There is growing recognition that there are numerous social forces twisting how science is represented to the general public. Some of these are well know, including publication bias, overly enthusiastic press releases, media spin and marketing pressure. In combination, these forces can lead to a range of adverse outcomes that impact, inter alia, the public understanding of science and health policy. It can also facilitate the uptake of unproven therapies.
This workshop will map emerging pressures, including fake news, predatory journals, implicit hype and the crowdfunding of therapies and research. The goal will be to produce a paper analyzing what the evidence says about the impact of these forces and to recommend strategies to counter their harmful effects.