The Truth and Fiction of Nature Documentaries


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"The natural world on film has never looked better," Good writes, "Which, in a way, is a pity." While spectacular nature documentaries inspire people to preserve threatened wildland, they go on, these same films can lull viewers into a complacent nonchalance as well.

So are we better off with an audience rapt by Planet Earth, or an entertainment experience that leaves nature outdoors, where it belongs?Good writes:

Charles Siebert argues that nature documentaries are more telling as objects of human creation than studies of the natural world. The nature documentary, he says, is like a city...Nature is the antithesis: slow, earthly, camera-shy. But one thing is certain: Nature, or our version of it, sells.

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