Films in the Lowell Was Right! universe are exceedingly important. Films transfer culture, unifying peoples and grouping them around important concepts. A movie made by a culture embodies the core concepts of that culture in a portable package, accepted as intrinsic truths and transferred during the willing suspension of disbelief created by the audience while watching the movie.
This is the core concept of propaganda, but movies made
_as propaganda_ are far less effective in transferring culture than
those made _as entertainment_, because of the intensity of the state of
suspension of disbelief engendered by the entertainment. In these films,
the cultural core is deeply embedded in the entertainment matrix, never
stated, but informing all of the actions of the actors.
the cultural core illuminates the entertainment just as embracing the
entertainment transfers the cultural core. Each reinforces the other.
The more you see the movies, the more you understand the culture that
created them, and the more you understand the culture, the more pleasure
the entertainment can create.
In Lowell Was Right!, movies are
the primary medium of entertainment. Not only feature films, but
newsreels, shorts, and serials as well, are viewed in the communal
environment of the theater. All of the cultures of LWR! are entertained
communally, whether by performances onstage or on film.
entertainment - plays, opera, music, speeches - is ephemeral, and
locally variable. Each performance is different, and cannot be exactly
repeated, whether re-staged in a different performance, or in memory.
Films are different, and can be repeatedly performed exactly, without
variation. Use of movie magic - models, pyrotechnics, forced
perspective, lighting - can vastly emphasize the shared fantasy, and
thus the effectiveness, of the movie.
Books can be solitary
entertainment, but depend on active imaginative engagement by the
reader, and - while effective within a culture - can be difficult to
transfer across cultures. Musical recordings are the only solitary
entertainment which can compete with movies are portable, transferable
entertainment, but the information they transfer is almost entirely
emotional. Even so, recorded music is far more portable than film
culturally, as basic emotions are universal even without a cultural