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3-D tv attempts fall short

Drive by any cinema and you’ll notice at least one movie title with the words “in 3-D” following behind. It’s no secret the majority of people are willing to scrounge up the extra dough to see a thriller at it’s best. However, unlike the popularity of 3-D films, not many people know about 3-D TV, and why should they? It’s unnecessary.

3-D TV allows viewers to experience all the usual aspects of a normal television, such as movies, games and programs, in a stereoscopic effect. It adds depth to the screen and gives the illusion of a third dimension. David Katzmaier, a writer for says “you’ll also need a pair of 3D glasses for every viewer. TVs last a long time, 3D content will become increasingly common, and we don’t anticipate competitive ‘glasses-free 3D’ hitting the market anytime soon.”

The quality sounds okay as far as picture, but seriously, wearing glasses all the time? Don’t even think about throwing parties unless you plan on buying about thirty lenses.

“If it came with a regular and 3-D option I would consider buying it,” Junior Celeena Castrellon said. “I don’t want stuff flying at me all the time.”

Take it from Casterllon: 3-D effects get old! It’s like movie theatre popcorn- good every so often. Ironically, businesses assume customers want more of a certain brand or product which then leads to the creation of ridiculous inventions. Sure, some industries (Starbucks, Jamba Juice, etc.) have increased in profit by releasing popular items nation wide, but this kind of success only occurs every so often and doesn’t mean every store should do the same; most likely they’re setting themselves up for failure. Besides, store bought Jamba Juice packets don’t even taste the same as freshly made beverages, and 3-D TV does not perform as well as 3-D in theatre. It’s almost like a teaser; just go out and experience the real thing.

“They’re taking things a little too far and I have no desire to buy it,” Sophomore, Alyssa Ramos said. “Watching every show and movie in 3-D would get annoying.”

Dramas and thrillers, like “Avatar,” use 3-D to their advantage, but if Fox’s “the Office” aired in 3-D not much more would happen. Pam would grab a pencil on her desk and file some folders while looking awkwardly into the camera. No 3-D effect would make this scene any livelier, so what’s the point?

Chances are you can’t find one and there’s a reason: it doesn’t serve a purpose. Okay, yes it’s to provide entertainment, but the TV was already entertaining before. Originally, this idea probably sounded brilliant, but so did the easy bake oven, it’s only after you pull out the mashed up flavorless pie you realize good ideas don’t always follow through.

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