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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Otis' Dream, parts 1330 - 1333


1330. Working on a 24 hour deadline they must complete the assembly of the images, do the editing, dub in the voice over which must be retrieved from the audio recorded tapes department of the brain. Is it any wonder that the dreams we have are so confused and contradictory. The brain has to abandon even the most superficial editing and proof reading because of the relentless deadlines, even worse that the most simple-minded daily sit-com.


1331. Just exactly as when you set out to find that old picture of your mother in her black graduation gown, and spend all morning and never find it, so the dream assemblers pore over countless images all of them stored in the brain's equivalent of Mrs. Festini's hat boxes by the millions.  Such was Freud's brainstorm, as it occurred to him looking at the photography book on May 16, 1888.



1332. The concept was not well received in professional circles, and was treated with skepticism in the medical journals of the day. Carl Jung was quick to point out that if the human eye was intended by nature for the production of dreams, then obviously the zoom function would have developed as a necessary corollary. This led to a violent argument in which Freud shouted, "Please name one dream anyone has ever dreamed in which you have the use of the zoom or the panoramic shot."



1333. "Dreams are the epitome of form and function," he insisted, "using only the simplest of means and design. A good dream is like a fine stage play, something of Shakespeare.  It is always presented frontally, and without camera angle devices."  That analogy could only be stretched so far however. Freud had no idea at the time of that historic argument that 100 years later the concept of the digital zoom would come along to vindicate his theories.

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