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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Rushkoff on HDTV
Over on his blog, Douglas Rushkoff considers some of the implications of HDTV.
My main reaction is that it's weird.

McLuhan considered TV a "cool" medium, in that it required the participation of the audience to resolve those blurry black and white pixels into a real image. While film and radio enjoyed higher fidelitiy, and constituted hot media, TV was cool - and invited the cynicism and objectivity of distance.

HDTV is anything but cool, in that sense. It's crisper and more resolved than the prints of some movies I've seen. The characters are no longer the iconic, comicbook-like figures of regular TV, but - broadcast in such detail - they look like human beings. In many cases, that makes them a lot tougher to embrace.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 4:17 PM Comments (0)
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