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Working with media: web site analysis

My dear 1st year students! I would like to offer you some self-study work for the coming long weekend. The 1st point of the plan will be analysis of the web site contents. Examine Skeptical Science web site to find answers to the questions below: 1) Who has created the site? 2) What creative techniques are used to attract your attention? 3) How might different people understand the message of the site differently than you? 4) What values, lifestyles and points of view are represented in, or omitted from the message? 5) Why is the message being sent?

Leave you works as comments to the post.

The 2nd task is to take a test on vocabulary from chapter 1 (Climate Change). The test is open for your group. Follow the link or use the button in the menu. In case you have any problems or questions, do not hesitate to inform me.

Best wishes!

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Александра Георгиади, кандидат педагогических наук, ассистент кафедры английской филологии института иностранной филологии Таврической академии Крымского федерального университета имени В. И. Вернадского

24 thoughts on “Working with media: web site analysis”

  1. 1) Sceptical Science created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics.

    2) On Sceptical Science web site we can find lots of interesting material. On the top of the page we can see unusual picture with two penguins and small green plant, that is growing out of the snow. And when we look at this picture a single question occurs in our minds: “Why is this grean sprout growing in ice?” With this question we go further and fing wide range of perfectly writed articles, analyzes, photos, caricatures, graphics and hyperlincs. And I really like that the creator of this web site has a great sence of humour, as this made the reading not only useful, but also exciting.

    3)This web site and it’s message can understood different people. But some, who lives at the poor countries or who don’t have a good education couldn’t understand the problem or even to know about such problem. I am sure, that at the New York or London you will find lots of books and magazins, where you can read different artickles and interviews about inviromental problems. But what about Bihar in India?.. Also some other people won’t understand, becouse of the religion, narrow-mindednes or just becouse they don’t believe at the problem and say something like ‘Show me the evidence’ but when you show, they don’t want to watch and to hear. That is why we should talk about the global warming, it is our common problem and we must know everything about it.

    4)This web site shows us sceptical and scientifical way of seeing the problem of global warming. It’s value critical way of thinking, arguments and peer reviewed literature’s opinions. You won’t find there religious texts or Nostradamus predicions. Only science.

    5) This message was beeing sent becouse, as the author said, “The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. When you peruse the many arguments of global warming skeptics, a pattern emerges. Skeptic arguments tend to focus on narrow pieces of the puzzle while neglecting the broader picture. For example, focus on Climategate emails neglects the full weight of scientific evidence for man-made global warming. Concentrating on a few growing glaciers ignores the world wide trend of accelerating glacier shrinkage. Claims of global cooling fail to realise the planet as a whole is still accumulating heat. This website presents the broader picture by explaining the peer reviewed scientific literature.
    Often, the reason for disbelieving in man-made global warming seem to be political rather than scientific. Eg – “it’s all a liberal plot to spread socialism and destroy capitalism”. As one person put it, “the cheerleaders for doing something about global warming seem to be largely the cheerleaders for many causes of which I disapprove”. However, what is causing global warming is a purely scientific question. Skeptical Science removes the politics from the debate by concentrating solely on the science”.

  2. 1) Skeptical Science was created by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
    2)The colorful design , a large number of different languages, for example Spanish , Dutch , Russian etc. are used to attract my attention. Also I like interesting information and gadgets.
    3)Somebody might understand the message of the site as a warning about what can happen during the the global warming or as an answer to the question about how and why climate change is happening.
    4)On this site we can see many scientific opinions, arguments on the topic of global warming. They don’t have political or religious influence.
    5)The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.

  3. 1. The site was created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
    2. Our attention is attracted by bright design, interactive calendars and timelines, colorful diagrams, interesting pictures and schemes. We can see that web site is divided into different sections such as “Arguments”, “Resources”, “Commentaries”, etc. which help us to find needed information faster. Also the hyperlinks are very useful in each article.
    3. Different people can understand the text, because there are different languages to choose on the page.
    4. The main theme of this web site is the Climate. We can see many scientific articles written about it.
    5. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism.

    1. Ksusha’s commentary attracted my attantion. We can find good and useful thoughts there. Ksusha wrote a lot of good information about the website.That’s why I agree with her vision of the it.
      In the commentary I found some mistakes:
      1.”web site”- “the web site.”
      2.”needed information”-”necessary information.”
      3.”The main theme of this web site is the Climate”- “The main theme of this web site is the Climate Change.”
      Althrough, I liked Ksusha’s commentary. Her point of view is very close to mine. That’s why that was interesting to me to read this comment.

