Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Stories: Language and War, Dr. Oz, Health Literacy, and Physical Inactivity.

"And so it happens. Without one’s being aware of it, it happens. A gradual habituation to the language of loathing." - Written in 2009 during the last war in Gaza. It may as well have been written today.

The wonderful Julia Belluz introduces the world to the medical student who's trying to take down Dr. Oz.

"Would you take fitness tips from a mouse?", the Globe & Mail's Adriana Barton covers health literacy for health news readers.

The Incidental Economist's Dr. Aaron Carroll saw those news reports last week that covered obesity as if it were purely caused by physical inactivity and he calls bullshit.

[And if you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, Had a nice chat with CTV Ottawa Morning yesterday about "refueling" or "recovering" post exercise]

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  1. The last link on "refueling" or "recovering" post exercise is not working. Could you repost? Thanks a lot

  2. I wonder if something wrong on CTV's end as link directs to right page. Sorry if it's not working right now.

  3. Now the link is working. Maybe at that time, it was down. Regret the inconvenience and thanks once again.

  4. I really liked that conversation. You squashing the endearing pleas of that melodramatic host with appropriate examples and rejoinders was quite a treat:-)

  5. Loved the health literacy article. Being able to navigate the sea of health information is as important as the information itself. I do my best to be careful when I read articles, but I still feel like I'm an easy target. If they claim "ground breaking" etc. that's pretty obvious, but many are much more subtle than that.

    Regarding the language of what's going on in Gaza, there's one thing I'd like to add to that. The language used is very impersonal. It seems that when other conflicts are reported, we have a lot more names. We know who the leaders are and what they're up to, and they come up in every news story. With Gaza, it's almost always just "troops" or "militants," sometimes naming Hamas or Israel, which also isn't very specific. The peoples are presented as nameless entities, and I believe this has an impact on the overall reactions of the viewers/readers. Occasionally, killed civilians are named, and this also has an impact.