On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 5:08 PM, Frank, Michael <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> have a better candidate??
When we are talking about movies, we can call them "movies." When we
are talking about poems, we can call them "poems." If we are talking
about a works that appear to be hybrids, we can call them "works" or
create some kind of hyphenated label. It doesn't matter much.
My primary concern is with the literary analogy. Calling movies
"texts" suggests that we can treat them like novels. In some ways we
can and in other ways we can't. Calling them texts obscures the
differences. It's not all that big of an issue. I've called moves
"texts", but I'm afraid that it leads to talk about the "language of
film" which I find very obscure and very misleading.
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