Cinema

Art versus algorithms

In a new essay for Harper’s Magazine honoring Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese argues that streaming services have “systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced” the art of cinema by turning films into “content.” He distinguishes between human curation that highlights particularly meaningful works of art and algorithms that “treat the viewer as a consumer and nothing else.” Scorsese pleads with fans of film to do all that they can “to share our love and our knowledge with as many people as possible.”

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