  4. About website too.
    I think that this site is very useful for everyone.
    Firstly – there are about twenty languages on this site, that’s why it can bring information for every person who interested in science.
    Secondly – site has a lot of colored animations, science videos, different articles where you can out your impressions, or to ask the questions for the author, a lot of links which make using this site more comfortable.
    Thirdly and finally – you also find all the information about authors. You can find the name of the author at the top of article, and then find him, and get more information, if you are interested in.
    This site really impressed me, and I’ll use these articles if I need further.

    1. I like this comment very much. Klim make short and informative coment. Klim collect very important information. I found couple mistake. In the second paragraph Klim missed modal verb “can”. In the sentence “Thirdly and finally – you also find all the information about authors.”. It must be look “Thirdly and finally – you CAN also find all the information about authors.”. Relating to registration Klim not adhered to the rules of registration.

  5. 1. Skeptical Science was created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics. That means that the information from the site is based on scientific, trustworthy resources.
    2. Our attention is attracted by colourful design, a great deal of information and amazing photos with different animals and nature as well.The site supplies us with a plenty of languages, such as Italian, German, Russian and etc., I think it is a wonderful thing, as it may help you in learning a language, because the site can be translated in a minute.
    3. All of us has various opinion and the view of the world and life that s why we react to one thing or information differently. It also depends on our understanding, intellect, religion and our style of life. To my mind, it s very important to know if a person cares about nature or not, because the subsequent perception will depend on it.
    4. Often, the reason for disbelieving in man-made global warming seem to be political rather than scientific. Eg – “it’s all a liberal plot to spread socialism and destroy capitalism”. As one person put it, “the cheerleaders for doing something about global warming seem to be largely the cheerleaders for many causes of which I disapprove”. However, what is causing global warming is a purely scientific question. Skeptical Science removes the politics from the debate by concentrating solely on the science.
    5. The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. John Cook has no affiliations with any organisations or political groups. Skeptical Science is strictly a labour of love.

  6. 1) Skeptical Science created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
    2) On this web site has a lot of interesting material. Many excellent articles, photographs, various graphics as well as hyperlinks. Noticeably site creator that has a sense of humor, it makes reading very addictive.
    3) This web site not difficult to understand. But how about people who leave in Indies villages? In our country and many different, people learn about this from TV and newspapers. Many people not to understand environmental problems. However, we must publicize other people who don’t want or can’t understand this problem.
    4) This web site show us science facts about global warming. You won’t find at least something about religious. This site publishes only science.
    5) In the words of the author of this article “The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.”

    1. I think Kostya’s answer is rather well. Kostya have already answered all the questions correctly. Kostya very well improve his vision of the problem. But I found some mistakes in his answer.
      Firstly, you mustn’t put “on” in second sentence, because if we ask the question to this sentence :”what has this web site ?” you must answer : “This website has a lot of material.”.
      The next mistake, is that you forgot about the article “is” in the third question, “This web site not difficult to understand.”, you must put the article before “not”, you must to put a word “isn’t” to have the correct form.
      I was confused when I read this sentence:” In our country and many different, people learn about this from TV and newspapers.”, because i didn’t understand what does it mean. My version, is that you’ve just forgot to write the word “countries( or regions”. The correct form must looks like” In our country and many different countries(regions), people learn about this from TV and newspapers.”
      And i think the last one, is that you maybe forgot the rules about Present Simple questions. The next mistake was”Many people not to understand environmental problems.”.You must put the auxiliary verb “don’t” instead “not to”. The correct form is :”Many people don’t understand environmental problems.”
      And you’ve forgot to put the ending “es”. We must put the “es” with He, she, it. That is why you must write”This web site shows”.
      I hope you’ll take my advices into consideration, and correct your grammar mistakes. But generally speaking, I like this comment, because it is provides everyone with main information.

