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I could see, therefore, which aspects of the projects these articles were reporting and, far more interestingly, which they were leaving out. In the process, I reached a number of conclusions about the unwritten rules which seem to dictate the way such articles are written. Handily, I’ve summarised them here:
* Patronise your reading audience by assuming that none of them will be interested in anything more than a cursory summary of the scientific concepts being discussed. Focus instead on something frivolous or irrelevant, even if it has only a tenuous link to the subject matter.
* Rather than treating the project or endeavour as a collaborative effort, make the focus of the article an obsequious mini-biography of the project leader, usually culled from a personal interview. If at all possible, make out that he is uniquely brilliant in his chosen field.
* Describe the possible outcomes of the project in the rosiest of terms and always be optimistic when making claims about the effects of new technology on standards of living.
* Never criticise or seriously question the scientists or their goals.
Originally posted by Sinny
Well, to be fair to them (the scientists) they are up against the establishment, if they publicy think out side the box, the are at risk of ridicule, job loss... Or worse, depending on subject matter.
Some are obviously bought and owned by the establishment to feed us what they want to feed us (look at the climate change emails scandal), however, I think if they chose to become a scientist they originally wanted to help humanity...
Originally posted by Hellhound604
Maybe, just maybe a science reporter explaining science in simple ways to a layman gives the layman some insight into the extremely interesting world of science, and how wonderful science as a career can be. But looking at the general ignorance (or is it hatred) based on ignorance, I fear for the future of the world.