Today’s column by L. Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal describes an animation technique to illustrate news items developed by a Hong Kong company. They say the technique can produce an animation in 90 minutes. The latest example shows Tiger Woods driving off in his van while looking back at his chasing wife flailing away at the back window with a golf club. While thus distracted (who wouldn’t be?) he drives into the tree and fire hydrant.
Critics say this lends authenticity to pure speculation. The Hong Kong company replies that the manikin-like figures could not possibly be confused with reality. You can see the animation as it appeared on TV woven in with real scenes on YouTube at http://tinyurl.com/YL9H6X6. Although it is in Chinese, you can see how it works and decide for yourself. It has already had over 2 million views.
But the part of Crovitz’s article I like best is his suggestion to extend the animations to show congressmen pretending to read the entire health-care bill, or Iranian diplomats sniggering at the UN arms-control demands.