Science in the Media
There is nothing like reading a good book or watching
a great movie for a little escapism and entertainment. With all of the
television channels out there and access to the internet, you can watch just
about anything you want at any time. In Unit 2, you talked about the science
involved with technology, but in this Assignment, you are going to turn the
tables and delve into how the media portrays science.
How does a pop culture portrayal of science and
scientists impact the average person’s view of what science is and how research
is conducted? Can what is presented by the media affect how the general
populace views a particular research field? What might the long-term impacts of
such a depiction be? These are just a few questions that you will reflect upon in
Your paper should address the following questions:
you hear the word “scientist” what do you envision? Which famous people or
characters from the media come into your mind? What characteristics do
they have in common? Discuss at least three characteristics of your vision
of a scientist.
your image of what a scientist does and how they look changed over time?
If so, how has this changed and what influenced you?
fictional scientists usually the heroes, villains, or a combination of the
two? Provide at least two detailed examples to support your position.
is science portrayed in fictional media (television shows, movies, music,
books, etc.)? Is it seen as a positive, negative, or neutral force in the
world? Give specific examples supporting your position.
you think the portrayal of scientists in the various forms of media
influences how society views people in this profession? Why, or why not?
the portrayal of science in media influence how certain research and
technology is viewed, and accepted, by the general public (e.g., cloning)?
Your assignment should be written in an essay format,
with an introduction and conclusion. The paper will require you to include
details from research including the course materials and sources you locate on
your own. Use APA format to cite your sources of information, both within
parenthetical citations and also within a reference page at the end of the
assignment. At least 3 academic resources utilized