by Deb Roy.
When movies were first introduced in the late 1800?s, they were silent. Three decades later, the invention of synchronized soundtracks satisfied our natural desire to hear what is seen. Soundtracks unleashed a wave of creativity in filmmaking that transformed the audience experience. ET would not be the same without the famous score. Jaws would just be a silly robotic fish rather than a movie that kept people out of the water. Today, it’s hard to imagine movies without sound. Sound made movies whole.
Television is undergoing an analogous transformation. Although we sometimes watch with family or friends, we mostly experience TV in relative social isolation. We are disconnected from most of the people watching with us, deaf to the roar of the crowd during a game or the laughter of the audience after a punch line. We have learned to suppress our urge to talk about what moves us, settling instead for chance meetings at the water cooler the day after.
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