Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a follow-up to the TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Cosmos takes the world of space and time and makes it understandable and enjoyable to the public. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist is the presenter of the show. He has been a sort of public face for science these past few years.

Cosmos is something I would never consider watching, however, after catching 10 minutes of one episode, I was hooked. The show takes an extensive view at the universe and how the universe works. The viewer travels from microscopic life on Earth, to exploring the possibility of life in other parts of the planets. It is a journey that made me stop and think about how tiny we are, and how much we still have to discover.

The show seemed to catch on with the general public very quickly. It was discussed daily on Reddit.com and other websites. One of the shows executive producers is Seth MacFarlane, which I believe also contributed to the shows success. Through the usage of mass media, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is quickly becoming a great example of science and popular culture today.

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2 years ago
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If you like this should, you should probably be aware that while, as far as my understanding goes, the science explained in the show is fantastic, the history actually mentioned is terrible.

I enjoyed the show, but you just have to know what it is and isn't.

2 years ago
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I think the initial popularity is based on the "celebrity" of Neil deGrasse Tyson. He seems to be the new "face" of science for this generation, as evidenced by his merchandizing his likeness. https://www.etsy.com/market/neil_degrasse_tyson
I also think society's current embracing of "nerd culture" is drawing viewers as well.

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2 years ago
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The tackk inserted ad tells me someone made a cross stitch pattern of Neil Degrasse Tyson?

Thats... odd.

2 years ago
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The cross stitch NdGT link was inserted by me. It goes to Etsy and shows the merchandizing that is happening using his name and image. I don't think Carl Sagan enjoyed the same level of nick-nackery.

2 years ago
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Not much to say about this except that my roommate tried to get me to watch it once and I declined, thinking it would not be something that would catch my interest. But after reading this I think I really need to give it a watch!

2 years ago
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It's interesting how much pop culture plays into things that everyone knows about. I really only knew about this because I remember thinking it was odd that Seth MacFarlane's name was tacked onto it...