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(CNN)   Apparently CNN's readers are too dumb to know what a solar eclipse is. From the main page: "What causes this remarkable event?" What indeed   (edition.cnn.com) divider line 19
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2012-11-14 08:40:41 AM
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This is what happens when a significant portion of the population disdains knowledge in favor of mouth drooling ignorance.
2012-11-14 12:34:52 PM
2 votes:
Am I the only person who has noticed that the graphic is wrong? The Penumbra is shown too light, as if it is fully bright. Also, between the moon and sun there are weird mirror images of the umbra and penumbra that correspond to absolutely nothing in the real world.

eldalin.com

I am left with the distinct impression that the person who made this graphic felt that reality was just not artistic enough and needed to be spruced up. Eiher that or he was just an idiot. Maybe both.

If there is one thing that is worse than no science education through the media is it science MISeducation through the media.
2012-11-14 10:18:49 AM
2 votes:
i208.photobucket.com
2012-11-14 10:17:29 AM
2 votes:
Cut them some slack, at least they are trying to educate. I wish there was more basic science knowledge conveyed to people on a daily basis.
2012-11-14 09:03:51 AM
2 votes:
You know, it's not that I don't believe that there a lot dumb people reading CNN, because there are, but if the confusion is based around not being entirely sure of the distinction between a "lunar" and a "solar" eclipse, I'm inclined to forgive that as somewhat legitimate confusion.

If the confusion stems from the word "eclipse," though, and encompasses a mindset built around the vague notion that some great demon goat is eating the sun, well, that's a different story.
2012-11-14 12:08:29 PM
1 votes:

JMacPA: So let me see if I've got the general gist of this thread.

CNN is bad for educating people about basic science concepts because people are stupid and haven't been educated about basic science concepts properly up to this point?

If only major media outlets would try and educate people, we wouldn't have this problem of major media outlets trying to educate people?

That about sum it up?


No, the gist is: The average CNN viewer is so dumb, it has to be explained to them. Since no one here watches CNN, as they are smarter than the average CNN viewer, they mock them for their stupidity.

Fox News is a whole other ball of wax: They actually don't try to educate their viewers, they reinforce the mental aberrations they deem as truth.
2012-11-14 11:19:49 AM
1 votes:
So let me see if I've got the general gist of this thread.

CNN is bad for educating people about basic science concepts because people are stupid and haven't been educated about basic science concepts properly up to this point?

If only major media outlets would try and educate people, we wouldn't have this problem of major media outlets trying to educate people?

That about sum it up?
2012-11-14 11:14:33 AM
1 votes:

Lumpmoose: CNN providing science education? More please. Especially compared to their usual 24-hour dreck.


This. Also xkcd 1053.

Did any of you Farkers try the solar eclipse quiz in the sidebar?
2012-11-14 10:50:30 AM
1 votes:

Valiente: Dude, the election's over. Give it a rest.


?!?

I thought his comment was spot on. Election, or totalitarian rule.
2012-11-14 10:32:26 AM
1 votes:

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Maybe, just maybe CNN panders to the lowest common denominator. I am waiting for the article "Everybody Poops"


They're making a move to take Fox News' viewers.
2012-11-14 10:20:18 AM
1 votes:
Next on CNN what happens when one side of the Earth blocks the sun, when you can expect it to happen, how to prepare and the technical term for it.
2012-11-14 10:14:41 AM
1 votes:
CHA
2012-11-14 10:14:27 AM
1 votes:

Aarontology: This is what happens when a significant portion of the population disdains knowledge in favor of mouth drooling ignorance.


You mean like when people don't know how to use hyphens?
2012-11-14 10:12:59 AM
1 votes:
Clearly we need to do way instain moon.
2012-11-14 10:11:57 AM
1 votes:
CNN providing science education? More please. Especially compared to their usual 24-hour dreck.
2012-11-14 10:06:13 AM
1 votes:
img.metro.co.uk

Mr. Burns
2012-11-14 09:23:08 AM
1 votes:

Cythraul: It's caused by magnets.


How do they work?
2012-11-14 09:20:36 AM
1 votes:

Aarontology: This is what happens when a significant portion of the population disdains knowledge in favor of mouth drooling ignorance.


The word of the Lord is not Mouth Drooling Ignorance! The bible tells us that Moses darkened the sky, and I suppose you're here to tell us all it was just an eclipse and the writers of the bible embellished the length of time to make God seem more powerful than he was for propaganda to make them join the religion? Pshaw, yeah right! What did they have to gain from this aside from power, money and influence? Get your facts straight!
2012-11-14 08:40:08 AM
1 votes:
It's caused by magnets.
 
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