    2. My oponion: I think that Kostya wrote down a very good narrative of the Sceptical Science site, which is full of interesting facts and rather informative,he answered the questions precisely, but to my mind more details and Kostya’ s opinion could be meantioned.Also I found a few mistakes:

      – “Skeptical Science created” by John Cook-passive
      -” On this web site” there is a lot of interesting material on this site
      -“Noticeably site creator “-? The creator of this site? the use of the wrong word
      -“it makes reading”-the article
      -“This web site not difficult to understand.”-is,to be
      -” how about people “-what about people
      -” many different”-others
      -” Many people not to understand”-present simple, don t understand
      -“This web site show’- shows, singular
      -“In the words of the author of this article”-the author of this article said:- dirrect speech

  7. 1.This site was created by John Cook, who is the climate communication fellow at the Institute of Queensland.
    2.On this site we can see an interesting design with bright paintings and is interested. I really like the fact that in addition to the beauty of pictures and bright colors, it is very convenient.
    3.Each person needs approach, and this information fits all. it is not difficult to perceive. It is necessary to take into account all the views and opinions of people. And if you care nature, then you should obviously read up to the end of this site
    4.This site is full of science, a lot of interesting things you can find for yourself out there .All facts been reviewed by scientists and are absolutely true, nothing is invented. Even if you are not very interested in science, the site you are interested in.
    5.The purpose of science, explained that the peer-reviewed science says skeptically about global warming.

  8. Skeptical Science was created and maintained the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland – John Cook. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics.
    He is currently completing a PhD in cognitive psychology, researching how people think about climate change. He is also developing a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course),Making Sense of Climate Science Denial, to be released in April 2015.
    The design of the site is right for its conception. There is a picture of two penguins standing on ice, which reminds us of ice in Antarctic, which people expect to melt. You can see the name of site and its slogan “Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism” on the top of the page, which represents the main idea of the site. There are lots of creative techniques such as interactive time lines, graphics, tables, videos. If you want to get more information on this theme, you can find links to other sites, which can expand your knowledge about climate. The articles are very interesting and there are comments below each of them , which shows opinions of other people.
    To understand all information on Skeptical Science you need basic education and minimum knowledge at chemistry, biology and geography. This site is good for people who want to learn the problem of climate change from different points of view.
    This site teaches us not to blindly trust everything were hear from scientists and politicians, and have heatley skepticism in every question. Skeptical Science removes the politics from the debate by concentrating solely on the science. The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.

    1. From my point of view, it is really well-written comment. Anastasia did great work and I appreciate her opinion. Despite the fact she wrote detailed and interesting answers, she made some mistakes in grammar. E.g. “To understand all information…” should be written as “To understand all the information…” and “not to blindly trust” as “not to trust blindly”. Also Anastasia used correct vocabulary at her comment and I didn’t find any orthographic mistakes.

  9. 1) Sceptical Science created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland
    2) Our attention is attracted by colourful design, a great deal of information and amazing photos with different animals, useful links, connection with different social medias. There are smartphone apps,climate graphics. Also it is very useful that we can leave our comments and read comments of other people.
    3)Some people can think that this message is not very important, they can not realize how the problem of global warming is important.
    4)We can see many scientific articles about Climate change and comments of different scientists.
    5) The goal of Skeptical Science is to pay people’s attention to the problem of natural and man-made global warming.

  10. 1.Skeptical Science was created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics.
    2 Our attention is attracted by colorful design, four interesting videos, also a large number of different languages, for example Spanish, German, Russian. We can see that web site is the hyperlinks, in my opinion, which help us to find needed information faster.
    3. Everyone needs a correct approach of information. This text is not difficult to understand because of well-designed website. Sometimes difficult for people to perceive the boring terminology, so, such web site like this needed for visually perceiving information.
    4. The main theme of this web site is the Climate. On this site we can see many scientific topics, a lot of interesting things you can find for yourself that you can share with your family and friends. You won’t find something about religious and political.
    5. The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. Skeptical Science is strictly a labour of love.

    1. We absolutely agree with Sasha’s point of view . We think that her comment is meaningful . She wrote about the most important facts about Sceptical Science web-site.

      -“We can see that web site is the hyperlinks, in my opinion, which help us to find needed information faster.” – the first part of this sentence is strange . The word “hyperlinks” leads to misunderstanding .
      -“in my opinion” should be used at the beginning of the sentence.
      -“Sometimes difficult for people to perceive the boring terminology, so, such web site like this needed for visually perceiving information.” – We have to put “it’s” between two words “Sometimes” and “difficult”.
      -“such web site like this needed” – We have to put the verb “to be” in the form of the third person singular .

