Mass Media Is Responsible for the Socio-Scientific Awarenesss

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.

We confront issues with a scientific dimension on a daily basis through the media. If the idea of scientific literacy is to have relevance for situations where students encounter science, it has to include the ability to engage constructively in socio-scientific issues in examining a variety of real world issues and grounding scientific knowledge in such realities. In today's world, such issues might include the impact on society of: global warming, genetic engineering, animal testing, deforestation practices, nuclear testing and environmental legislations.

I would like to ask you a question – Is everyone a professional scientist? Of course not. People need to be able to use scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems faced in everyday life and to confront issues that involve science and make informed decisions. They must be capable of considering and resolving criteria about controversial science and social issues. The socio-scientific issues offer way to explore the nature of science, bridge student and scientific literacy, interdependence of science and social movement and democratizing science in society.

The media confronts citizens almost daily with news about scientific issues and controversial social by-products like the use of stem cells in medical research and therapy; the...