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An Unfair Game: English Football’s Rising Ticket Prices – Op-Docs (Week 9 Blog Post)

This short film was directed, illustrated, and co-written by The New York Times’ Kris Hofmann (published on October 16, 2013). Hofmann depicts a prominent issue in English Football, where ticket prices have become so high that many of the fans can no longer attend the games. The film’s narrator, Liam Williams, indicates that the rise of TV coverage and the greediness the players’ agents are key to the unnecessary rise of ticket prices.

Hofmann’s video utilizes simple yet engaging visual aspects and quality narration to convey its message that the fans of English Football deserve lower ticket prices. The actor, Henri White, manipulates decks of cards that feature a variety of people related to English Football, such as players, fans and businessmen. As the narrator (Williams) makes his points and refers to certain subjects, White displays the corresponding card(s). This theme continues throughout the entire video.

I really enjoyed watching this video and gained a great deal of knowledge as well. As a visual learner, I believe the actor’s display of the cards being in sync with the narrator was very helpful in conveying the main points of the story. Each card served a unique purpose throughout the video and seemed to “come to life” when displayed by the actor because of the lighting and simple background. The editing and camera work was also very well done. Overall, this is a high-quality production.


Interesting new gadget: Google Glass (Week 8 Blog Post)


Google Glass

These high-tech specs take “seeing the world through a technological lens” to a whole new level. Although the product is currently limited to the developer crowd, Google’s computing eyewear has already created a significant buzz in the tech community. The Android-based eyewear known as Google Glass allows users to perform various tasks such as answering emails, taking pictures, and translating text hands-free. All of these actions are viewable on a micro-display in the corner of the interface. The product is currently listed at a steep price of $1,500. Despite the big price tag, interest remains high for Google Glass. 

I had been hearing rumors over the past few years about the possibility of eyewear with such technological capabilities, but I did not think a real product would surface this soon. If I had the necessary money, I would certainly purchase this product when it finally releases to the public. However, I do not have the capital flexibility to be spending $1,500 on a pair of high-tech glasses, and I assume that a majority of the American public can relate. Unless the product gets released at a more affordable price, Google Glass will probably be limited to the upper class and extreme tech enthusiasts.

Even though many of us will not be able to purchase the product, it’s very cool to look at. Check out this video that shows Google Glass in action. 

Link: What It Does (scroll to bottom of page for video)