November 02, 2005

It's About Time

I continue to dislike the continual "propaganda" that the authors of It Ain't Necessarily So are forcing down our throats, but I was very pleased when the authors decided to show the other side of the coin and acknowledge that there are good scientists out there:

Good research is published in what are known as peer-reviewed journals, that is, reliable research is evaluated prior to publication by scientists who are familiar with the subject (148).

I suppose because I am an English major, using only peer-reviewed articles as reliable sources has become second nature to me and I always assumed that non-peer-reviewed studies (those proposed by groups with inherent interest) are most likely biased and unprofessional. I understand that there are many less-informed readers out there who might blindly trust a study found on a cheap website, but even in high school we were told not to trust everything we read.

I understand that the authors of IANS are trying to make us understand that we shouldn't always accept the word of reporters and scientists, but after nine chapters it's getting a little old.

Posted by JohannaDreyfuss at November 2, 2005 02:43 AM | TrackBack

I had some of the same feelings when I read the book. The authors are obviously making an argument against journalists and the faults present in news articles. They give several examples to prove their point, but they do not give ways to solve the problem. I think a reliable argument not only points out faults, but should also offer suggestions. Instead of pointing the finger, what can journalists do to make articles better? I think that is missing from this book.

Posted by: Jenna O'Brocto at November 7, 2005 01:32 PM
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