Editing Analysis: Steven Millhauser’s “A Precursor of the Cinema”

One of Browne and King’s most critical pieces of advice for characteriziation and exposition is to cut narrative summary, otherwise known as the “telling” in the first chapter, and expand the “showing” of a protagonist’s psyche and attributes through actions. However, as with the previous analysis, these rules are made to modified and subverted in order to stimulate the reader’s interest.

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Editing Analysis: Steven Millhauser’s “A Precursor of the Cinema”

One of Browne and King’s most critical pieces of advice for characteriziation and exposition is to cut narrative summary, otherwise known as the “telling” in the first chapter, and expand the “showing” of a protagonist’s psyche and attributes through actions. However, as with the previous analysis, these rules are made to modified and subverted in order to stimulate the reader’s interest.

On Video Essays

In other words, the audience, or consumer, is incentivized to take in the content and its message rather than to synthesize it with their own values. As a result, a video essay can easily become more of a monolog, or a one-sided lecture rather than a dialogue of ideas. In moralistic terms, an unthinking audience is also one that will not dynamically absorb the essence of the film essay but rather simply its contents. The unthinking audience may as well have had a forgettable dream in the timespan of a video clip.

On Video Essays

In other words, the audience, or consumer, is incentivized to take in the content and its message rather than to synthesize it with their own values. As a result, a video essay can easily become more of a monolog, or a one-sided lecture rather than a dialogue of ideas. In moralistic terms, an unthinking audience is also one that will not dynamically absorb the essence of the film essay but rather simply its contents. The unthinking audience may as well have had a forgettable dream in the timespan of a video clip.