Should media only report facts and leave interpretation to the universities?

By Grant Jacobs 19/11/2010 1


I’m tempted to leave this as it is and make it my shortest post ever.

A title and one word.

However I have to offer a little background, not the least because I can’t take credit for this question.

Recently I attended the end-of-semester special seminar at the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication, ’Complementary or competing ‘ways of knowing’? Science, social science and local knowledge systems’, presented by two speakers, a sociology graduate student (Heidi Pina-Gasca) and a zoologist (Marc Schallenberg). Background on the speakers can be seen in the material for an earlier presentation of this talk. The title question is paraphrased from the last line of the first speaker’s open portion of the talk. (Paraphrased, as I’m writing it from memory.)

(PS: Excuse the run of shorter posts of late. Some longer pieces and research blogging aren’t far away.)

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