  11. 1) Skeptical Science was created by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
    2) Our attention was attracted by colorful design, interesting and useful articles. When you see the website at the first time, you pay attention on the mini-flags in the top-right corner of the page. And a lot of hyperlinks make the site much easier in use.
    3) Different people of different ages and educational levels can understand the articles on this website. The text has easy language, accessible for the majority of people, who need to get some information about climate.
    4) The website shows us different points of view of different scientists. You can see interesting arguments either in an article, or in the commentaries.
    5) There is a lot of information about the global warming. It will be interesting for many people, who know nothing about this theme, or who just want to complete their knowledge.

    1. I absolutely agree with Christina’s point of view on Skeptical Science website. The commentary is really good but there are some mistakes:
      1. “When you see the website at the first time… ”- “When you see the website for the first time…”
      2. “… pay attention on….”- “… pay attention to”
      3. “mini-flags”- “icons”
      4. “The website shows us different points of view of different scientists. ” – “ The website shows us the points of view of different scientists.”
      5. “to complete their knowledge”- “to get more information”.
      But still I think the commentary is really interesting because of its content and of course from grammatical point of view.

  12. This informative web-site, called Skeptical Science, was created by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at 2007. This web-site will help students, who want to know about different myths in this area of science. I want to add that the theme of climate hoax is very popular nowadays. So Skeptical Science web-site is well-known. There are thousands of people all over the world, who are interested in visiting this site.
    On Skeptical Science web-site we can find lots of interesting information ,but reading this information isn’t boring and humdrum, no , there are a lot of creative interactive calendars, which are located in the right part of the site. There are a wide variety of languages and some funny but useful games.
    For example – 97 hours of consensus, where you can choose any scientist and read his opinion and interesting facts about climate change.
    I think not all people could understand idea of this site because not all are interested in solution global warming problem. Some students, who are exploring this area of science will be interested in John Cooks web-site.I think this topic is very useful for us now because if we want to be intelligent people, we should improve our knowledge in varied part of science.

  13. This site was created and maintained by John Cook who is the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics.
    There are a lot of different creative techniques in this site that are used to attract our attention. For example site has an option to switch languages which is convenient for users from different countries. There are a lot of useful links and also site is connected with different social medias such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.
    All the people understand everything basing on their own views. Thus people make their own opinion about the massage and it is possible that people’s opinion will not converge with each other.
    This site is only about the climate and its possible changes. Therefore, there is nothing left except the climate science.
    The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. To broad the audience and to show how long scientists have been studying the climate and related field of science.

    1. Looking for Zemphira’s comment I can get all basic information about this site. Zemphira gives us laconic and full review of it. Zemphira use simple language and style of speach so information is well understandable. But I found some mistakes:
      “There are a lot of different creative techniques in this site”-at this site
      “Thus people make their own opinion”-give/have opinion
      “about the massage “-message
      “All the people understand everything basing on their own views. Thus people make their own opinion about the massage and it is possible that people’s opinion will not converge with each other.”- I can’t fully understand the meaning of this sentens.

    2. In my opinion, Zemfira’s comment is rather informative and provide us with answers to all the questions. It is simple and brief, but there are some mistakes:
      “in this site” – on this site (the use of wrong preposition)
      “For example site has an option…” – For example, the site has an option…
      “All the people understand everything basing on their own views” – How people understand it depends on their own views
      “people make their own opinion” – people form their own opinion
      “about the massage” – about the message (the use of the wrong word)

  14. 1. Skeptical Science was created and maintained by John Cook, the Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He originally obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, achieving First Class Honours with a major in physics. That means that the site was created by person who is qualified in this scientific area.
    2. I liked the web site’s design and interface. In addition, I think it is important that Skeptical Science has an option to choose a language. You can compare the information provided in different languages and in this way improve your language skills. Also there are many useful links on the site. It will help you to find some additional information on different topics. It was a pleasant surprise to see that there is no advertising, so nothing will distract or annoy you during the studying process.
    3. People with different educational and cultural background might understand the message of the site differently. Probably, some of us are just not interested in such serious issues like global warming and climate change, but those who are interested will find some food for thought.
    4. Skeptical Science is a great example of what the scientific way of seeing the problem of global warming is. It is pure science free from political influence.
    5. I think that the name of the site “Skeptical Science” perfectly explains why the message is being sent. Any information should be questioned and analyzed. The goal of the site is to show what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming.

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