How things have changed? I remember as a child if I wanted to expand my knowledge I would have to make a trip to the library. The books, although interesting generally, were dated. The way forward would have been to join a group, but these days life is made easier by the vast amount of online communities.
What is an Online Community – Myles Dyer
If you have a passion or require support, there are also online communities that will support, guide and help you through your journey.
Macmillan’s Online Community
The web has also allowed the development of citizen journalists with the success of such online reporting as the Huffington Post and the Daily Kos, giving us the ability to receive up to date news and being informed on local and international development. But how does this relate to science communication can blogging be an effective tool to inform and engage the general public?. From one point of view the ability to discuss science themes allows the debunking of negative ideas, but on the other hand in some communities such as The Flat Earth Society, it also re-enforces their believes. Scientist have the ability to develop a global online community to allow an open discussion on ideas and research as predicted by the following video.
The Internet Generation – science in the global online community
As a member of the general public and a scientist, I want to be involved with latest developments. Having the ability to express my view online either as a blogger or in forum is a great step forward. The web 2.0 has given us this ability to be a global community without borders. As long as the science community takes advantage of this situation and we all get involved and don’t leave it to some dominant persuasive journalist, there might be a chance that the blogger could save us.
Limitations of Blogs Mooney, Chris & Kirshenbaum, Sheril (2009) Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, Basic Books, New York. Chapter 9. P109-116, 71-75.