How the Media Influences the Public Perception of Science

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Sometimes careless science publishing can weaken the public’s confidence in science and the government. The Media is enormously powerful and leading and will influence people’s opinions on everything. There are plenty of stories in the media that will change the public’s perception of science or even make them see a new perception. Sometimes these stories are just written to scare the public into believing a certain thing just so they can sell their stories.

Stories sometimes are true and sometimes they are false but it is up to the public to believe in what is right and what is wrong. In this day and age, where information is available at the touch of a mouse, it’s not surprising that the media is a particularly dominant and powerful
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Even though the Sun informs the reader of the current happenings the story reinforces their headline which was intended to cause fear and death.
The Guardian, however, takes a different approach than the Sun; their headline seems to be more informative and less attractive. In contrast to the Sun, their headline states the following “Swan had lethal flu virus” even though they used a strong adjective like “lethal” their headline was way more informative than the Sun. However it is still, in my opinion, creating a scare mongering feeling. But in a way both newspapers are right to state that the H5N1 is a lethal virus.
The Guardian quotes specific experts by their names and their professional position and this creates an impression of credibility. Where the Governments chief veterinary officer is quoted as saying, “I have every confidence…,” or a professor of virology saying, “…still a big step away from a domestic chicken or even a human being infected,” both quotes intending to create a feeling of security and confidence in the authorities to handle the outbreak. It also mentions, “The H5N1 strain has killed more


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