Twisting of Data and Its Effect

After watching Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, then Martin Durkin’s movie The Great Global Warming Swindle, and after that the Big Swindle Movie YouTube video, I can see why the general public is confused. When it comes to the public’s view, I believe that the media has the most effect. In today’s environment, new stories and ideas get around very fast because of newspapers, magazines, and the web. But it doesn’t help that many of the mainstream media twists the facts to fit their arguments. What we, as the public, need to do is just look at the straight facts.

An example of these facts is, as presented in Gore’s movie, 928 peer-reviewed scientific articles were written about global warming and 0 contradicted the fact that global warming is real. 53% of regular newspaper articles say that it might be a problem and might not. This is the reason why the general public is not worrying.

With full force, humanity can come up with a solution, but this needs complete participation. Many people don’t even believe that global warming is a problem. Gore makes it very clear that it is happening and it is very dangerous. I think that the problem that we need to take care of before tackling the main problem is twisting of facts. As the Big Swindle Movie, shows “The Great Global Warming Swindle” as the biggest offender of this. This YouTube video shows that this movie blatantly lies to its audience, with its infamous volcano theory. It states that volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than all man-made emissions combined. A quick look at the US Geological survey, a reliable source, shows that humans release 130 times as much CO2 as volcanoes. Another example in the movie was that it also shows a graph, which is twenty years old and says it is recent. Climatologists then looked at the graph and the data it did not show. The data shows that the past twenty years have been much warmer than any year on the graph.

Twisting facts and choosing to show very specific data will cloud the key information to form an opinion. This leads to the public having an opinion that does not have sufficient knowledge. If we can take care of this major problem then I believe that humanity will be able to have a solution to the increasing problem of global warming.

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6 responses to “Twisting of Data and Its Effect”

  1. michaelm0017 says :

    Davidc I like what you said about choosing only the specific data to make their point. Often through the two movies, the things they have been saying were true, just not showing us the whole truth. Also I caution you in putting any weight in the that YouTube movie. After all, anyone can post on Youtube.

    • davidc0017 says :

      @michaelm0017 I get what you’re saying about anyone can post on YouTube. But if you look at the sources that the video references, it shows that it is very reliable. Also YouTube can also be used by reliable organizations for many different topics, such as NASA.

  2. clarkbeast says :

    Michael, the fact that anyone can post on YouTube isn’t a disqualifier on its own, is it? After all, organizations like NASA have YouTube channels. Sounds like we need to come up with a better metric for evaluation.

  3. brannona0017 says :

    David I share your thoughts about data twisting. I remember in seventh grade when we had a science unit about the affects if different variable on the look of a graph. I a seventh grader can manipulate a graph I think a scientist can too. I think the only way to find un bias research is to read the reports of scientist which, let’s be honest not very many people have the time or care to do. Overall good job on a good post.

  4. isabelled0017 says :

    I agree completely on how scientists and journalists will twist their own data, or, in some cases, other people’s data to get what they need out of it. It’s effect n the outcome can be disastrous to everyone. And on Mr. Meyers comment, I think being able to post on youtube might be a problem with the twisting of data seeing as the owner can post it under anything and edit it so that the problems seem obsolete.

  5. carolelizabethk0017 says :

    Again I too believe that scientists will say whatever they need to for their personal needs. All around it is confusing the everybody and we don’t know who or what to believe.

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