Worth watching : Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Ruins Everything – educational comedy TV series debunking various misconceptions and myths in our daily life. Providing links to studies and articles from science journals to prove claims being made in the show. In most episodes real scientists or specialists in the field also taking a part (1).
The idea is is not to believe everything Adam says, but rather force you to question the norms and common beliefs, and go for your own research. I found out many new things through watching the series, for example : that we don’t need to drink so much water, (very common myth about 2 liters of water a day), or that we don’t need to take extra vitamins daily, and by doing my own research I found studies and many lectures claiming the same statements.
Perfectly balanced edutainment – mix of humor and education, if you want to spent your time with fun and at the same time learn something new, you should watch the series.
What is really interesting is that huge part of all misconceptions & myths debunked in a show were created by business corporations and charlatans with the only intention to make a profit.
For example our artificially made “traditions” like :
Diamond engagement rings
Wedding ceremonies + all goods and services around
Were promotional campaigns to sell products, services & ideas. Making such massive and invasive marketing, so after a while we accept them as a norm, without even doubting or asking logical question why it is so, or where this “traditions” came from?
So called “charity and social campaigns” :
Toms Shoes “One for One”
Buying “green” & “eco” products
Are business models to make profit, either avoiding losing money, or gain something to themselves by speculations. In most cases such acts are useless, has none or very minimal benefit to the public. And could even harm people more than helping. In fact “recycling” campaigns were invented by corporations to shift blame from them to consumers, and put responsibility on their shoulders, instead of reducing, reusing and avoiding packaging. As a result they have saved money and “good face”, yet people think it’s normal to over-consume as long as they recycle. As a result we have more and more garbage every day.
Misconceptions like :
Effectiveness of lie detectors
Video games only for boys
Low fat diets
Are not working and not effective. It’s exaggerated by media to such extent that we approve everything as a norm, and truth. They do it for making a profit out of shocking, trendy or sensitive content, the more views the more advert places can be sold, the more money. Unless media not funded from interested corporations (which also happens quite often), they don’t deliberately misguide public, to be honest they don’t care about “truth” or consequences, they just need to keep their business going (I’ve explained that in detail in “For Profit Entertainment” book).
Things like :
Free use of websites like Facebook, Google and etc.
Same story – frauds, taking advantage of you in various forms.
In overall it’s very interesting how trade game forms our behavior, believes, traditions and thoughts. In order to make more money, so many problems are created. And imagine how many nonsensical “norms” “traditions” “campaigns” and “believes” could be avoided. If goods and services would be provided based on human needs and requirements, backed up by science and relevant information, and not by artificially made “need” to create more profit by misguiding and cheating public.
As it perfectly shown in the series, trade involves not only money, but also your attention, data, values, and anything else which can be used for some one advantage.
You can watch all series for free on Videoneat.
All links to studies and evidences mentioned in each episode (and in this article) can be found on this website.
I am musician and video maker, trying to understand how can we create more sane and equal world for everyone. I write books and blogs, support various projects like TROM. My main area of interest is entertainment industry, especially edutainment and social impact activities.