Tagged: media

Feeding frenzy: public accuse the media of deliberately fuelling shark fear - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 25, 2018

Peter Simmons, Charles Sturt University and Michael Mehmet, Charles Sturt University Are you scared of sharks? If you never read or watched the news, would you still be? Last year’s Australian Senate inquiry on shark mitigation and deterrent measures heard evidence that media coverage has contributed to “disproportionately high fear of sharks among the public compared … Read More

Mainstream media-political alliance gets vindictive - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 24, 2018

Hala Jaber, highly Respected Middle East correspondent and author of  The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman’s Fight to Save Two Orphans.” Image Credit: Goodreads. Several things have come together in the last few months – centred around news about the war in Syria, chemical weapons, the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury and the … Read More

Why Wikipedia often overlooks stories of women in history - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 20, 2018

Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology and Lara Nicosia, Rochester Institute of Technology This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Movements like #MeToo are drawing increased attention to the systemic discrimination facing women in a range of professional fields, from Hollywood and journalism to banking and government. Discrimination is … Read More

Why is one person’s science another’s conspiracy theory? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Mar 13, 2018

One of the things that’s become quite obvious, in the various anti-vax comments that I’ve followed and responded to on line, is that people with ‘alt’ views have very firm ideas on what constitutes ‘the truth’. And it’s not something that mainstream organisations, authorities, or scienceA are seen as offering. And so (on a new UNICEF New Zealand post) we see: … Read More

Ivory up in flames, but who really noticed? How messages on elephant poaching might be missed - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 13, 2018

Matthew H. Holden, The University of Queensland; Alexander Richard Braczkowski, The University of Queensland; Christopher O’Bryan, The University of Queensland; Duan Biggs, Griffith University; Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland; James Allan, The University of Queensland, and James Watson, The University of Queensland This article was … Read More

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 09, 2018

Babak Abedin, University of Technology Sydney This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the social platform last week to announce a call-out for ideas about how to measure the health of online conversations. The initiative follows recent demands for government to regulate the … Read More

Opinion: Turn off the TV - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 01, 2018

When I was ten years old, a traveling brass band came to town. My primary school class trotted down to the town hall, and there we listened to a spectacular concert, our eyes wide and and our attention unwavering. Finally, the band readied themselves for the last song. “This is one you’ll all recognise,” said the conductor, “Put your hand … Read More

Mad cows, Oprah Winfrey and communicating the science in a high-profile court case - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Larry Lemmons, Texas Tech University and Asheley R. Landrum, Texas Tech University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Twenty years ago, images of staggering cattle and descriptions of brains resembling Swiss cheese became associated with one of the most popular television programs of the day when Texas … Read More

It’s time to end the debate about video games and violence - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 21, 2018

Christopher J. Ferguson, Stetson University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Broward County, Florida high school, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy on violent video games … Read More

The transformation of the Super Bowl ad experience - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 05, 2018

Mark Bartholomew, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In an era of increasing media fragmentation, you could describe the Super Bowl as the only annual media event where a substantial portion of the U.S. population gathers at the same … Read More