Not a Hologram

According to Wikipedia, a hologram is "a technique that allows the light scattered from an object to be recorded and later reconstructed so that it appears as if the object is in the same position relative to the recording medium as it was when recorded".

What CNN did on election night was take an all around picture of someone and put it on a TV screen. There was no 3D image in the room with Wolf Blitzer. There was no flickering Princess Leia you could stick your hand through. This is not a hologram. This has no relationship to a hologram.

I don't know why anyone thought that it was a big deal to put a picture of someone on a screen. We've been doing that for a very long time now.

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According to Wikipedia, a war

According to Wikipedia, a war is "an international relations dispute, characterized by organized violence between national military units." And yet when I fire up Day of Defeat, it seems as if I am in war, and I am having a lot of fun blowing people up. All this time, my crass entertainment has been a sham. I shall stop having fun and stop being escapist. Being rational is too important to suspend my disbelief from time to time. :)

That's a bit of a faulty

That's a bit of a faulty analogy, don't you think? CNN was leading people to believe that there was something holographic going on, when there wasn't. You have no illusions about your video game.

But they're real -- all the

But they're real -- all the Allied soldiers I'm killing -- and it feels so good to be a German!

You're a bad, bad man.

You're a bad, bad man.

I just assumed that it _was_

I just assumed that it _was_ being projected into the studio because otherwise they're not really doing anything impressive at all. They misled me by making a big deal out of something that isn't really the least bit impressive.