Traditional Ideas Of The Screen

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Traditional ideas of ‘the screen’ have been challenged by recent developments in media technology in various different ways. The screen can be referred to in multiple ways such as a cinema screen and a computer screen. In ‘The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (1971), Stanley Cavell believes, “A screen is a barrier…It screens me from the world it holds - that is, makes me invisible. And it screens that world from me - that is, screens its existence from me.” After reading what Cavell had written, people may believe that he is correct in saying that what the screen holds makes us invisible. An example of this is when we go to the cinema or are using our mobile phones we are somehow not completely in reality, we forget who we are whilst involving ourselves in these activities. The screen is seen as a site of creativity and most people would agree that all screens are seen as a site of creativity, whether or not the more recent developments have challenged the traditional ideas. Recent developments include mobile phones, which have been around since 1973, handheld tablets and more, including the most recent development of the Apple Watch. These developments also include touch screen devices. Screens can be known as a physical screen such as a computer screen or cinema screen, but can also be a painting, for example. Typically, a screen is flat and rectangular and is viewed from the front, it acts as a window into another space than our own. Around a century ago
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