May 4, 2012

Jimmy Wales : Hollywood, you’re doomed

In WIRED, April 23rd 2012 by Ryan Singel

“Hollywood will be destroyed and no one will notice,” Wales said. But it won’t be Wikipedia (or Encarta) that kills the moviemaking industry: ”Collaborative storytelling and filmmaking will do to Hollywood what Wikipedia did to Encyclopedia Britannica,” he said.

Not sure. Liked a comment saying “collaborative filmmaking will end the big Hollywood studios is like saying Protestantism will end Catholicism”. There’s one thing which is not scalable, it’s getting people do real and fine coordinated work. To me this requires a lot of structure. Anyway we will certainly have a lot more of independent film-making fostered by easy-to-use technology but this does not preclude mega-production as we know it today.