Last week we covered a good chunk of a talk about science in the movies, but there’s still a bit more I want to touch on.
If you didn’t read the last post, here’s a recap of points made by scientists and Hollywood folks at a panel hosted by the Science and Entertainment Exchange:
- Science portrayed correctly in movies and TV shows more ‘em more plausible
- More plausibility means better, more profitable productions
- Scientists are cool if Hollywood distorts one or two big scientific concepts for a good story — but good science should always follow
- Hollywood (and the Internet) can influence millions more science-curious people than any professor in a classroom
That’s not to say that Hollywood elites and scientists have donned flowered garlands and are frolicking together barefoot in a Utopian garden of peace. Far from it.
Hollywood writers/producers and scientists may never get there, and you may shrug your shoulders at the notion. Yet I feel — and I know scientists do as well — that this is not just a fun, cerebral discussion for shits and giggles. It’s super important stuff. (more…)