We all take it as a given that, in order to excel at a certain art, you have to enjoy consuming that art. If you're a writer, you have to enjoy reading, and if you want to make films, you have to watch a ton of them.
But is there a limit to that?
To put it another way--could there be a point where watching too many films, reading too many books, or what have you, hinders development as an artist?
I wouldn't give up reading for anything. But I could see a time where I wasn't reading as much. In fact, I kind of look forward to that time.
Is there something to be said for immersion? Of course. But couldn't there also be benefits to deprivation?
At a certain point, does it really matter what other people have done?
I know a few writers, James Ellroy and Kurt Vonnegut among them, who make a point of refraining from engaging with other writers. That comes up a lot in interviews: older musicians don't listen to a lot of new music, and older filmmakers tend to be ignorant of up-and-comers.
That may be weariness, or it may be part of maintaining a unique voice. If you know what everyone else is doing, it constrains you, because you're either agreeing with it or disagreeing with it. Either way it shapes you.
I don't have an answer, but it's interesting to consider. The internet tends towards information overload. Maybe the best thing to do is to shut the world out. At least for a while.