Social Media – Friend Or Foe Of Science???
Easy one. Foe. Check this out. You will see that in a recent JAMA report, the AMA called for “protecting” the sanctity of medical science in the era of social media. You will also see repeated cases that support the need to do that. The general principle here, as reported in a recent Science, is that it has consistently been: “found that falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth.” Yup. A sensational story will outpace dry study data any time! Bottom Line. This story includes a request that those invested in medical science make an effort to counter bogus science, and even gives hints on how they can go about doing that. Guess what. I don’t believe that there will ever be an effective antidote to Dr. Oz. In an era when the search of the Internet for the key words, “cancer, cure, food” gives 50 Million hits on YouTube alone, you gotta believe that the vast majority of these are, to put it mildly, not “evidence based.” Losing battle!!!