Good morning everyone. The topic before the house today is – “Mass media is responsible for Socio-scientific awareness”, and I, Dhruv Kapoor, being a member of the proposition would like to prove how violent this topic really is.
First of all I would like to tell you what actually scientific literacy is. It is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity. It involves the negotiation of socio-scientific issues and requires ability to make informed decisions regarding these issues as they have moral and ethical implications too.
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This kind of news introduces citizens to a different type of science from the one that is usually presented in science classes. Most formal science education focuses on a conventional, non-controversial and reliable science and doesn’t discuss its tentative nature while the media’s news highlights a “borderline science”, that is controversial, preliminary and under debate.
Nowadays, the media, taken as a whole, are considered the most easily accessible sources of science information to the general public. For most people, the reality of science is what they read in the press. The media represent the only contact most of the population has with the rapidly changing fields of science and technology, as well as a major source of information on the social implications of these changes.
For example, the need for information on several aspects relating to nutritional value of foods and their usage was apparent among the lower educational and income groups. A close relationship between the extent of exposure to communication media and usage and the pattern of dietary knowledge and practices was elucidated. Women needed greater exposure to media to improve diet. Education and incomes, particularly among women, were found to be the most crucial factors limiting their diet. The greater role to be played by communication media, especially mass media in producing authentic dietary and health information through more creative programmes is brought out.