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Forensic Fictions: Science, Storytelling and Media Production

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Television combines the creation of a dramatic structure, character development and a narrative drive in a media format that includes a visual focus, temporal constraints, franchise dependence, and an episodic or serial nature. Science provides both advantages and challenges to storytelling in this media environment. This paper will explore science’s impact on the process of modern storytelling by examining how media practitioners utilize, negotiate and transform science during television production. Forensics in fictional television provides an ideal subject for exploring science’s role in modern storytelling. Forensic television dramas are an increasingly popular genre and there is growing evidence that these shows impact the public’s scientific literacy and influence jury behavior. In addition, forensics represents a practical application of both clinical medicine and medical science, involves professional cultures outside the scientific community including law enforcement, and has controversial aspects such as behavioral profiling. It is always important to keep in mind that the content of media texts is determined entirely by choices made during production. The stories in these texts are the sum total of production decisions and we need to acknowledge the agency of those who made these decisions. Studying forensic science’s role in media production will help us understand how entertainment producers balance the certainty of forensic science alongside the uncertainty that is required for narrative progression. This paper will based on interviews with the creators, producers and script writers of Lie to Me, Bones, CSI, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, and Diagnosis Murder.
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Kirby, David. "Forensic Fictions: Science, Storytelling and Media Production" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518226_index.html>

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Kirby, D. "Forensic Fictions: Science, Storytelling and Media Production" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p518226_index.html

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Abstract: Television combines the creation of a dramatic structure, character development and a narrative drive in a media format that includes a visual focus, temporal constraints, franchise dependence, and an episodic or serial nature. Science provides both advantages and challenges to storytelling in this media environment. This paper will explore science’s impact on the process of modern storytelling by examining how media practitioners utilize, negotiate and transform science during television production. Forensics in fictional television provides an ideal subject for exploring science’s role in modern storytelling. Forensic television dramas are an increasingly popular genre and there is growing evidence that these shows impact the public’s scientific literacy and influence jury behavior. In addition, forensics represents a practical application of both clinical medicine and medical science, involves professional cultures outside the scientific community including law enforcement, and has controversial aspects such as behavioral profiling. It is always important to keep in mind that the content of media texts is determined entirely by choices made during production. The stories in these texts are the sum total of production decisions and we need to acknowledge the agency of those who made these decisions. Studying forensic science’s role in media production will help us understand how entertainment producers balance the certainty of forensic science alongside the uncertainty that is required for narrative progression. This paper will based on interviews with the creators, producers and script writers of Lie to Me, Bones, CSI, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, and Diagnosis Murder.


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