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Misinformation in Movies [message #94245] Mon, 16 August 2021 10:38 Go to next message
Zart is currently offline  Zart
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I know directors only want to make their movies appealing to capture the audience's interests. However, it's such a shame when they would go so far as to include false information in it. The thrill makes me excited at first, but it gets disappointing whenever I'd learn from the reviews the inaccuracy of a movie. What kind of misleading information is tolerable for you when it comes to entertainment?
Re: Misinformation in Movies [message #94246 is a reply to message #94245] Mon, 16 August 2021 10:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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I've often thought how I need to "suspend disbelief" to enjoy some - if not most - movies. Pretty much all science fiction and similar genres require this. Even if the writer and director make every effort to make their story believable, it's usually from mildly remarkable to wildly impossible. So to enjoy most movies, I must suspend disbelief.

But I am very critical of misinformation, manipulation and agenda-bias. I can't stand virtue-signaling and similar forms of manipulation in any form, be they personal or organizational agendas. So that doesn't fall into the realm of things I'll suspend disbelief to enjoy. If I sense an ideological agenda, it's much less likely I'll enjoy the movie, and will probably refuse to sit through it at all.

This goes double for "factual information sources" like documentaries and also for media outlets, whether they be distributed in video, online or print.
Re: Misinformation in Movies [message #94261 is a reply to message #94245] Tue, 17 August 2021 18:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
LCallan is currently offline  LCallan
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Zart wrote on Mon, 16 August 2021 10:38
What kind of misleading information is tolerable for you when it comes to entertainment?
I can handle anything that doesn't encourage dangerous behavior. Otherwise, I just assume that it's fictional television. Some shows that were set in the past are really bad at getting the historical period right. I try to ignore it.
Re: Misinformation in Movies [message #94287 is a reply to message #94246] Fri, 20 August 2021 02:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Spotifier is currently offline  Spotifier
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I feel the same way about this, especially after my friend told me that some documentaries could have false information because of sponsorship. When it comes to educational films, it might be better to look into peer-reviewed articles.

Wayne Parham wrote on Mon, 16 August 2021 10:57

This goes double for "factual information sources" like documentaries and also for media outlets, whether they be distributed in video, online or print.
Re: Misinformation in Movies [message #94310 is a reply to message #94245] Fri, 27 August 2021 22:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Beck is currently offline  Beck
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It's not acceptable for me when movies misrepresent stories of real people. "Memoirs of a Geisha" is an example of a film with many inaccuracies, which I found unfair to the people living that kind of life. Directors should remain critical and sensitive when making shows about other's cultures.
Re: Misinformation in Movies [message #94327 is a reply to message #94310] Mon, 30 August 2021 21:21 Go to previous message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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+1 Wayne. I have a science/math background (engineering / microbiology) and deal with things that I can test or prove and false, misleading or incorrect information drives me nuts. Pure fantasy is OK as long as it is labeled as such.

Good Listening
Bruce
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