David Simon Says 'The Wire' Would Never Survive Today

Thursday, April 24, 2014

David Simon (Paul Schiraldi)

Almost everything we do creates a digital trail containing information about who we are, where we go, how we spend our time and money, and what we watch. Media and entertainment entities are increasingly able to use this information to tell rich, data-driven stories or to decide what content to acquire or produce. But does betting on the "wisdom of crowds" bode well or ill for future innovation in film, art, and journalism? True believers and tech skeptics square off. 

In the era of big data, it's not about quality, it's about pure numbers. Simon joined "House of Cards" writer Beau Willimon and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday to discuss (and lament) how statistics are changing entertainment.


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Omen from NYC

this idea of "this wouldn't survive today" would be an excellent 4 week in-depth topic to discuss how new laws and changing media scape would virtually kill some of the most iconic cultural contributions we take for granted.
Comcast is about to own +50% of this country's cable, the current capitalist structure ensure an oligarchical capitalist society. Even in social media you have to absolutely use FB, I absolutely 100% have to have a FB account, even if I don't want one, b/c not having one makes me small and faulty.
Every field has it's 4-5 players and everyone else is too small [faulty] to count. The world is slowly becoming less free.
Sheeple are perfectly content protesting when the changes are made too fast, too drastically to adopt overnight, but when the same changes take place slowly over time and people adapt to a new normal, who protests, some voices in the media and they quickly go away.
Thinking of the Netflix backlash and what a lesson it taught Corp. Am., people don't notice or mind when price hikes come gradually. Take that and cast it over the bigger picture.

Apr. 25 2014 01:06 PM

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