Is Hollywood Obligated to be Realistic?

Writer Emily Steele brought up the topic of medical inaccuracies portrayed by Hollywood shows and films early this morning, Thursday, May 14, for Herald-Review.com.  Additionally, some inaccuracies foster discrimination toward certain groups of people — especially those with mental health issues.

Should Hollywood be obligated to show only realism?Well, a lot of current technologies used in medicine started out as fiction on small and big screens. For example, the handheld medical scanner was a Star Trek original series invention; as was the medication auto-injector. Other medical-related technologies that people use today that were first seen in Star Trek and other science fiction TV shows and films include handheld touch-screen computers, universal translators and micro-lasers.

Given these facts, what percentage of Hollywood’s portrayals of medical practices should be accurate?

Some experts, critics and fans like Adam believe that Hollywood should do its best to at least portray “current” medical technologies, emergency protocols and information as accurately as possible to prevent TV and film viewers from being confused about what doctors, EMTs, firefighters, police officers, nurses and other medical staff, and normal people can really do when faced with illnesses and emergencies.

After all, online medical databases and CGI make it entirely possible to accurately portray modern medicine.

One thought on “Is Hollywood Obligated to be Realistic?”

  1. As her experts point out in the piece, medical inaccuracies in entertainment can lead people to do things the wrong way during emergencies resulting in serious injuries and death. It is indeed worrisome that bestessay did not have these things with them and I doubt it too.

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