Mar 15, 2019

My name is Mina S. and I am excited to begin my senior project! I have always loved watching television and films, but it became my passion after I took an NYU class on the subject. As my interest evolved, and became a part of my daily life, I realized that it dictates how I interact with people on a day-to-day basis. With this realization, , I became more intrigued with the effects the media has on individuals, especially when it matters most. Throughout my high school career, I watched a number of crime television shows and documentaries featuring forensic science. I began to notice the inconsistencies with the information Bones and CSI presented to its intended audience. On the other hand, documentaries such as Thin Blue Line and Central Park Five are examples of those issues affecting the real world. For my senior project, I am going to examine these two shows and two films and investigate the effects they have on viewers, especially looking at the forensics involved. I will be able to expand my ideas while working at Reel Works, an organization that teaches NYC youth the basics of filmmaking. I will add another dimension to my investigation by interviewing the aspiring filmmakers at Reel Works and accomplished forensic scientists who work at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. This project’s significance will educate viewers to recognize the impacts of pop culture and the inaccuracies presented to them.  

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