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Watching for Fun

Even when you just want to have fun, it’s important to think about what you’re watching on television or online.

Is it real or staged?

Medical, crime-fighting, and family shows may be based on real-life situations, but they often exaggerate emergencies, chase scenes, or jokes. Remember that such shows are designed just to entertain you. They are not real life.

Documentaries often re-enact important historical events, like the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Because this event took place more than 200 years ago, nothing new or modern should show up in any of the scenes. Watch and listen carefully. Try to tell the difference between what is real and what is staged.

Is it fact or opinion?

A movie star on a talk show may say, “It’s time for everyone to become a vegetarian.” Keep in mind that celebrities are not necessarily experts on nutrition and food. Their opinions are just that: opinions.

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