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Science, Journalism and the Public.

As I sit here and write this post, I think about something that really intrigues me. I think about journalists, and how they are truly the voice of science, culture and media. I think about the fact that science is just the thought behind something and journalism is the voice. Relating to my second essay for this semester, this idea correlates with the fact that journalism could in turn lead to a scientific revolution. One example that was presented in the article that I chose to summarize was the example of Alfred Wegener.

Alfred Wagener was a scientist who produced the theory of continental drift. This theory now a days is widely accepted by the scientific society as well as the public, however there was a time when Wagener was nothing more than a maverick scientist. His ideas were initiallly ridiculed by the majority of the scientific community and they were not widely accepted until journalists introduced his ideas to the non experts. With the support from the non expert society, Wagener’s ideas led to a scientific revolution which caused the majority of the scientific society to re consider his ideas and lead studies.

This example just seemed interesting to me. Its intriguing to think about the publics role in science and how much we can influence an idea to be portrayed. Do you agree?

 

 

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  1. ms
    October 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I agree, I think that both the fields of science and journalism rely heavily on the public, especially the latter. The public’s role in the conveyance of scientific findings is crucial, as is the way in which journalist’s interpret this information. Without the public, there would be no audience for any discoveries, findings, or anything else that might be of interest. The public usually represents the people most affected by such discoveries, so their reaction and opinions are vital to the outcome of experiments. In Wagner’s situation, it was solely the public that authenticated his work.

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