So I brought this up earlier but it wasn't good form. Going forward I want to allow for greater freedom of voice but with a higher chance of critical but constructive examination.
Anyway, a recent peeve of mine is what I wanted to call "shockumentaries" for their tendency to shock it's audience into submission or cognitive dissonance. Googling "shockumentary" shows that this perhaps is not the right name for this genre but it feels like somebody must have coined a word for it already.
What I'm talking about is the ever growing trend of supposed "documentaries" that come at you with an agenda featured skewed science and hyperbole to make its case. Michael Moore might be a pioneer in this genre but since then we've had SuperSize Me, Food Inc, and now Forks Over Knives and that's just the more mainstream versions. I'm not even sure What The Bleep Do We Know or The Secret qualify but there are dozens more such examples featuring rawfood, newage hippie stuff and they are only obfuscating issues with emotionally charged rhetoric.
Don't get me wrong, I was like Michael Moore's hugest fan back in the day. I have The Awful Truth series on VHS! I was also a huge fan of SuperSize Me and the like but now that I have a modicum of critical thinking faculties, watching that movie and others like it grates the hell out of me for the pseudoscience it propagates. What we need more than ever is getting critical thinking skills into the public's hands. I feel these movies make things worse when they set a caricatured example of how science is done. Then, if science doesn't support their agenda they go deeper still and invent conspiracies.
This is especially troubling to me when animal rights people glom on to any media that supports their agenda. They celebrate movies and books that make exaggerated claims from a cherry picked studies that the common person could have no hope in ever parsing through on their own. It's weakening the movement and losing us good allies. It is one of the reasons why I left veganism in the first place.
Anyway, anybody have any thoughts on the matter or other examples?