`` Feeling Alone Together `` How Loneliness Spreads `` When Interpreting And Portraying The Research Done By John T

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While it is not often true that magazine and mass media writers get the essence of a scientific study correct in their entertainment based interpretations, Alice Park of TIME magazine did just that in her article “Feeling Alone Together: How Loneliness Spreads” when interpreting and portraying the research done by John T. Cacioppo et al in their research “Alone in the Crowd: The Structure and Spread of Loneliness in a Large Social Network.” The overall flow of Park’s article is consistent with that of Cacioppo’s research. And while certain limitations of the study were glossed over in Park’s recount, the main points and arguments were clearly stated as well as what actionable steps individuals could take based on their reading. The organization and flow of Park’s article is fairly consistent to that of Cacioppo’s structure. Despite having to spend the first two paragraphs of her article to provide the reader with context and background on the researchers she discusses, the remainder of the article follows the traditional organization of a scientific study. This difference though is to be expected as Park is writing for a different audience. Her audience is reading primarily for entertainment, and likely does not have a broad base of knowledge about the topic, or who the leading members are in the field, whereas Cacioppo is writing for a professional audience who most likely already have affirm understanding of the field and those involved in this particular area of…

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