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A Remarkable Number of People Think 'The Martian' Is Based On a True Story (buzzfeed.com) 367

MarkWhittington writes: The Martian is a smash hit movie that made $100 million worldwide during its first weekend. The science and engineering depicted was, with certain notable exceptions, near perfect. The cinematography and special effects were so well done that one could almost imagine that Ridley Scott sent Matt Damon and a film crew to Mars to shoot the movie. In fact, perhaps the film was a little too good. Buzzfeed took a stroll through social media and discovered that many people think that The Martian is based on a true story.
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A Remarkable Number of People Think 'The Martian' Is Based On a True Story

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  • People are idiots. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:05AM (#50684047)

    Nothing new about it.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:27AM (#50684123)

      What the fuck is happening to Slashdot? I mean Buzzfeed? Examiner? If I wanted stupidity I'd head over to Digg. Where has all the intelligence gone?

    • Quite a few people know that it was shot in Wadi Rum in Jordan and is based on a novel. Them poor souls . Ignorance is bliss especially when watching a movie.
    • Half of all people are below average intelligence.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Half of people are below median intelligence. That might not coincide exactly with the mean.
      • Half of all people are below average intelligence.

        No. It's a bell curve distribution, not a line with a point at 100. Half of all people being below average would mean that no one was average. The vast majority of people are average because "average" is a small range in the middle of the bell curve. The area under the section under the curve relative to the total area under the whole curve indicates the percentage of the population. Even if you assume IQ 100 and only IQ 100 as average there are still a lot of people in that slot. Also, a very large p

        • So remember, when you hear about study results that say 40% of "adults on the street" can't point to Africa on a map, they're talking about a smidgeon of below average people, some of the average people, and even some of the above average people. Be happy that they know what Africa is, a map is, and that either can be on the other, but only in different ways. That they point to the wrong part of the map (or believe a movie to be "based on a true story") shows they know something.

          "Idiocracy" was supposed to be a warning, not a motivational poster.

  • by tanveer1979 ( 530624 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:07AM (#50684055) Homepage Journal

    What next, funniest moments of astronauts brought to you by scoopwhoop?

  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by geogob ( 569250 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:10AM (#50684061)

    A post on Slashdot related to the fact that many people lack basic education and/or skills to basic reasoning skills?
    And over the top linking/citing a buzzfeed post? Are they now directly feeding their facebook wall on /. now?

    I wonder what's worse: A few people believing a film is based on a true story when it obviously can't or the fact that this is posted here. I will ponder on that.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Corporations are inherently evil.
    The government actually cares about them.
    Communism/socialism are viable systems of government.
    There is a diversity problem in tech.
    Everyone needs a stem education.
    Open source projects need to be nicer and have codes of conduct.

    I am sure they will all have a good laugh at the stupid people who believe "The Martian" is real

  • Really what the poll was asking was "How many of you people are idiots". I'll give a pass to the elderly and mentally infirm who modern polling disproportionally represents but these numbers are too high to not represent a good number of complete idiots.

    • by skam240 ( 789197 )

      Alright, I'll be honest. I posted before I RTFA. This poll is garbage although I'll stick to my guns that anyone who thinks the movie is real life is one of my above mentioned catagories

  • The same thing happened when Independence Day came out. Some people have no concept of reality. Nothing to see here, move along.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=ID4%20bas... [lmgtfy.com]

  • by khelms ( 772692 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:20AM (#50684109)
    who think the moon landings were a hoax.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Probably are. A little cognitive dissonance is nothing for those people :-).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:20AM (#50684111)

    After Apollo 13 (based on a true story) and Interstellar (based on a true story) it's no surprise that people would think that The Martian is continuing the trend. Hell, it even stars Matt Damon, from the previous one. How are they supposed to keep it straight?! /satire

  • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:28AM (#50684131)

    It's obviously fiction, just like Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (everyone knows you can't put a square peg in a round hole), Neal Armstrong in Apollo XI Landing (dead giveaway, where did they "go"? There are no bathrooms no the moon!), and Steve Coogan in Around the World in 80 Days (the lizard people grab anyone who gets too close to the edge).

