It got me thinking about Scientific Literacy and the Media. I watch this video and I see spoof. No questions. When I showed it to my kids, 3/12 thought it might be fake, and the rest were entirely convinced that it was real.
Videos like this are a powerful way to delve into this topic. And there are many more out there. They van open up many roads of inquiry. From this one here a couple that came to mind:
- Are these rides even scientifically possible?
- What is it about the scientist that makes you trust him as a person?
- Which was attracting your attention more; the quality of his science or the impressiveness of the visuals?
- What media conventions do these that make this so realistic?
I have started a gDoc to start collecting more of these types of inquiries. Please email me if you would like to contribute to building up a database of science/media resources.
Spoofs and Mockumentaries make you think.
Here are a couple more:
SAVE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE OCTOPUS
A site dedicated to saving an endangered tree octopus. Very thorough.
This one is actually trying to sell you a product. Shoes. Really waterproof shoes. It uses the image of cool very successfully. I deconstructed this with my kids last year. Fascinating ideas about media embedded in this.
Science is like a candle in the dark, but it can also be like a dark tunnel if we aren't literate in its language and methods.