Although global warming is well accepted in the scientific world, the concept has been strongly rejected by much of the American public. Since CSI type television shows are very popular, as well as court and crime dramas, I’ve wondered if this conflict on global warming doesn’t present us with a potentially new type of reality TV show.
Put global warming on public trial. Let both sides of the argument present witnesses and testimony. Let the TV viewers be the jury. It will be hard to develop the show without bias, but if it’s designed right, we might get close to impartiality in the structure of the trial. The prosecution will be the scientists with the crime being that humanity is causing global warming. The defense will be all the people who believe humanity is innocent.
To make the show more interesting, it would be appealing to have real trial lawyers working each side of the case, and maybe even a real judge, or judges to preside over procedures. This would be an expensive show to produce, and it could take months to play out. To make it more appealing, we should allow the public to vote on the progress in each episode, and to vote on aspects of how the trail is being conducted.
I know the public will vote the way they feel now about the subject – how impartial is Dancing with the Stars? It will be interesting to see if the numbers change though. Can people be persuaded by facts?
This could be the trial of the century, and people love those. Certainly, global warming could be the crime of the century.
If such a show was developed, it could be very popular. I’m tired of the old reality shows. Having a more realistic reality show is appealing. And once this case is over, pick another.
JWH – 7/7/12