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12. 12. 2008

More and more TV shows need scientists on staff


Ever since the CSI franchise became such a big-earner, TV shows have been looking for ways to integrate high gadgetry and complex science with great storytelling, to satisfy the geek in all of us.

But programs like Dexter, House and Fringe only work if the science stands up to scrutiny. So it's becoming increasingly common for screenwriters to have engineers, surgeons, mathematicians, forensic scientists and top tech boffins on call or even on staff.

I have to say, I have mixed feelings about this: as a viewer, I'm all for realistic storylines. But as a writer, it's galling to hear that geniuses of the science and tech fields are being brilliant at what used to be strictly the province of screenwriters.

Via Wired.

Image: Sony.

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I, on the other hand, find it incredibly frustrating when television shows get science wrong. As a matter of fact, it strikes me that science writing is generally done by people with limited science education. There are frequently glaring errors in popular media including news sources that you'd think of as being reputable.

Scientists use writers as consultants. Writers use scientists as consultants. I see nothing wrong with this.

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