Inquiries into Spoofs - Scientific Literacy and the Media

A colleague shared a video with me recently that really made me think.

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:

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.


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