View Full Version : Science vs the Media


TygerSan
05-24-16, 04:27 PM
This video is a little long, but I found it quite entertaining. It makes a very good point about the nature of science vs. the nature of science reporting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rnq1NpHdmw

sarahsweets
05-25-16, 03:52 AM
I didnt watch it- so this is just my opinion about science and the media:
If a health story, med story, or anthing involving both controversy and groundbreaking ideas can be manipulated into fear mongering, alarmist views, increased viewership or interest- then the science will be manipulated to support those views. This is especially true in the internet age.

SB_UK
05-25-16, 05:20 AM
Video can't be seen in this country.

media - $ell$ copy with 'man bites dog'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_bites_dog_(journalism)

Trust (in the media) direct quotes from academics - jump to website to see their write-up - then to paper (generally these stories hang off a new publication) to check its wording.

Just so happens that we're hearing a whole set of 'man bites dog' stories which're tending towards true eg Higgs Boson proof, gravity waves, fat is healthy, no safe limit to alcohol consumption ... ...

stef
05-25-16, 05:29 AM
I saw this the other day (during the brief glorious period when we had extra cable channels), it's absolutely brilliant. "A new study has shown that..."

Cyllya
05-26-16, 11:53 PM
Ah, that video. It's funny because it's true. It's depressing for the same reason.