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Panel Discussion: Can Humor Help Us Fight Misinformation About Science? | Northwest Science Writers Association
What’s the best way to fight the spread of misinformation? When someone shares misleading facts about vaccines or climate change on Twitter, should we be furious — or should we try to be funny?
Recent research suggests that humor has an important role in countering misinformation about science. One study found that scientists are perceived as more likable, but no less credible, when they use humor to communicate their ideas.
How does it work? And what does it mean for journalists and science communicators? To find out, please join us on Thursday, January 27 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific for a lively discussion with experts from academia, journalism, and comedy writing.