Senior Project Advisor
Marine. Misconceptions. Popular Culture. Documentary.
The underwater world is one of the least understood realms on our planet. It exists in our minds as a sort of alternative reality that has been shaped by underwater imaginaries such as Jacques Cousteau, Netflix, and Disney. These pop culture depictions of the ocean play off ideas such as a “stranger in this ecosystem” narrative and deceptions of the senses to present a more captivating version of the underwater world. Ones that’s purpose is not to inform, rather to entertain. Drawing on my own experience as a diver and marine biologist, I will explore these deceptions to provide a more complete window into life below the waves. I hope to dispel these misconceptions and encourage people to think critically about popular depictions of the marine world.
Brubaker, Ryan T., "The Marine World: Its Misrepresentation in Popular Depictions" (2021). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 451.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Sea in motion pictures; Underwater exploration; Film criticism
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