Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum cover scientific literacy, and the lack of in America, in Unscientific America. One subject of matter that I found interesting in the readings was how the media plays a significant role in feeding us science. We also went over the percentage of scientific accuracy provided by certain news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. The accuracy in science that is reported threatens our ability to understand and support science as a nation, and in turn can give scientists a potential bad reputation.
Not to put the blame for our scare scientific literacy completely on the media, but news broadcasters on television tend to give people what they want to hear. Sadly, what we want to hear isn’t necessarily science anymore. Especially with two candidates running for president this November (who some would even consider questionable). This lack of science in the media is dangerous, as it takes away a large amount of education that could be given to a great amount of people that need it.
Even with the science that is reported, a heavy amount of it is falsely reported. We learned that only about a third of the information reported on Fox News is accurate. This is scary news to us, considering that we already lack a huge amount of science in the news. What can we do to get accurate and new information? How can we change this society into a more educational, and scientifically appreciative society? It has to come from a change in the people themselves.
According to an article from phys.org (link at the bottom of the page), 20 million in America have a degree in science and engineering. How can so many people have a decent education, yet still leave America so uneducated? Because we lack a certain amount of scientific freedom in America. Our media gives us false, biased information, with very little exposure to what is scientifically accurate. Therefore, we need to make an act. With this many citizens with educated background in America, we have a duty to expose the media and get the facts that the rest of our nation needs to hear. I want to leave you with a question: how can you individually help change our nation into one that is more scientifically literate?