I love the Mythbusters. Not just because I like to watch them blow stuff up. (I do), More importantly… infinitely more importantly… because those two goofy guys are teaching my son to love science, engineering, and experimentation. Yes, the clips are stripped down of any real rigor, but they have made science fun for thousands of teenager and young adults.
If just a few of them choose to pursue science, and just a few more support science in their communities, and a few more notice when the film industry bashes science or blames science for the ills of the world, or invents yet another monster because of “immoral science,” then we might move the needle just a little bit towards a country where science matters.