"It's the Glasses, Stupid!"
Erik Sofge, writing in Popular Mechanics, is unimpressed by 3D TV and finds 3D in films, including Avatar, unconvincing (what the what?). But he believes that 3D gaming is the bomb-diggity, mostly because he thinks gamers are the only audience who can "bear to put on a bunch of dumb-looking glasses and embarrass themselves in front of each other." Read his analysis here.
First of all, those glasses. E-w-w-w. Do we really want to have to put on glasses every time we sit down for some TV? Don’t we lose something when we look around the room to exchange glances, and we can’t see anyone’s eyes? Do we really want to nuzzle up to our fiancées and spouses with those things on? — David Pogue
Read Pogue's complete New York Times article, "Want It or Not, TV Goes 3D" here.
* In 2009, defending himself against conflict of interest charges — he reviews products and software that he sells books about (his Missing Manual imprint at O'Reilly) — Pogue defended himself by saying that the books are where he earns the majority of his income and that he is "not a journalist."
Now, I love Pogue's work and have followed him since his days as the last page of the monthly MacWorld magazine. But if he's not a journalist, shouldn't there be a disclaimer run alongside his by-line in the Times? Isn't tech writing some form of journalism?