Is the media downplaying the effectiveness of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine?
What is the value of science communication if there is distrust in the accuracy, completeness, or truthfulness of the information presented? Media will often use strategies of selectivity to present a narrative that is most appealing to their financial interests (cannabis causes schizophrenia? Find out tonight at 6), but do not work to benefit the public whatsoever. In fact, these techniques to conceal some information, while bringing other info to light actively works against the interest of the public, and instead dissuades critical thinking and further fact checking, ultimately creating confusion and causing more harm than good.
The structure of the information, the literacy of the consumer, and the accessibility of the material determine how the information is used, by whom, and the influence it ultimately has on a group, community, or society. However, there is perhaps a more dangerous perspective; that the way information is presented has the potential to misrepresent and distort, with important parallels and implication for engagement with research, media, and public policy in public forums, such as twitter and facebook. In some cases, if a series of google searches reveals informative (yet incomplete) summaries of evidence that misrepresent the rigor and strength of the component studies, it has the potential to change practice in a way that may be deleterious to future science, medicine, & public discussion.
We planned to give you Dr. Christopher Norris’s work on the positive vs negative effects of cannabis intoxication (euphoria vs anxiety) and the associated biomarkers, but we got into a discussion on the problems with pop-science & science communication – from scientist communication fails, to public ignorance, to flat out fake news portrayed by media. Stay tuned for this exciting cannabis-related episode coming soon!
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What is science? Source of science misinformation?: 1:35
Lack of access engender distrust of experts: 4:09
Misinformation & COVID-19: 5:00
Why do scientists suck at communicating?: 7:25
Why do Scientists fight with the public on Twitter?: 12:30
Cannabis user = cannabis expert?: 13:45
How the media gets cannabis science wrong: 15:20
Black sheep, BDSM, bodybuilding & phantom pain – how nociceptors control pain: 18:17
Do genetics affect your cannabis experience?: 22:45
CBD misinformation, Strain differences, changes your experience?: 24:47