We Need to Talk About Realism in Media

In the rush to prove how superior our knowledge of century-old ship designs are, we’ve forgotten to care about people.

[Insert joke about cable news here] It should be a news flash to no one that popular media isn’t realistic. And really, it can’t be. Most media is telling a story, a story that has to be compelling (and physically possible to make and consume), and fits within a certain time frame. Even if you’re telling the most true-to-life biopic ever, it’s still expected to be two hours long, not half a century long. No one is going to watch a movie or show that documents every minute of someone (regardless of how interesting/important/inspiring their life was) sleeping, eating, filing their taxes, etc. Even The Truman Show had a time slot. Even with reality TV, the “authenticity” can be (and…

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Wendy

I'm a freelance writer and graduate student who loves all things nerdy!

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