Science in the Media
There is nothing like reading a good book or watching a great movie for a little escapism
and entertainment. With all of the television channels available and easy access to the
internet, you can watch just about anything you want at any time. Earlier in the course
you discussed the science involved with technology, but in this Assignment, you will turn
the tables and delve into how the media portrays science.
How does a pop culture portrayal of science and scientists impact the average person’s
view of what science is and how research is conducted? Can what is presented by the
media affect how the general populace views a particular research field? What might
the long-term impacts of such a depiction be? These are just a few questions that you
will reflect upon in this Assignment.
For the Unit 9 Assignment, you will complete a reflective essay to address the following
1. When you hear the word “scientist” what do you envision?
1. Discuss at least three characteristics of your vision of a scientist.
2. Which famous people or characters from the media come into your
3. What characteristics do they have in common?
2. Has your image of what a scientist does and how they look changed over
time? If so, how has this changed and what influenced you?
3. Are fictional scientists usually the heroes, villains, or a combination of the
two? Provide at least two detailed examples to support your position.
4. How is science portrayed in fictional media (i.e., television shows, movies,
music, books, etc.)? Is it seen as a positive, negative, or neutral force in the
world? Give specific examples supporting your position.
5. Do you think the portrayal of scientists in the various forms of media
influences how society views people in this profession? Why, or why not?
6. Can the portrayal of science in media influence how certain research and
technology is viewed and accepted by the general public (e.g., cloning)?
Read this resource from the KU Writing Center on how to write a reflective essay:
You are expected to use outside resources for this essay. Cite outside sources in
proper APA format. You can find numerous APA resources in the KU Writing Center
Writing Reference Library on the Research, Citation, and Plagiarism page.
Your essay should include a highly-developed purpose and viewpoint; it should also be
written in Standard American English and demonstrate exceptional content,
organization, style, grammar, and mechanics. There should be no evidence of
plagiarism. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, please review the KU
Basic Writing Expectations:
1. A minimum of 1,500 words not including the title or reference pages.
2. At least three reliable academic resources utilized.
3. Per APA includes a title page, double space, font size 10 or 12.
4. Include a highly-developed viewpoint/thesis, purpose, and exceptional
5. Demonstrate superior organization: use logic.
6. Free of grammar and spelling errors.
7. No evidence of plagiarism. Note: no more than 10% of your paper should
be direct quotes.
8. Use APA style for all in-text citations, references, and body of the paper.
A special feature is available to help you with reviewing your Unit 9 Final Project for
plagiarism. When you submit your Assignment to the Unit 9 Assignment Dropbox, your
The assignment will automatically be analyzed by the plagiarism detection tool, Turnitin.
Soon after you submit your Assignment, you will be able to view the Turnitin Originality
Report. Originality Reports provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in
a submitted paper. When an Originality Report is available for viewing, an icon will
appear in the report column of the Assignment Inbox. Originality Reports are only
available in the InBox. For this reason, you will need to download the report prior to the
grading of the Unit 9 Assignment. To do this, click on the print icon at the bottom of the
Originality Report. This will prepare a readable, PDF version of the Originality Report
that you can save to your computer.