The Between Popular And Academic Media Essay

1418 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
As the Industrial Revolution marked a significant increase in manufacturing potential, the Digital Revolution is said to mark the rise of the Information Age: a time of seemingly boundless information spread and stored through the internet. An unforeseen caveat to such a romanticized notion is that raw information is infinitely pliable. The form of information received is often indistinguishable from the form it was born. This phenomena is often present when consuming scientific information from popular media sources. There is a disparity of values and rhetorical conventions between scientific/academic and popular information mediums which habitually lead to the spread of misinformation and frustration among consumers unaware of the differences between sources. In order to minimize the consumption of misinformation, it is crucial to understand the fundamental differences between popular and academic media and why those differences exist. An exemplar of such an obfuscation of scientific information is a Daily Mail article titled "Twitter can make you immoral, claims scientists". The author, Jenny Hope, asserts "social networks such as Twitter may blunt people 's sense of morality, claim brain scientists", and, "a study suggests rapid-fire news updates and instant social interaction are too fast for the 'moral compass ' of the brain to process". From the title and the first few lines of exposition, the audience is immediately captivated by the strong claims of moral…

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