The Language of Hollywood
With the movie industry continuing to churn out remake after remake, and adding further installments to pre-existing franchises instead of finding new stories to tell, we could be forgiven for thinking that there is very little new left to come from Hollywood. Nothing highlights this further for us as language lovers than the decline of the language used within and to describe the movie industry. Here are why neologisms seem to be a thing of the past for the big screen, and what this means for the future of what we choose to watch. [caption id="attachment_5936" align="aligncenter" width="500"] GIF via Giphy[/caption]
The Silver ScreenAny movie history buff will tell you that as the industry expanded and grew with advances in technology and bigger budgets, new words related to that world—or re-imaginings of them—began to crop up all the time. Cut, edit, fade, dissolve, close-up, splice, talkie, studio, and screenplay became a part of our language when we dreamed of being the next John Fords or Steven Spielbergs. Our scripts and pitches became part of many a pipe dream that only a lucky few of us ever got to truly pursue. The next wave of neologisms that the movie world brought us also can be attributed to technological advances (and money), with things like split screen, wide-screen, zoom, 3D, and blockbuster. And towards the end of the 20th century came the additions of the idea of movie franchises, with Marvel, Mission: Impossible, and Terminator to name but a few examples constantly seeming to churn out new stuff. But since then, there have barely been any new words to describe the world of Hollywood at all. [caption id="attachment_5935" align="aligncenter" width="480"] GIF via Giphy[/caption]
A different worldThese days we have additions to the way we describe our small screen experiences, with bingeing and streaming being part of our typical vocabulary for what we choose to view. We watch movies on our phones, laptops and tablets as much as, or possibly even more than we do on our TVs. But even for TV, language like series and prime time tell us nothing newer than they did when we first coined these phrases. Our experiences with our media have and continue to evolve at a rapid pace, but the language to describe it doesn't seem to have kept up.
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