InformationWeek's Geekend: Send in the Clownfish

Geekend author David Wagner is no stranger to controversy. This week, he takes on beloved children's film Finding Nemo to sort fact from fish fiction.

Sep 19, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not every day that a writer can take on the big myths in our society. Today, one writer has that chance.

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In his latest Geekend installment for InformationWeek, author David Wagner takes on a sacred cow of sorts – the Pixar movie that launched a new generation of animated movies, Finding Nemo. Spoiler alert: He hates it.

There is some method to Wagner's critique. There are several new studies that show clownfish – those colorful little guys that made the movie – actually do enjoy wandering far away from the places they were born in search of new coral reefs.

You might ask why this is important and what it has to do with a plot that involves talking fish. It turns out that clownfish are an integral part of the coral reefs, which are rapidly contracting due to a combination of overdevelopment, pollution in the water, and the global warming trend. Clownfish now have to travel farther and farther away to find new coral, and those long and arduous journeys are threatening the species, as well as other fish that rely on clownfish for food.

How's that for a movie review?

Each week, Wagner takes an often humorous look at a variety of scientific studies about the convergence of technology and human – occasionally animal – behavior to see how we're changing our world, and how the world we built is changing us. This week, Wagner dives head first into the movie business. Check it out here.

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