I’ve chosen to explore the value objectivity in the texts “The Really Big One” by Kathryn Schulz and “What Is a Black Hole” by NASA. These two seemingly different topics – one covering the effects of earthquakes and the fear of it, the other one introducing young children to black holes – are the two of the things that elicit the biggest emotional response from me. I realized recently that I do have a terrible fear about earthquakes — thanks to March 11 — and I simply love black holes because of the wonder that surrounds it.
Objectivity allows one to look at a topic from different perspectives; it allows one to ask if it is the best decision; it makes sure that there are no preconceived judgments. Objectivity is one of the values that I try to abide by, and based on how I reacted to these two articles, it felt all the more interesting to discover how objectivity is represented in science communication about things or events that people have certain reactions against it; or if it is impossible to remain completely objective.
“The Really Big One” is a really long article. Compared to that, “What Is a Black Hole” is a short article by NASA aimed for children in preschool until end of junior school (if interested about black holes, take a look at the wikipedia page as it covers quite a lot). A common theme that I observed from these two is that earthquakes and black holes are potentially dangerous: it could kill us if we are unlucky (even if we are lucky in the black holes’ case). Therefore, I could assume that most people will have certain reactions to the topics about them.
The genre of the project will be explorative, and the medium will be a presentation on remaining objective. The 500 words of original written material will be the script that I may go off of a few times during the presentation.