Friday, August 05, 2005

US military scientists go to film school

"According to the New York Times, the US military is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to send scientists on a screenwriting course in Los Angeles, with the aim of producing movies and television shows that portray scientists in a flattering light.

"It is being billed as a radical solution to one of America's most vexing long-term national security problems: the drastic decline in the number of US students pursuing science and engineering.

"The students at a five-day course at the American Film Institute included experts in rocket science, nanotechnology and genetics.

"They agreed that films such as Deep Impact, the 1998 blockbuster starring Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman, were the sort that should be emulated."

Huh? Is this so that whatever research and breakthroughs they unearth can be made into a movie, thereby making people believe in them less? Conspiracy theories, anyone?

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