Historian: YouTube is a Bigger Deal than TV

Scott Kirsner, a journalist who just released a book called Inventing the Movies about technology’s affect on Hollywood, told us this week that he thinks YouTube will is a more influential innovation than television. In his review of movie history, from Smell-O-Vision to digital filming, Kirsner found an “epic battle” between technology and the status quo, with each generation’s doom and gloom predictions — from the likes of Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Jack Valenti, and Sumner Redstone — failing to come to fruition.

I helped Kirsner out with some research way back in the pre-NewTeeVee days when he was working on an early draft of the book, so it’s good to see him out on the West Coast on book tour armed with his formidable collection of movie trivia. After one such lecture on Sunday night in Berkeley, he sat down with us for a quick interview. The video is above.

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