TV shows get nuclear wrong - Deepstash

deepstash

Beta

deepstash

Beta

Why HBO's "Chernobyl" Gets Nuclear So Wrong

TV shows get nuclear wrong

Television gets nuclear wrong not only for dramatic effects, but for the same reason humankind as a whole has been getting it wrong for over 60 years, which is that we’ve displaced our fears of nuclear weapons onto nuclear power plants.

7 SAVES


This is a professional note extracted from an online article.

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

IDEA EXTRACTED FROM:

Why HBO's "Chernobyl" Gets Nuclear So Wrong

Why HBO's "Chernobyl" Gets Nuclear So Wrong

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/06/06/why-hbos-chernobyl-gets-nuclear-so-wrong/

forbes.com

4

Key Ideas

Nuclear energy as a negative character

In televison, nuclear is not the context but the antagonist. It becomes a demon: It is constantly talked about, its nature endlessly debated and described.

And that demon terrifies people, because it could happed again one day.

Radiation inaccuracies

Radiation is not contagious. Once someone has removed their clothes and been washed, the radioactivity is internalized.

After nuclear disasters, hospitals do isolate radiation victims behind plastic screens, but that's because their immune systems have been weakened and they are at risk of being exposed to something they can’t handle

The safest way to make electricity

Nuclear is actully the safest way to make electricity. In the worst nuclear power accidents, relatively small amounts of particulate matter escape, harming only a handful of people.

During the rest of the time, nuclear plants emit no carbon dioxide and are reducing exposure to air pollution, by replacing fossil fuels and biomass. 

EXPLORE MORE AROUND THESE TOPICS:

SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

The discovery and use of Uranium
The discovery and use of Uranium

Uranium was first used as a coloring agent in the manufacture of pottery. As early as 79 CE, naturally-occurring uranium oxide was ground up into a yellow powder and applied as a pottery glaze.

...
Uranium and electrical energy
  • Uranium is energy-dense. In 2018, uranium powered nuclear reactors produced 2,700 terawatt-hours of ultra low-carbon electricity. One terawatt-hour of energy is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 27,000 European citizens.
  • Electricity production from nuclear energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy production, even when nuclear waste is taken into account. Nuclear waste storage is currently resulting in little mortality and illness, as the waste is contained within the grounds of the nuclear power plants themselves.
Seinfeld
Seinfeld

It's one of the most successful TV shows ever made. Its pilot, “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” aired in 1989, but its second episode didn’t air until May of 1990.

Jerry Seinfeld's observationa...

Writing sitcoms

Seinfeld changed the way sitcom stories are written. Until then, most sitcoms had A-story and a B-story, and a joke continued throughout the episode and told a very loose story but didn’t do much more than that.

Seinfeld didn't follow that pattern, because every character has their own storyline, all four of which converge in the final moments to create a whole that’s larger than its parts.

The age of antiheroes
Seinfeld is most likely the first series to dare the audience to identify with its characters by seeing their own worst traits reflected in them.

George, for example, is perhaps the show’s most repulsive character, but the public empathized with him because they recognize in him all of the times they've been unable to escape their own limitations and weaknesses.

3 more ideas

Astrology and cultural acceptance

Astrology is currently enjoying a broad cultural acceptance through the Internet. It is a content business as well as a traditional spiritual practice.

Many people are explaining themselv...

Popularity of astrology

The rise of astrology is explained as a result of the decline of organized religion and the insecurity of the economy and politics. 

People want some stability in a world of chaos where they wonder what is going on in their lives.

Astrology

At the center of astrology is the pattern of a person’s life that corresponds to the planetary pattern at the moment of his birth.

Astrology has helped people decide when to plant crops or go to war. It is used to predict a person's life and interpret his character. For some, astrology can explain everything, from earthquakes to the rise of social media.

3 more ideas