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Kristine McCarthy October 1 2000I think Watchel formed a very good accuratearguement in saying that cave paintings are cinematicMuch like movies when cave paintings are seen in a certain way they show qualities that can be seen as cinematic Once you look at cave paintings under a firelight things are seen much differently They seem to move disappear reapper and even change shape and color just like a movie When seen in this light these paintings no longer seem to be scribbled and disorderly but rather very well thought out Because of the irregular surfaces on the cave walls light sources that flicker and a moving eye movie-like effects are created in the paintings This makes images visible from some viewpoints and not from others When surfaces are irregular and unpredictable and when the cave painter has intentionally used these surfaces as part of his work even the trained and restricted eye of modern man can be fooled and delighted under the proper conditions Maybe these paleolithic artists had this cinematc style of cave painting in mind from the start Its amazing to think that people thought to paint movement so long If expression in oral cultures tends to be redundant why would it change when writing is invented Well once writing rolled around there was no need to be repetitive when actually writing because the words are there for the reader to look at over and over as much as he or she wants Writing changed many features of oral thought and expression Redundancy was already discussed however another thing writing changed was a rhythmic pattern The pattern was used to make it easier for listeners to remember what was said However once things are written down there is no longer a need to remember it itll always be right there for you to see Another feature of oral communication that writing changed
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