"How Netflix killed the watercooler moment – and breathed new life into TV"

Kevin Spacey raised some interesting questions with his MacTaggart Lecture in Edinburgh last month.

"It seems to me that, audiences are no longer making distinctions between television and other media, so let's throw the labels out. Or, at least let's broaden the definitions – and if we have to call ourselves anything then aren't we all just storytellers?"

Kevin argues that 'Networks and studios have an opportunity to use technology to reach viewers who crave good stories – but will they take it?'

Its an exciting time to be working in 'film. As students studying Film & Media Arts you have the opportunity to experiment and explore new ways of storytelling or forms within 'moving image.

Read Extract from Kevin Spacey's 2013 MacTaggart lecture at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (Print: Guardian, Comment, P.37. Fri. 23/9/13) http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/22/netflix-model-watercooler-moment-stories

Article and Full Video: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/aug/22/kevin-spacey-tv-golden-age

Full Text of Lecture: http://www.theguardian.com/media/interactive/2013/aug/22/kevin-spacey-mactaggart-lecture-full-text

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards: 'As Francis might say, 'if we have to call ourselves anything then aren't we all just storytellers?' Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon/AP

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards: 'As Francis might say, 'if we have to call ourselves anything then aren't we all just storytellers?' Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon/AP