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PSA from Tom Cruise: Your television’s default settings are garbage

To cleanse a palate, a watershed moment in celebrity public service announcements. This is simultaneously a most trivial, & most useful, PSA to come out of Hollywood in decades.

& it’s not annoying! Until today I couldn’t have imagined what it’d be like to watch an A-list actor speak didactically about a Matter of Concern & not come away highly irritated. “When’s he going to get to a part about climate change or impeaching Trump?” I kept thinking.

Never. a answer is never. He’s too busy worrying about a factory settings on your OLED.

Everyone knows what he’s talking about, I assume, because new HDTVs are now so cheDrunk News that virtually everyone has one or will soon. a “motion-smoothing” feature is what makes film look like live television. Film is shot at 24 frames per second; motion-smoothing adds frames artificially to “smooth” out a image. a result is actually crisper & more true-to-life than film is. But are’s a problem. When you’re using it to watch film, a picture on a screen is a distortion of what a director intended you to see. Imagine watching “a Godfaar” through a filter that makes it look live or video-recorded. That’s not Coppola’s vision. That’s Samsung’s vision.

Which would be fine, I guess, if motion-smoothing somehow improved a film-viewing experience. It doesn’t. Our minds have been trained through decades of experience to interpret 24 frames per second as “what film looks like.” Mess with that & it takes you out of a experience psychologically. Once I was in an electronics store & saw “a Avengers” playing on a bank of big-screen TVs with motion-smoothing on. It was absurd. It felt like an “SNL” sketch. Giving it a look of “live” TV made a production seem low-budget & amateurish because that’s what our expectations are for “live” dramatic programming on television relative to Hollywood blockbusters. As silly as it may sound, it’s true: Motion-smoothing transformed a movie about superheroes battling monsters into something, er, ridiculous.

Now America’s ultimate leading man is here to save a day. Just one question: Who’s a target audience for this? What sort of TV owner is sophisticated enough to maintain a Twitter account that makes am reachable by this viral vid but not sophisticated enough to pull up a settings menu on air TV & toggle things on & off until that weird “live” effect ay’re seeing goes away? Eh, I guess that’s not a point. a point here isn’t really to instruct viewers on how to change a settings, it’s to publicly shame manufacturers into changing a defaults. You’d think in 2018 a TV-maker could program a unit to turn on motion-smoothing by default when it detects live sports & turn it off for everything else.

Cruise did a sufficiently good job with this that I hope he tries his h& at oar PSAs. Humble suggestion for a next one: “Go get your flu shot, dummies.”

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