NARRATIVE COLLAPSE: The tug between CONTENT and OWNERSHIP (welcome back DELEUZE/GUATTARI and OPTIMUS PRIME), plus a brief appearance by the DEATH OF SEX…

Happy Monday Collapsers:

Your faithful documenter and statistician of the COLLAPSE has quite the round-up of links and comments to ring in the new week. The narrative FRANKENSTEIN’S, the INCUBATION ACCELERATORS, and the priests of RETERRITORIALIZATION (and for more info on this concept, here’s a primer for you), have been busy, so let us not tarry…

THE FLUX OF DETERRITORIALIZATION AND RETERRITORIALIZATION:

Ironically, as MEDIA (the CONTENT PROVIDERS and OWNERS) and HARDWARE (BROADBAND COMPANIES, et al..) merge left and right in a last-ditch attempt to remonetize and RETERRITORIALIZE, the stranglehold of BANKING INSTITUTIONS is being PRIED open by alternate means of electronic payment. Cable isn’t the only thing getting it’s CORD CUT and going A LA CARTE. Banks are feeling the sting from BITCOIN (of course), but also APPLE PAY, GOOGLE WALLET, and SNAPCASH, and that’s just the beginning…

And speaking of both MEDIA and MUTATIONS, here’s a real FRANKEN-MERGER:

RE/CODE was snapped up by the VOX MEDIA FAMILY, and COMCAST which happens to own stakes in both RE/CODE and VOX, may just end up devouring both of them. That’s what we call RETERRITORIALIZING at it’s finest…

When INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS (a form of DETERRITORIALIZATION) are forced to merge to survive, and then the fruits of said merger, end up being GOBBLED and BUNDLED by a HUGE DISTRIBUTOR (generally combining some mix of necessary HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE), this is a HUGE PROBLEM, because it makes it harder and harder for any INDEPENDENT SOURCES to survive without some GIANT MONOLITH providing SECURITY from all the NOISE (in the form of COMPETITORS) and other PREDATORY DISTRIBUTORS always on the hunt for CONTENT, CONTENT, CONTENT…

Remember, DETERRITORIALIZATION destroys CONTROL (the grip of the MONOLITH), RETERRITORIALIZATION (what we are witnessing now) re-inscribes CONTROL within the INSTITUTION. And generally a period of DETERRITORLIZATION is allowed when the INSTITUTIONS sense big money needing room to flower, but it NEVER EVER SURVIVES once it starts to HURT THE DISTRIBUTORS. And that’s the phase we’re in now…THE ECONOMIST, a musty institution, actually did an extremely credible job describing this situation (in an article, which is behind a PAY WALL), but well worth reading if you’re already a member. But if you’re not, I just did a good job summarizing it (it’s what I’m here for Collapsers)…

…And in other RETERRITORIALIZATION MOVES, CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS and TIME WARNER have MERGEDAnd BUZZFEED, one of the kings of DETERRITORIALIZATION, may be considering on an IPO, which means it could become one of the RETERRITORIALIZERS itself…

ENTERTAINMENT MUTATIONS (MOSTLY INCUBATIONAL):

The TRANSFORMERS series is one of the shiniest jewels in PARAMOUNT’S CROWN, and we’re all going to be seeing a lot more of it…

In a move somewhat reminiscent/inspired by FOX and JAMES CAMERON’S plan to plow you with AVATAR SEQUELS — they’re doling out writing duties to a series of individual writers/teams to speed up the INCUBATION process — PARAMOUNT has bought in AKIVA GOLDSMAN (living proof that EVERY WRITER should hope and believe they have at least ONE OSCAR in them), to create a WRITER’S ROOM to spawn faster TRANSFORMERS MOVIES, and they’ve been STAFFING UP, with alumni from the X-MEN SERIES, SPIDER-MAN SERIES, and THE WALKING DEAD…

…So why is this a NOTEWORTHY MUTATION?

Because to SPEED UP FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT, the FILM INDUSTRY is pretty much xeroxing the concept of the TV WRITER’S ROOM. FILM is trying to be the new TV to SURVIVE…

The whole notion of INDIVIDUAL VISION (of a director, writer/director), as the sole trump-card that FILM still had going for it to separate it from TV — something BRET EASTON ELLIS talks about all the time on his PODCAST — seems to be coming to an end.

Ironically — and this is why TRUE DETECTIVE still remains the biggest recent mutation in TV — TV is willing to back an INDIVIDUAL VOICE in NIC PIZZOLATTO, in a way FILM now seems ready to PHASE OUT. Now you may argue, the FILM industry has always employed tons of WRITERS on FRANCHISES, and I agree; however, these writers/teams generally worked individually, and at different stages of a film’s development process. The notion of setting up a FRANCHISE INCUBATION FACTORY complete with it’s own television-inspired WRITER’S ROOM, now that’s a mutation…

…And now for a TELEVISION MUTATION…

In a move pioneered by STARZ, and haphazardly implemented by NETFLIX, PILOT SEASON is apparently being slowly phased out. Before a single second of PILOT FOOTAGE is shot/ordered, the entire now show is now being MAPPED OUT, and if it works on paper, it goes to SERIES.

Writer’s rooms at AMC are following this model, wherein FIVE SCRIPTS, and a fully outlined season are the new requirement, and if approved, the show will go STRAIGHT TO SERIES. No more PILOTS. A whole development stage is being skipped to facilitate the push for MORE AND MORE AND MORE ORIGINAL NARRATIVE CONTENT delivered at the SPEED OF THOUGH, because as I’ve said before: NARRATIVE CONTENT IS THE NEW MONEY

ADDITIONAL COLLAPSES (SEX AND ARCHITECTURE)…

Apparently, 25% of the student body at Harvard (bad pun alert) isn’t getting any. And not only aren’t they getting any — many aren’t even looking. It reminds me of reading about celibacy epidemics in JAPAN. Anyone have any ideas as to why the youth aren’t getting it on anymore? This is one mutation that baffles me…

And in the growing list of ARCHITECTURAL GIGANTISM — previously discussed hereUBER is starting construction on a glorious testament to its unstoppable world domination…

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