Not so for us!
Cinema also progressed because VERY smart people built on what had been already been created, similar to an astronomical equation that is dependent on and build on itself.
Although we have technology beyond our evolutionary capacity to comprehend where we are going, our forefathers and foreladies had what it took to build this media into the gargantuan proportions we see experience today.
As I look at the 'roll-on' being created by Ed Goto for www.cinemacircus.com's FIGURES IN ACTION series, I am impressed that he has studying the 'classic' elements of editing. Despite the super-computer editing capabilities available to you and I, the early-days of television, for example, have cut out a path that we are privy to re-examine and, yes, -to copy.
In Ed's multi-faceted documentary about the impending possible demise of the Fresno Fulton Mall entitled 'LOOK AROUND, FOLLOW ME, (ps. Jaguar Bennet, Rogue Vi and other Fresnans did a stellar job acting in this timely epic!) he utilized these same time-honored , successful transitions; not just because he can but because he and the 'old-timers' knew that they worked!
Progress is still 'on a roll', yet the same old classic transitions that suture the scenes you, as artists create continue to be so dynamically critical.
Simple, yet effective, these same transitions keep us entranced, enthralled as they subtly focus our short attention spans so we can 'live' the next scene and the ones after that.
Nostalgia is part of living, growing, looking backwards and losing. Let us not forget to go back and learn what worked then, and is still as viable as the first elements of continuity of our experiences after " . . . and ACTION!"