Why do movies still have closing credits?

January 28, 2011 by Joshua
in Awareness, Blog

Closing credits now commonly stretch for ten minutes. Early movies
had closing credits of ten people. Why do we still have them?

typical answer is to credit the people who contributed, but that method
seems ineffective: one name out of thousands is nearly invisible, it’s
only visible while watching the movie, and they’re unsearchable.
Meanwhile, every movie has a web page but those pages rarely list the
full closing credits.

If the goal of closing credits is to credit the
people who contributed, won’t posting them online serve that goal
better? If the goal is to give time to show bloopers, why not just show
the bloopers? (The same goes for tv shows)

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