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Friday, January 6, 2012

The Strange Reality of our Televisions

Watching television sometimes is just weird. The inlaws have one that is gigantic and s a High Definition television that is a clear violation of suspension of disbelief. In an age when reality in television and in our entrainment is being seen as a premium,is it any wonder we watch a television that detects a tiny mole or a small patch of unshaven hair on a news anchors chin? It is simply bizarre and when I started seeing the lighting patches on the set of Miracle on 34th Street it has clearly gone too far. You end up not watching a fictional dream,but a strange new recitation of reality.

This may be seen as a good thing but movies and fiction depend on a dream state in the writer and in the reader or viewer. Both must participate. But with High Def  televisions all suspension of reality is defeated by the ultra clear automatons that walk through the screen. Our eyes don't even do this. We seen the world in all its glory in a blend of primary colors that are put together for us into a scene, the heart of all entertainment. But what if someone amped our vision so we saw a sunset as something to be dissected under a microscope.

The truth is television is now creating it's own reality. Ever go to a football game and watch the teams hack it out on the field. It looks very plebeian, primitive, and if the day is overcast it is in black and white. Watch that same game on a High Definition television and you'd think you were in Disney World. The players and the coaches and the referees all look bigger than life as does the field.

Movies especially depend on a gauzy quality to the light that allows the scene to unfold so we go into the story and don't get hung up on the size of someones forehead or isn't that strange the way the mans mustache is uneven. In this way our technology is not in our service anymore, but in service to the end design of tech which is to constantly go where no man has gone before.

Huh. Maybe less is more.
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