Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by martyb on Wednesday May 11 2016, @04:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the just-the-facts,-ma'am dept.

The Washington Post reports on a video from the television series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver regarding flaws in science and in reporting about science.

Topics touched upon by Mr. Oliver include p-hacking, exploratory studies vs. confirmational studies, press releases, the "telephone" effect, animal testing, oversimplification, industry funding, sample sizes, and TED talks.


Original Submission

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @07:59AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @07:59AM (#345119)

    I like the topics he covers but he is a comedy show. At least 10% of the stuff he says I notice is wrong in detail. Thats pretty bad the actual rate must be much worse.

    So... there are entire "news" channels dedicated to pushing a (mostly fictional) narrative. CNN fired it's entire investigative journalism department [cc.com] (a segment done by... John Oliver, when he was at the Daily Show). There is no more news, only "infotainment".

    ... and you have a problem with what is primarily a comedy program having "only" 80-90% accuracy rating. I long for the days when serious news shows had such high standards.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @04:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @04:05PM (#345278)

    Not just infotainment, but sponsored infotainment imagine yourself in a BMW that is indistinguishable Emirates cares from actual the American beer content.

    • (Score: 2) by Joe Desertrat on Thursday May 12 2016, @04:24PM

      by Joe Desertrat (2454) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 12 2016, @04:24PM (#345291)

      Not just infotainment, but sponsored infotainment imagine yourself in a BMW that is indistinguishable Emirates cares from actual the American beer content.

      It may be that I am only similar in capability to the slow members of Oliver's audience, but I have no idea what the above means.