"Do they think we're MORONS?" That's Gary's response every time we see this Quattron Sharp commercial with George Takei.
Then we are required to point to the next yellow thing we see on screen, and gasp "Yellow! HOW DID THAT GET THERE?
The first time, I responded to Gary's "Do they think we're MORONS?" with "Tcha! Like we don't know the difference between the additive and subtractive color systems."
Subtractive: Paint. Primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue. Yellow paint blocks all reflected light but yellow. Yellow and blue block all reflected light but a little yellow, a little blue, or green. Look at paint in a dark room. It's not a color anymore. No light to reflect.
Additive: Primary colors: Light. Red, Green, Blue. Beams of light hit our eyes.
Lookit! Green and red make yellow! The green pixel next to the red pixel beams out yellow. Yellow! You don't need a special yellow pixel, in fact, your yellow pixel is still going to be made from a mix of green and red light.
Okay, now that I typed that up, I'm going to Wikipedia to check that's right.
Okay, even though I originally switched the names, I got it right. But Wikipedia added the one part that's always puzzled me. It's all light, both beamed and reflected, why are the systems different?
"It should be noted that additive color is a result of the way the eye detects color, and is not a property of light. There is a vast difference between yellow light, with a wavelength of approximately 580 nm, and a mixture of red and green light. However, both stimulate our eyes in a similar manner, so we do not detect that difference."
Oh, now I'm off to look up subtractive color and find that OMGOMG this whole RYB primary color thing? SO eighteenth century!
"RYB (Red, Yellow, Blue) is the formerly standard set of subtractive primary colors used for mixing pigments. It is used in art and art education, particularly in painting. It predated modern scientific color theory."
Breaking News!-------------- Gary comes in with Starbucks and asks what I'm writing about.
Update -------------------Okay, it's half an hour later, and Gary has schooled me that there are actually four color systems, something to do with lasers and Wired magazine and mirrors.
Gary has something he wants to say:
"Ellen should do some research before she promotes herself as an expert in front of millions of people. There are a lot of things she doesn't know about emitted light, reflected light, the cones in our eyes, and so on. I have recommended a few articles she can read and make herself more knowledgeable about the subject before she expresses an opinion."
I ask, "But the Smart TV commercial is still stupid, right?"
"Oh, yes. It's completely oversimplified."
So, our perception of light is marred by the quality of light, just as your perception of Gary is marred by the filter you view him through.