  • Remarkable people (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JanneM ( 7445 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:28AM (#50684133) Homepage

    A remarkable number of people believe homeopathy works. A remarkable number of people believe in gods, devils, prophets and an afterlife. A remarkable number of people believe scrying, remote sensing, dousing or fortune telling is real. A remarkable number of people firmly believe various economic, political or social "truths" in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    A remarkable number of people are intelligent, well-adjusted and successful in their lives, and still manage to hold one or several of the beliefs above without ever experiencing any sense of disconnect. Those remarkable people almost certainly includes myself, and most likely you as well.

    • Not me . dude.
    • by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @03:11AM (#50684283) Homepage Journal

      I've often wondered how much our media actually sways public perception.

      To take an example, consider the TV series "West Wing" [wikipedia.org], which ran from from 2000 - 2007. This was during most of the Bush administration.

      In the series, the president (played by Martin Sheen) was powerful, smart, compassionate, and likeable. The character was a Nobel Prize laureate in economics(*), and pretty-much the pinnacle of personal achievement.

      For comparison, note that Dennis Kucinich brought 35 articles of impeachment [wikipedia.org] against Bush at the end of his term, including taking the country into war for no just cause.

      (I don't bring this up to cast aspersions on the man or party, only to show that there was widespread disapproval with some justification at the time.)

      I can't help but wonder if peoples' perception of the president's actions were somehow biased because of the "West Wing" series. It was highly popular, and the character of the president (in the series) was one who garnered a lot of respect.

      Would the public have been less tolerant of Bush without "West Wing" running concurrently with his term?

      I wonder what other effects that TV and entertainment might have on the population. Does everyone's view of police stem from CSI, Hawaii 5-0, and Hill Street Blues? We see all the time how police risk their lives to protect the innocent, for example... on TV. Do people use their TV viewing as the basis for their assessment of reality?

      (*) And in one particular moment during the show, someone asked the president about NAFTA and whether opening up free trade would hurt America, and Martin Sheen (as the president) stated something like "every economist thinks it would be to our benefit".

      • I think that you are absolutely right. Take for example all those who refuse to wear seatbelts because they are afraid to be stuck in a car since they know that cars always explode after a crash. Since movies and tv series display things that most people have no direct experience of (like how it's like to be a president or a police officer) then what you see on the screen probably registers as experience in their brains.

        This is also why trends in movies change what people see as authentic. For example in t

    • by Feral Nerd ( 3929873 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @05:15AM (#50684607)

      A remarkable number of people believe homeopathy works. A remarkable number of people believe in gods, devils, prophets and an afterlife. A remarkable number of people believe scrying, remote sensing, dousing or fortune telling is real. A remarkable number of people firmly believe various economic, political or social "truths" in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

      A remarkable number of people are intelligent, well-adjusted and successful in their lives, and still manage to hold one or several of the beliefs above without ever experiencing any sense of disconnect. Those remarkable people almost certainly includes myself, and most likely you as well.

      Why don't we turn the "NASA faked the moon landings" conspiracy theory on it's head and convince the tinfoil-hat community NASA has secretly sent astronauts to Mars? I'm challenging all Slashdot users to discreetly spread rumours and manifestly fake and/or weak evidence that NASA has secretly gone to Mars and that this film is a reenactment documentary based on revelations by a mysterious unidentified NASA whistle blower thus fanning the flames of this simple misconception among a few uninformed people into a full blown conspiracy theory. If people believe NASA faked the moon landings even though you can see the astronaut's footprints on the moon to this day they'll swallow this story hook line and sinker since the believability of a conspiracy theory seems to be inversely proportional to the amount of evidence proving that it is a big steaming pile of bullshit.

    • A remarkable number of people are intelligent, well-adjusted and successful in their lives, and still manage to hold one or several of the beliefs above without ever experiencing any sense of disconnect.

      Without ever consciously experiencing any sense of disconnect, you mean.

      Those remarkable people

      There's nothing remarkable about willful ignorance. It is the normal state for the majority.

    • by Zobeid ( 314469 )

      I find many people will believe just about anything as long as it doesn't impact their lives directly. They'll believe whatever they find amusing to believe -- and I've been there myself when I was young, with UFOs and other Fortean stuff.

      When it comes to something that does impact their daily life -- like anything related to money, for example -- they suddenly become die-hard skeptics and want to see proof of everything.

  • ...who thought Apollo 13 was fiction.

  • The irony (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ruir ( 2709173 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @02:49AM (#50684205)
    Some even think this kind of mental masturbation is actually the real slashdot.
    • Some even think this kind of mental masturbation is actually the real slashdot.

