The Mad Scientist Archetype Is Portrayed In The Media

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How The Mad Scientist Archetype Is Portrayed In The Media A common stereotype of scientists in the media is the “mad” scientist role. This is a chilling figure that appears in many movies and television shows that feature scientists. They are portrayed as someone who is sinister and isolated. The book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema by David Kirby talks about how science is inaccurately shown in the media. He notes, “cinematic depictions of science involve the production and presentation of an image of science, whether or not the science has anything to do with the “real” science” (Kirby 117). An insane scientist is not actually a realistic label but adds drama to the media, which is why it is used. The typecast of a scientist being insane and sheltered may turn many children away from joining a STEM career. Many scholars have researched this “mad” scientist stereotype. However, the researchers have not discussed the children’s show Phineas and Ferb. One main character in the show is a crazy scientist, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. This popular show has been watched by millions of children and may have impacted their ideas and turned them away from being a scientist due to the stereotype of scientists being bizarre and unsociable. Producers in the media create these villain-like scientists for the thrill in movies and television series. Christopher Frayling the author of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous states “there are many really scary things we dimly

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