Mega-Mamo #338: More Is Better

Dinner for five! Mamo welcomes THREE special guest stars to a roundtable discussion of Manohla Dargis’ recent contention that the American indie market is overstuffed with product. Row Three’s Kurt Halfyard along with Dave Voigt and Ryan McNeil tell the Matts what’s what.

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Matthew Price

The sound really is closer to the original Mamo. Eerie.

David Voigt

My god there was soft jazz?

Jape Man

Yes, there are a lot of indie movies and some are great, some are good and some are downright awful but it’s like anything else.


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With a love of classics and a to-watch list as long as Route 66, I’m with Matt Price on one thing – I never anticipate running out of things to watch, even if I never watch anything new. But isn’t that very fact bad news for the indie industry? If there are so many films out there that we can’t decide which ones to watch and all go eff it, I’ll just watch something old, then clearly the glut of content is not doing anybody any good. It becomes (like the self-publishing industry to an extent, I’d argue) little more than a medium of self-expression and not a business seeking an audience at all. Perhaps this is where Matt Brown’s prediction of the death of cinema comes in.

Matt (Price), when it comes to bookstores, yes, I have every bit as much choice paralysis there. My husband has a gift card he got for Christmas that he has yet to spend because he can’t decide which one or two books to get out of the thousands of possibilities. I browse the bookstore pretty often (it’s a good place for the baby to crawl out some energy) and I’m always like, I want to find and read something new, BUT WHAT? I don’t know. So I go read Raymond Chandler or something old that I already know about.

Related discussion topic: Does the overextension of long tail content actually bolster blockbuster culture? It seems clear by this point that the dream of the long tail of content that loomed so hopefully with the advent of the internet has essentially failed. Is this because when the tail is too long, it gets so diluted that rather than watch something niche, people will instead gravitate toward something bigger (both because they’ve heard of it, and because people they know are more likely to see it)?