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Vobornik_ Elisabethorloff_Project2RoughDraft - Project 2...

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Project 2 Mark Vobornik ENG 102 Seeing is Believing; How the Media and Hollywood is Changing the Way People Perceive the Weather Weather is truly a fascinating thing. Think about how much weather effects your life. Think about how much people (yourself included) talk about it. It’s the subject of many conver- sations throughout the day and only seems to get worse as we get older. Samuel Johnson, a fam- ous English author, complained in the middle of the eighteenth century that “when two English- men meet, their first talk is of the weather; they are in haste to tell each other, what they must already know, that it is hot or cold, bright or cloudy, windy or calm.” For it is our inherent in - terest of weather, not just to discuss it but also to understand it, which makes us so very vulner - able to it—a vulnerability that is too often exploited by Hollywood and the media. Far too often we believe way too much of what we see and what we hear. A perfect ex- ample of this is on television or in the movie theatre. How many times have you cried during a sad scene in a movie, or screamed at the sight of zombie that jumped out of no where, even though you know the story is entirely fictional, and the actor or actress in real life still resides peacefully, and alive, in their Malibu beach house? This has been the subject of many psycholo-
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gical studies and reveals a deep, emotional, and empathetic component to most people, but also it exposes our vulnerability; our vulnerability to believe too much of what we see. The effects of movies on our easily-tricked minds carries a lot of weight, and is not only witnessed when we cry during sad scenes or cheer during happy ones; it applies to movies about science—particularly those that are enhanced with Computer Graphics Imagery (CGI); movies such as “Twister,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” or “2012.” These movies depict scenes of tragedy and despair, and all at the hand of science—in this case, weather science. Some scenes show “super” hurricanes wiping out entire cities and their populations, others show super- -massive tornadoes, tidal waves, floods, and freezes. The scene in “The Day After Tomorrow,” of New York City freezing solid is perhaps most notable. So what is so wrong with making fictional movies depicting the weather?
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