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The Four D’s: Debates, Developments, Disasters, and Dimensions

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3D movies are not new. They’ve been around for years. However, in the last few months, 3D technology has blossomed into a weekly addition. We’ve all sat down in the oversized theater seats; drink in one cup holder with a bag of popcorn in your lap. The lights dim as you put on your red and blue glasses immediately allowing the words on the screen to seem ten feet closer to your face. Well, my childhood was much different. I couldn’t go to 3D movies. It wasn’t that I wasn’t allowed to but rather I physically couldn’t. Before the current change in 3D glasses, which enable each eye to see something in 3D, the old glasses did nothing for me but change my colorful world to red. I’m almost blind in one eye rendering the outdated 3D glasses unusable. It was a disaster.
The glasses aren’t what this post is about. It’s about the spread of 3D in entertainment media. It began with Avatar. James Cameron opened the door and made 3D an option in every aspect of our lives. After Avatar was released, old moves were rereleased in 3D, such as the Disney movie UP, in hopes to gain more popularity. Others were made for 3D, like How to Train Your Dragon or Clash of the Titans. However you look at it 3D has developed into a widely known and used concept. So wide, it has now moved to television. The major debate is whether or not the popularity will continue. Do people want to wear glasses in the comfort of their own homes? It’s commonly known as a special action done in a public theater, where one can get lost in an enormous screen with action occurring all around them. I think it’ll take much more time until the public allows 3D to enter into their homes. It seems too much of a hassle and expense to bring home a television that requires glasses to watch.

Written by minisoda4

May 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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