I just saw this amazing 10 minute documentary online.
It was jaw dropping not only for the cinematography and the beauty of athletic abilities, but because this is yet another example of the death of television. These new mini-documentaries about random topics, especially done so well, will revolutionize how we see the world and replace traditional media as we have known it for several decades.
I remember the first documentary like this to affect me, it was CAINE’S ARCADE, the story of a little boy who made his own cardboard arcade. This might have warranted a few minutes on the local news, but it would have been hastily shot, poorly edited and forgotten in the midst of the adage “If it bleeds, it leads”. The internet is clearly showing that people want and need things of a positive nature as well and these kinds of documentaries don’t fit into traditional news.
Nor do these fit into any kind of programming schedule. Television’s archaic notions of scheduling every 30 minutes are giving way to Video On Demand, watching what you want, when you want it, not matter how long or short it might be.
When the quality is as high as these two embedded examples, the death of television and the eulogy for tv news can easily be seen on the horizon.