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ERIC Number: EJ912349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Don't Dumb Me down
Goldacre, Ben
Primary Science Review, n98 p15-17 May-Jun 2007
In this article, the author talks about pseudoscientific quack, or a big science story in a national newspaper and explains why science in the media is so often pointless, simplistic, boring, or just plain wrong. It is the author's hypothesis that in their choice of stories, and the way they cover them, the media create a parody of science, for their own means. They then attack this parody as if they were critiquing science. However, the problems in what the media choose to cover stem from one central theme: there is no useful information in most science stories. The author argues that the only way the media work around their inability to deliver scientific evidence is by using authority figures, the very antithesis of what science is about, as if they were priests, or politicians, or parent figures. Yet, the danger of authority figure coverage, in the absence of real evidence, is that it leaves the field wide open for questionable authority figures to waltz in. The author presents examples of news about topical issues in the media and how they can often distort the real science behind them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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