'It's Our Job to Know Stuff': The Epistemology of CSI
Media Studies (Pomona)
knowledge, television, crime
This compilation of brief clips begins with a paradigmatic scene from episode 101 of CSI, "Cool Change," which lays out the show’s most basic philosophical premises: "It’s our job to know stuff," Grissom points out, but the importance of the origins of that knowledge is made clear as well. When Sara hints that Grissom might have relied on computer simulations for his data rather than tossing dummies off a building, Grissom responds somewhat defensively: "No, thank you. I’m a scientist. I like to see it." So does the audience, of course, but when we get to "see it," the irony is that (as in the second clip) it’s made possible precisely by the sophisticated computer simulations that Grissom eschews.
© 2007 Kathleen Fitzpatrick
"'It's Our Job to Know Stuff': The Epistemology of CSI." In "In Media Res." MediaCommons. 30 July 2007. Online: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/videos/2007/07/30/its-our-job-to-know-stuff-the-epistemology-of-csi/.