Reading two different articles about the same thing can sometimes make you wonder ‘Did I really read the same thing a few seconds ago? Because this news article just doesn’t make sense’. Mark Hendersons article in The Times (August 21,2007) appears to be a lot different from Anya C. Hurlbert and Yazhu Lings article (2007), on the same subject.
The name of Hendersons article is ‘ At last, science discovers why blue is for boys but girls really do prefer pink.’ To begin with, this is wrong. Hurlberts paper did not suggest this. The study does supports that there is a difference between the sexes, but that the preference in color also is influenced by culture. This factor is altered in Henderson’s study, saying that the results still showed that men preferred blue, when the Chinese male’s in fact preferred the color red ( This can be explain by red being the color of Good luck in Chinese culture).
Using the header “…Science discovers why blue is for boys…” does catch the reader’s attention but it also implies things that are not entirely true and feminists all over might turn against Dr. Hurlbert for her “statements”, mentioned in the news article. Only using parts that supports the belief that blue is for boys and pink is for girls are being used in the article, even false statements are being added! We don’t know if Henderson interview Dr. Hurlbert, but from the information given it seems like it, because she never mentions her favorite color in her article! That would be unprofessional. Additionally, mentioning that the Dr. (being an authority figure) who executed the experiments favorite color is pink, somehow gives the whole “girls prefer pink” idea more validity for the everyday person who reads the article.
Overall media customize scientific articles and papers to sell numbers of their own magazine. Henderson only use the bits and pieces that seem to support his header- the header that wakes interest and sells numbers. However, readers cannot be expected to read every scientific version of the news article, but at least take each news article with a pinch of salt.
God Jul och Gott Nytt År!!!
(Christmas tree blog entry )