Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Right's Battle Against Science Extends to Imax Theaters

In a previous discussion of Disney World, I commented on how Disney often supports diversity and scientific ideas in an age when science is under attack from the right wing. I noted how Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy promotes the ideas of creation of the universe in the big bang, discusses evolution, and is hosted by lesbian Ellen DeGeneres. In another era we would take it for granted that educational movies would include evolution and the big bang, but we cannot take this for granted in Bush World. The New York Times reports on how several Imax theaters, including some in science museums, are being intimitated from displaying scientific ideas:

A New Screen Test for Imax: It's the Bible vs. the Volcano
By CORNELIA DEAN

The fight over evolution has reached the big, big screen.

Several Imax theaters, including some in science museums, are refusing to show movies that mention the subject - or the Big Bang or the geology of the earth - fearing protests from people who object to films that contradict biblical descriptions of the origin of Earth and its creatures.

The number of theaters rejecting such films is small, people in the industry say - perhaps a dozen or fewer, most in the South. But because only a few dozen Imax theaters routinely show science documentaries, the decisions of a few can have a big impact on a film's bottom line - or a producer's decision to make a documentary in the first place.

People who follow trends at commercial and institutional Imax theaters say that in recent years, religious controversy has adversely affected the distribution of a number of films, including "Cosmic Voyage," which depicts the universe in dimensions running from the scale of subatomic particles to clusters of galaxies; "Galápagos," about the islands where Darwin theorized about evolution; and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," an underwater epic about the bizarre creatures that flourish in the hot, sulfurous emanations from vents in the ocean floor.

"Volcanoes," released in 2003 and sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and Rutgers University, has been turned down at about a dozen science centers, mostly in the South, said Dr. Richard Lutz, the Rutgers oceanographer who was chief scientist for the film. He said theater officials rejected the film because of its brief references to evolution, in particular to the possibility that life on Earth originated at the undersea vents.

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2 Comments:

Blogger raindog said...

I love it! Zero comments on all the crap you whining commies post. I'm laughing so hard I think I just soiled myself!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

The comments are on our main blog, where we are now getting over 5000 page hits per week and many comments. Post election we are just mirroring material here.

Commies? If we're commies, what does that make the Republicans, who have become the real party of big government?

5:36 PM  

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