Do You Learn from TV?
To again break from the norm of posting news stories, I’d like to do a little bit of reflection. My research project talks a lot about television. For the bulk of our project, we are analyzing the two TV shows “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” But it is not just this project that allows me to interact with TV. In my first essay about the nature of science, I also discuss a lot of ways in which I associate science with the recognition of facts learned in low key ways from the media. For example, I received extra credit on a science test once from something I learned in Legally Blonde. Also, I know the names of a whole lot of bones due to the song Miley and Lily make up in “Hannah Montana”. So, what does all this mean? Could it be that television actually retains some educational value? It sort of seems that way, because there actually is a lot I have learned from watching TV and movies.
Yes, there are plenty of shows out there that have an educational purpose. And yes, I’m sure that there is plenty to learn from these shows, and I’m sure that there are many successful ways that these shows employ to communicate scientific information to whatever audience the show is aimed at. This is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about normal TV and regular movies which actually bring up things coincidentally which in turn teach us about science/really anything. There is honestly just so much I have learned over the years that I remember from TV and movies, and I can’t really pin why. Possibly it’s because I’m a visual learner. I think a huge component must be though that it is much more exciting to learn things from unexpected sources, such as one’s favorite movie.
What do you think? What have you learned from your favorite soap opera? Have you learned anything at all?