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TV that Makes Me Angry

My new pet hate? "Medical Investigation", thursdays at 9.30. I wanted to like it, but it makes me full of rage. I am a rage bunny.

Take CSI (the bad parts) and mash it into ER (also the bad parts).

I find it insulting on an intellectual and a professional level. I mean, they took a swab, fed it into a computer, and then all these pictures of bacteria started flashing across the screen. A mix of EM images and Gram Stains. What the holy crap is up with that.

They actually used the line, "Now you're thinking like an epidemiologist".

And they have been mispronounciing bacterial species names.

Soon there are going to be legions of teenagers who think they know what it means to be a microbiologist/epidemiologist just because they've watched a TV show. Mark my words, this show is going to do to my field was Agent Dana Scully did to forensic science.

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vanadamme
Feb. 11th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Actually, as much as I hate to admit it the Americans are alright as far as their pronounciation of 'aluminum' goes. It was actually first named 'aluminum' but when the English got to it they changed it to 'aluminium' because all of the other metals in the same group ended with 'ium'.

At least, that's what Bill Bryson tells me.
designadrug
Feb. 11th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
heh - my tongue was firmly in my cheek there buddy. You should have heard the crap I copped for my accent while I was living in St Louis.

The story I heard in the US was that when aluminium siding first became available there, an advert was put up in Times Square that misspelled it to aluminum and because that was the first exposure of the public to the material itself (aside from specialists like scientists and engineers) it kind of stuck.

When I was working tech support in the states I have honestly had someone ask me "Whats a zed?"
I laugh because it was *my* fault...when in Rome as they say.

I also have a friend who made a faux-pas at a job interview. It was Quebec, and he said Z-DNA as "Zee-Dee-Enn-Ayy" and the interviewer said "We use zed this side of the border" to which my friend replied "Oh - that doesn't sound very french!"

:)