The first time my friend showed me her Tumblr, went like this:
Me: Oh I love Audrey Hepburn!
Me: What’s your favorite movie she’s in?
Her: Oh I’ve never seen any of her movies.
Me: Oh…so why did you put all of these pictures on your blog?
Her: Because they’re cool…
Me: Well you should watch this movie it’s really good.
Her: Yeah I don’t really like watching things in black in white.
Me: Then why do you post about them in your blog?!?!
It was a very frustrating experience and when I looked at my other friend’s blogs I found the same things. Gifs and pictures from movies that they didn’t know and had no intention of watching. It made me angry at first and then I just felt sad, because they are going to miss out on so many amazing films.
Tumblr is a world in which people can express themselves through other people’s expressions and I think its ruining movies. So many of my friends will post pictures from classic films and instead of thinking: “Wow this is a cool picture I should find out what this is and watch it” they think: “Wow this is cool, people are going to think I’m so cool and watch such cool movies”. I think this is what is keeping so many young people from diving into film: they can get all of this attention for liking interesting films without actually having to put in any energy. That’s not what films are for and that’s not what they are about.
|What if this was all you ever saw of "Breathless"? What would you think it was?|
Films are not a way to seem cool and unique, they are works of enormous effort that make huge statements, and they should be appreciated as such. This is the mentality a lot of young people have today. It is all about image, not actual knowledge or experience.
What is most upsetting is that many of these people would love these films if they only took the time to immerse themselves in them. But when gifs and pictures are enough, there is no need to actually sit through a whole movie. This technology is made to share ideas and images of things that people love but instead it is allowing people to only care how films makes them appear not how films may influence their lives.
|Who knows if Marilyn Monroe even said this? Does anyone on Tumblr care? NO!|
After I talked to my friend at great length about this she decided she would only post about things she had seen and that if she saw something she liked she would research it and watch it and as a result she has become really immersed in a lot of films and directors and has come to really love and appreciate film. I only hope other people can do the same, and we can have a lot more film lovers in the world.