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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About CSI And America's Love Of Crime Dramas

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According to this information, three of the top five broadcast TV shows this year are crime dramas. Wow. You all really like your Elliot Stablers, Horatio Caines, and Olivia Bensons of the world, don't you?

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This has resulted in what some (including my college media studies professors) call the "CSI Effect," which essentially means that viewers of said shows tend to believe that the exaggerated portrayals of murders, crime scenes, and forensic science are actually acurate. So what, you're telling me that you can't magically test random items for semen stains?

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I love crime dramas, "reality" crime/forensic shows, even shows like 48 Hours, lol. I watched L&O from the beginning! Yes, it has crossed my mind more than once that it would be a totally awesome career field. Then I remember that I could barely pass algebra, laugh, and return to my useless English degree.