Thursday, September 13, 2012
Why Can't They Get It Right?
Oh, come on, people. Even my grandson knew the paddles of a defibrillator have to be applied directly to the patient's skin. I think I threw a pillow at the TV. This rates right up there with giving CPR to a victim who was conscious and talking - yes, I actually saw that in a show. I can't count the number of times I've seen CPR given by supposed professionals doing compressions by flexing their arms (if you don't know, the elbows remain locked and the body moves).
I know TV shows take a lot of liberties with reality. Female cops on the job in stiletto heels, showing six inches of cleavage. DNA results in under an hour. Vast databases that just happen to contain whatever piece of information is needed to close the case. But shouldn't they want to get at least the obvious stuff right?
Most writers I know put an incredible number of hours into research...to get it right. What would be the proper police procedure in this case? How would doctors handle this kind of injury? In a courtroom, would a judge allow... Well, you know what I mean. Even writers of sci fi and fantasy stick to the rules of whatever world they've created.
Why? Because we know our readers expect no less.
So why, when we close a book and switch on the TV, do we no longer care? Why don't we expect TV writers to get it right? Even a little bit?
Have you seen anything on TV lately that made you want to throw a pillow? What's one of your favorite "oh, come on" moments?
Quote of the Day:
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~ Mark Twain