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Gaming Rickets, Gaming and Righteous Fury

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 22 Jan 2010.

  1. Jezcentral

    Jezcentral Minimodder

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    Was anyone else amazed that the Daily Mail report on this was actually very good, and didn't play up the gaming angle at all?
     
  2. Byron C

    Byron C Official Necromancer

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    Let me give you a great example of just how badly wrong the media gets it when it comes to science reporting (mentioned on the latest SGU podacst). This is totally unrelated to the rickets article, but relevant to the discussion.

    The Sunday Times - the Times that is, supposedly a respectable paper - recently published a story with the headline declaring "Blonde women born to be warrior princesses". This article cited a small study on around 150 (ish) people done by a researcher at the University of California. What the study actually looked at was the "Napoleon complex" - are short people more aggressive? It also studied both women and men, irrespective of hair colour, and what it found was the opposite of the Napoleon complex - that people who are attractive and, in men, physically strong are more likely to display aggressive tendencies and be more "war like". This conclusion was identical in both genders. The journalist contacted the researcher and asked him if he could break down the data by hair colour, which the researcher duly did. He found that hair colour made no significant difference in either gender - therefore, blonde women are not more aggressive than others. However the journalist decided to either completely ignore this or got it completely wrong - hence his headline conclusion that "Blonde women born to be warrior princesses". Several other media outlets also picked up on this story and published the same conclusions - without bothering to do their own research and get the story right. One of these outlets was the BBC, who later altered their article but still got a lot of it wrong.

    You might argue that this is inconsequential - it's only a small study whose conclusions are not exactly groundbreaking upon which life-and-death decisions will be made - but that's missing the point. It's a great example of science journalism gone wrong - the actual conclusions of the study have been completely ignored, and the results twisted or fabricated to fit the story that journalist actually wanted to write.
     
  3. Invectus

    Invectus What's a Dremel?

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    Science are being moar and moar abused in these "type" of newspapers that are spreading like a disease throughout the population. Where is F is the criticism? if there is something children need to learn in school it is criticism and doubt before belief.

    I see more damage caused by newspapers like this than the headlines they create, like the latest big headliner, swine flu, a big bloody LOL.
     
  4. Byron C

    Byron C Official Necromancer

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    Make no mistake, "swine" flu (or more correctly, variant H1N1) can cause a serious risk. However that risk has so far only been seen in the elderly, very young children or people with underlying health problems - exactly the same risk factor as "normal" seasonal flu. As yet, there is no evidence to show that "swine flu" is any more virulent or deadly than "seasonal" flu.

    Still, that's no reason not to get your children vaccinated. Alongside the normal flu strains, it could prove to be a particularly bad flu season, so it's not to be underestimated.

    You are correct though, in that mainstream media has whipped up a storm in a teacup over this. I am glad to see that even the normally rabble-rousing BBC Breakfast News started to tone down their "swine flu hype machine", in favour of more rational, calm and measured responses.




    Ahem. I will now cease the blatant threadjack.... :D :thumb:
     
  5. Anfield

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    Reminds me of what happened in Germany, there games are now either heavily censored or banned if not censored due to the crap the media was talking...
    Even if some people realise that the media is not always right (especially in the uk, sorry but the level of some media here is rockbottom) the damage done can't be reversed and they will eventually get games banned.
     
  6. thehippoz

    thehippoz What's a Dremel?

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    bah bunch of crap.. maybe stress exercise with the younger kids in elementary- some kids are stuck inside when they get home.. also think all kids should play sports if possible

    I played soccer from 3rd grade up and learned alot about teamwork- winning, losing.. how to be a good sport.. we didn't get trophies for losing either(kinda like they do today)

    probably more the parents not feeding their kids right, esp if the only good meal they get is at school.. but blame on video games, bet with the ricket cases, the kids are malnourished
     
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