      At least it's closer than the usual dicevertisement.

  • Do you know any adblocker that hides "slashdot" hollywood blatant adverts posing as mental masturbation?
  • The book is a good read 3/4 of it. The end quickly degenerates badly. The book as it whole comes as pretentious, kinda of an IT book written by project managers. For nerds, summing it up, it is the equivalent in literature of the ITIL books.
    • The book as it whole comes as pretentious, kinda of an IT book written by project managers. For nerds, summing it up, it is the equivalent in literature of the ITIL books.

      So like Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, except less entertaining?

  • by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @03:13AM (#50684293)
    I wonder how many people believe both that "The Martian" is based on a true story and that the Apollo moon landings were fake. I bet there are a few, some people seem to be serial conspiracy theory/hoax believers.
    • That was what I immediately wondered, but it's no real surprise that many people dismiss reality as false and embrace fiction as reality. It's been happening for a long, long time.

  • this is the one they faked, we haven't really been to mars yet.
  • I attended a screening of Birth of a Nation at school, which had a panel discussion after the film. One of the questions fielded from the audience was, "Were those actual Civil War battle scenes?". I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing for the rest of the panel.

    That girl is looking just a bit smarter now. At least they had still photography during the Civil War, so the possibility of some early, expensive, motion picture system is at least plausible. Not knowing that we've never been anywhere near

    • Could there have been a slight chance that she really meant if the scenes where authentic but didn't phrase the question correctly? Just hoping that people are not that stupid...
      • by tomhath ( 637240 )
        That movie was made in 1915, about 50 years after the Civil War ended. Her question wasn't really that absurd - she was just off a few decades on when the first movies were made.
  • by Tom ( 822 )

    If the average IQ is 100 (and it is, by definition), that means for everyone with a 160 IQ, there has to be someone with a 40 IQ, or two people with 70 IQ, or four with 80...

    There is an incredible number of stupid, uneducated idiots in this world, right around you. You just don't notice them because our social circles tend to be made up largely so others in it are similar to ourselves.

    As the saying goes: Being stupid is a lot like being dead. It's more difficult for people around you than for yourself.

    • If the average IQ is 100 (and it is, by definition), that means for everyone with a 160 IQ, there has to be someone with a 40 IQ, or two people with 70 IQ, or four with 80...

      There is an incredible number of stupid, uneducated idiots in this world, right around you.

      IQ curve is a normalized bell curve. Equal on both sides, reaching into infinity on both sides.
      BUT... There is neither infinite IQ nor 0 intelligence. Neither of those would be a living human being.
      So right there, the curve itself is a broken representation. If taken in such a simplistic "or two people with 70 IQ, or four with 80" way.

      Back in reality, those numbers actually mean something.
      Anything in the 71 - 84 range is considered "Borderline Intellectual Functioning".
      These are people with difficulties lea

      • by Alumoi ( 1321661 )

        BUT... There is neither infinite IQ nor 0 intelligence.

        Did you look at the politicians, marketing people and (most) TV hosts?
        Yeah, I thought so.

  • ignorance and stupidity are alive and well
  • There's a Castle Frankenstein in Hesse, Germany. If you read the online reviews for it (e.g. TripAdvisor) , it's amazing how many people seem to think that it's the historical residence of a certain Dr. Frankenstein...
  • I'm just glad you're main link goes here rather than buzzfeed.

  • An accident during a space mission, and only science, quick thinking and creative ad-hoc engineering saves the crew.
  • So they found a bunch of tweets where someone said they heard someone say that their third cousin's step-brother's ex-wife's kid from a former marriage asked the guy at the Quik-E-Mart if The Martian was a true story...

    Yeah, that's a reliable polling method.

  • Apollo 13 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Zobeid ( 314469 ) on Thursday October 08, 2015 @08:33AM (#50685217)

    This is like the reverse of what we had with Apollo 13. I watched it with a friend who was *astonished* to learn it was based on a true story. And yet, even I -- somewhat of a space nut myself -- had barely heard of the Apollo 13 mission when I was growing up. Nobody talked about it. There were no documentaries about it. I was vaguely aware that there was one Apollo mission that had some kind of malfunction and was aborted, but that was all. I had no idea there was any sort of *drama* associated with that.

    When the Apollo 13 mission happened, I presume it was all over the news. I don't remember because I was four years old. Maybe all these people who think The Martian was real are just assuming it was before their time???

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