Early last week, the results of a diet pill that was being tried came out. The outcomes of the results were posted in various journals and were immediately hailed. Many noted that it was the best remedy to curb the rising cases of obesity. The study that was carried on over 12,000 people living in the United States who were obese or overweight indicated that those that were prescribed the pill gradually lost 4kgs in over 40 months. Were the results too good to believe? The sudden scientific breakthrough was quickly questioned on various social media platforms. Elsewhere, people questioned who had funded the study and who stood to gain from the invention. Reviewing the problematic history of the pills as a remedy for obesity, will lorcaserin ever be certified for use in the NHS? Others asked whether the 200 euro monthly per patient was worthy.
Were the results of the diet pill impressive compared to the lower-technology public health selections? Public tech options include weight management clinics, slimming clubs, and better food labeling. Politics luck in many science stories invented. Innovators and scientists are now under immense pressure to provide soundbite resolutions and globe interchanging interventions. Despite Musk’s ridiculous outburst on social media, everyone can almost feel sympathy for the Tesla chief executive as he familiarizes in a very public manner with intensifying pressure to deliver on his hype. Elon Musk had promised to the world that by now, everyone would have affordable and safe autonomous vehicles that were going to be manufactured by Tesla. The reality of the narrative has far been messier than was anticipated. His promises have been discussed in various blogs over and over again.
Both autonomous cars and diet pills quickly remind us of the urge to look far beyond our sight the headlines of the science stories and ask questions about its political, historical and social context. Too often we wake up to dazzled creativity and novelty. Moreover, science and journalism should not be different from political journalism. It should strongly hold powerful interest and get to ask who benefits? Who says? Who makes the decision? This is what people have been attempting to do over the years through political and science postings. If the above questions that hold much interest are asked and answered most efficiently then we would be fully aware of the headlines that revolve around historical, social and political context.