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction’ By author Frank Rose. Rose starts by focusing on the two year prior movie release of Avatar, by James Cameron. Avatar set off numerous debates throughout the media. A fictional movie that totaled over $200 million for production costs struck major curiosity about whether or not it would be a successful piece. been newly released. A Time magazine journalist John Quitter wrote an article about his opportunity to get a view of the movie before its release. The movie was reported to be highly immersive which came by surprise being that the movie was fictional. “I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated,” states Quitter in his reaction to the film. Technology and its constant updates have brought a new life into fictional work. “... every new medium has aroused fear and even hostility..” was a statement taken from a book written by Janet Murray of Georgia Tech. The future would just expand the possibilities of broadening narratives in print to screen. Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury is discussed in the article. Fahrenheit 451’s society has banished books. All written print has been burned and replaced with large screen television sets. This story was written around the 50’s, right at the peak of the television era. Ray Bradbury created a society that is completely wrapped in the advance of technology, gradually attempting to make written print narratives obsolete. Faber, one of the novels characters of the story separates himself from society and indulges in the joy of books though it is against laws and the beliefs of his own wife. Faber sacrifices his safety to defend the books and prints that once meant something to everyone else. The televisions covered the walls of everyone's home. This detail made its way into the story signifying Ray Bradbury’s dislike of the fact that television was indeed so immersive. This was seen as a danger for not only for television, but also for the movie theatres. All of the technology going into creating these films and stored inside televisions were feared for their immersive nature. “Dangerous, immersively, more-real-than-reality real..” was how the movies and television were described. It seemed that books were preferred. Books were safer to capture a great story from, until they were said to be immersive as well. Books went through a struggle of acceptance but they gradually made it as a rise in literacy took place. Many authors began to get published by serialization which originated in England.This was an easier method to publish books piece by piece, and gaining literacy followers to support the gain of popularity in written text. To present date, the internet has now taken the place of being dangerous and immersive. Authenticity has grown old. In the ending of the reading, Rose speaks about people not being interested in authenticity but instead just the thought of authenticity. I must agree with Rose when he says that people would rather return to Pandora. The excitement of all of the fictional activities surrounding society, overtake the publications and all things that do not have any technological link. In a Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge preferred his work and money over company of living things. I find that his desire to be away from the world links to the text because with the use of technology, people always find themselves wrapped in every new way to avoid physical contact with the world if not needed. The scary part about today’s fiction and real life, is that real individuals have resorted to becoming fictional in order to seek attention and or approval. After they’re portrayal is over, they take back to their technology and discuss their fictional lives at a distance.