March 19, 2003
ED DRISCOLL writes about Hollywood's fear of change. He contrasts Hollywood with Silicon Valley and notes:
For a bunch of stasists, it's fairly amusing that the standard Hollywood cliché is that big business is stupid, rapacious and harmful to its customers (look at the films that they crank out to perpetuate this stereotype, from Norma Rae to Erin Brockovich). And yet, up north, "big business" is continually innovating, and finding solutions to problems. While back in Hollywood, those would-be champions of social reform don't want their consumers from wandering off the plantation—or even manufacturing cotton of their own.