This summer, I’m in an undergrad research program (very competitive and difficult to get into). I’m a social science major studying hydrofracking and am particularly interested in how people make their decisions about hydrofracking. For example, what is the news media saying—and not saying—about hydrofracking? How are studies being presented—or misrepresented? This type of research has a corrective factor to it…if we can figure out what is going wrong, we can fix it to make sure people are informed.
Dear little Mr. Mansplainer, a rising junior (I have one more semester of undergrad left) in a completely unrelated field, tells me I shouldn’t get my information from news articles. I need to use scientific sources like journal articles to get my facts.
I point out to him that I’ve already done two semesters of research on this topic. I do know the mechanics of hydrofracking, thank you very much. My further attempts to explain what my research was about were met with the same dismissive attitude. Because I needed to read journal articles, not news articles. When I’m actually reading both, and other types of media relating to my topic.