Monday, June 15, 2009

Pixilated Over Pixels

Pixilated Over Pixels
By: Maureen Dowd
Published: June 13, 2009

With popular culture becoming more obsessed then ever with perfection, the phrase "high-def" has taken a new meaning. From make up products in Sephora to new technology used in eye exams, this phrase has penetrated into the heart of culture, in an attempt to turn day to day images into flat screen worthy sights. In Maureen Dowd's latest Op-Ed, she muses about the benefits of seeing everything in in HD, and if it is really favorable for the people shown on television, such as actors and news anchors.
Dowd's first point is that women don't seem to appreciate the alleged wonders of high definition television as much as men. The main reasoning for this is that men watch sports, where the experience is augmented by making viewers feel as if they are there, whereas women dont find seeing every wrinkle and stain in their favorite star's clothing soothing or entertaining. After bringing up the necessary assertions concerning television, Dowd turns to culture. Throughout her editorial, satirical remarks directed towards the promotion of high-def products are intergrated. At the end of Dowd's list of ridiculous ways culture is marketing the idea of high definition, she clears up any uncertainty a reader may have with her stance, stating that she'd rather keep it fuzzy.

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