Megan Geske- Week 13

November 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

In “Facebook and Procrastination”, Holland discusses the huge media response that Karpinski’s pilot study on Facebook and student’s grades received. Holland blames the media for misrepresenting Karpinski’s results, and makes not so subtle digs about “rival researchers” who blamed Karpinski for releasing the study.

My question is who should be blamed when studies that may not be accurate become media sensations? Is it the media, like Holland claims? The scientists?

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  1. In most cases I would blame the media for sensationalizing stories with little regard to the effects propagation of inaccurate science may have on readers. However, in this case and the case of autism, there is evidence to clearly suggest that the scientists themselves promoted their research despite it only being a small sample size, not peer reviewed, etc. I think scientists need to be responsible for their own research, and using press releases to promote their research which is at its beginning stages is inappropriate. Claiming not to know the media would misrepresent their studies or create sensational drama over unproven results is not an excuse and in my opinion makes scientists and their publicists appear ignorant.

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