Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Comedy Central Channel - Best Science On TV?

I must admit, I, for one, do not get my "science" from Comedy Central, even if I inadvertently did appear on it for a split second during an episode of The Daily Show. However, it seems that many prominent scientists think that The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are the two most consistent shows (both on Comedy Central) to hear scientists talk about their work to the public.

Carroll says the Science Channel has devoted itself to wacky pyrotechnics-based shows rather than real science. The satirical weekly The Onion mocked that the "Science Channel Refuses To Dumb Down Science Any Further" and noted shows such as Punkin Chunkin, which examines gourd-lobbing technology.

"It is a very bad thing for the country that Comedy Central is the go-to place for hearing scientists talk about their recent work, but it's great for Comedy Central," Carroll says.

Says Tyson: "Any access that real science gets to mass media is a good thing. Colbert and Stewart are very smart people. And they know the value and meaning of science."

Hum... not sure what to make of this. I don't think anyone has done any kind of study to see how effective science communication is from these shows.



Anonymous said...

Is this the show you were in? http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-28-2000/carell---the-big-hole

ZapperZ said...

That's the one!