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Re: Matt Wedel on the perils of doing documentaries
So paleontologists agree to be on TV programs, put in lots of time and
effort, provide images, papers, photographs, spend long hours in front
of cameras, and then end up decrying what was done to them and
explaining to list members how things went wrong. This pattern is
repeated again and again. So the lesson learned is ????????? As Nancy
Reagen quipped "Just say no."
Next time someone's approached to participate in a series, maybe the
people putting the program together should be shown Matt's blog about
his experience and asked, in writing, "what will you do to assure that
this doesn't happen to me?" Alternatively, if they want to buy your
talking head to use as they wish, compensation should be commensurate
with the distortion. If you can't take money directly, have them donate
to support your research program. If they plead poverty, ask to see the
salaries being paid to the production staff, money spent on food,
hotels, etc. The cash is there.
Andrew Simpson wrote:
I was so exited when I stumbled upon Clash of the Dinosaurs. I watched Perfect Predators. My sis was there to hear me counter much of the science. There was one or two things that were interesting enough that I didn't know for sure one way or the other and wanted to ask ya'll on the list about said but those questions are forgotten. Something about T-Rex I had never heard before. Oh and I'm not sure I believe a Quetzalcoatlus could leap into the air so easily. Did it really have super fast twitch muscles? Even if it had I think it would have needed some hops to get going. Even the bad CGI seems to suggest this.
And why do we think it was a baby eater? It might have been but have we found babies in it's tummy?
In the end I had to turn off the series 5 minutes into the 2nd episode for the reasons stated. Bad science, repetitive narration and the pain of watching the same 5 clips shown over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over was too much for me. When a dinosaur fiend like myself can't watch you're dinosaur show then you get an epic FAIL as your grade.
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Subject: Matt Wedel on the perils of doing documentaries
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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