I found this in an old notebook the other day. I believe I found it in a book on film theory.
‘Western society is now defined more strictly by the image, the sound, and the moving picture than by the written word, which defined previous centuries. Seldom does anyone ask, “What have you read lately?” One is much more likely to hear the question, “What have you seen lately?” We have become for better or worse, a visually oriented society. Because literature is no longer the dominant form of expression, scriptwriters, directors, and actors do more to shape the culture which we live in than do the giants of literature on philosophy. We may be at the point in the development of Western culture that the Great Books series needs to be supplemented by a Great Films series.’
How much of this do you think is true, and how much is pushing it?