By Mark Changizi
…The difference, then, between a live show seen up close and a 3D movie of the same show is that the former pulls just one or several audience members into the thick of the story, whereas 3D movies have this effect on everyone. So part of the fun of these movies is not they are 3D: the fun is in being targeted. And that fundamentally alters the emotional experience. It no longer feels like a story about others, but becomes a story that invades your space – perhaps threateningly, perhaps provocatively, perhaps joyously.
No, we don’t suffer the indignity of 3D glasses for the “popping-out feeling”. We enjoy 3D movies because when we watch them we are no longer mere audience members at all.