Thursday, February 19, 2015

Social Media & Science

http://restoration2012.wabc-afs.org/presentation/social-media-for-scientists/
How many times have you seen an article on social media and just knew that it was completely wrong? Social media allows everyone to think they are a journalist or an expert on something to share with the world. It can be a great way to share correct information, but unfortunately there is a lot of incorrect information too.

http://www.theonion.com/section/science-technology/
This is a really big problem in science, and in my field of scientific communication. It is really hard for communicators of science to share information when there is so much misinformation out there with everyone thinking they're a scientist. It can be anything from people becoming resident meteorologists when a snowstorm is coming and broadcasting incorrect information to others on Facebook, to websites like The Onion writing satire articles that people don't recognize as satire.

Many different disciplines can be involved in this issue, but I decided psychology, sociology, and education were some of the most prevalent fields to discuss.


4 comments:

  1. A lot to like here, but there are some pieces missing-- maybe tech glitches? Not sure. Check this out: "It can be anything from people becoming resident The Onion writing satire articles that people don't recognize as satire.
    meteorologists when a snowstorm is coming and broadcasting incorrect information to others on Facebook, to websites like." Hmmm. Try to fix this, since it feels very sloppy! Also, we will work in class to think more about the difference between an epistemology and a definition of a discipline, since those two things aren't quite the same thing. A good start here, though!

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    1. oh my gosh, definitely a copy and paste error, sorry about that! I just fixed it!

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  2. Social media can be a great tool to get a story out to the public but at the same time it can cause many issues as you have said in your post! With all these social media sites it can be difficult nowadays to tell fact from fiction. This especially rings true to scientific articles/stories. I have read some of the articles before thinking that what they were saying was true to only find out it was all fake! When this happens it makes me question where I am getting my information from. You have to search carefully to make sure what you are reading is indeed true. Great post!

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  3. I completely agree with you! Social media is a great place to go find information but most of the information you find on these websites are from people who don't really know, or aren't educated in that specific topic. One thing I noticed on social media this winter was people posting old weather forecast saying that we were going to get a foot of snow and everyone freaked out! Finally someone read the date and noticed that the article was for the storm 2 years ago! We have to be very careful on what we believe on social media, especially scientific articles.

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