When critical analysis meets communication channels at the speed of light, press releases are bound to be captured subjectively. For science, media needs to be part of the conversation, as this #circlesq post suggests.
In a famous piece of media analysis, the average length of a soundbite in a US presidential election was found to have collapsed from 43 seconds in 1968 to just nine by 1988. Although the discovery led to plenty of head-scratching and fears about the “dumbing down” of political discourse, in the end it changed very little.
After the first day of the Circling the Square conference, it would be easy to conclude that the communication of science by the media is heading in the same direction.
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