Describe your idea:
An lot of “science” news stories in the mainstream media are bunk. Sometimes they are completely made up. This problem is particularly bad in the fields of medicine and nutrition. I refer you to Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” for numerous examples.
I propose a community site which provides:
1. A way to collaboratively annotate these stores, e.g. with original data and references.
2. A way to check stories easily. For example, a browser button that finds the annotations of a story.
3. A way to publicly correspond with the editor, ombudsperson, and if necessary file a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission if the story is discovered to be false.
What problem does it solve?:
1. It allows people reading “news” purporting to be science to check the facts.
2. With sufficient feedback to the media, it could improve the quality of science reporting.
3. It would undermine media charlatans posing as scientists and “nutritionists” and spreading lies in order to sell their branded snake-oil.
4. It would improve the public understanding and trust in science and rational thought. The long term benefits of this should be obvious to anyone.
Type of idea: A brand new project