It has been brought to my attention that I am sort of an anthropology snob and you know what I guess I kind of am. I find myself not being able to watch any TV shows or movies that showcase anthropological topics. The first and foremost of these happens to be the show Bones. Now one would think since I ADORE Kathy Reichs (maybe a little too much at times) that I would love the show. I mean David Boreanaz is on it and I LOVE the show Angel (once again, I know I love that show too much) but there is the unrealistic factor about it that I can't get around.
My motto has always been "don't knock it until you've tried it." If there is something that other people claim is so amazing I will try it out to see what all the hype is about. Hell, I even tried to read Fifty Shades of Grey for that very purpose. But I digress... I could talk about that monstrocity for ever. Point is I really tried to watch Bones. It has such potential and then they brought out the freaking hologram machine that could magically determine anything about a person from their remains.
Now I've talked before in my posts about how there are tools that anthropologists use to determine things about remains. One can determine race, gender, age, and many other things just from the bones of a person. What anthropologists can't do is then display that in this 3D image that awes all in the lab with it's magical powers. So yeah... the Bones ship sailed for me pretty quickly.
Call me a bone snob, but I just can't get into it. CSI is the same way for me, or any of those shows where they can "enhance" pretty much anything or find DNA matches in 5 minutes or less. In fact one of the first videos we ever watched in my Forensic Archeaology class was this montage of "enhance it" moments from TV and movies: