First Advisor

Mark Berrettini

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Film and University Honors




Internet -- Social aspects -- United States, Netflix (Firm), Video rental services, Streaming technology (Telecommunications) -- Social aspects




This thesis aims to provide an extensive look at the history of collecting film within the home, starting from pre-cinematic optical toys to today’s use of streaming platforms. There is an extensive knowledge gap in the history of film collecting. Much of the information is anecdotal and providing an extensive background will close this gap. Contrasting the different technologies in the home allows for people to see how film collecting practices have evolved. Streaming is currently a new phenomena that has taken over the industry and changed the structure of the home library. Rather than aid the home library, this change may actually cause its demise. The film industry is currently experiencing a “streaming revolution”, which most likely won’t reach journal articles for many years. This thesis is one of the first publications to academically dissect streaming and how it will be detrimental to the home library.


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