Pointless Studies (Was: NLP)

Chris Jack chris_jack at msn.com
Fri Sep 7 12:59:16 BST 2007

> You might think those sorts of things don't require any research. But> BBC radio this morning managed to squeeze in reports of all these> 'findings' into an update less than a minute wrong:> > * Artificial additives can cause hyperactivity in children.> > * Teenagers who binge drink are more likely to face social problems in> later life.> > * Youngsters who consume a lot of alcohol are at a higher risk of> becoming involved with crime or drugs.> > Who knew?
I've always assumed these were public service announcements tarted up as news and with enough variation to avoid boredom. People need reminding of things - preferably by associating certain behaviours with negative outcomes. I also have this image of a chief editor with a list of non-real news that needs covering every morning. Radio 4 usually has something on nutrition, exercise, and mental health. And after a while you realise there's a list of usual suspects who tend to get quoted on things. All hail to Marjorie Wallace from Sane for instance.
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