Dropping some truth @cheezyannabeezy ・・・
Shark attacks are so low, yet media coverage is so high. Every year, approximately six human fatalities are attributed to unprovoked shark attacks and approximately 100 million sharks and rays are killed by humans (University of Florida, 2017). The negative portrayal of sharks in the media leads to fear and lack of support from society for shark conservation efforts, while understanding marine issues and environmental value influence public interest and support (Friedrich, 2014). Though evidence verifies the integral role of sharks and the threat of near extinction for some species, media highlights the risk sharks pose to people instead (Muter et al., 2012). A study collected and analyzed shark coverage in Australian and U.S. news media found that 52% emphasized shark attacks, only 11% covered conservation concerns, and the remaining shared news about sharks in aquariums, biology, entertainment, and fishing, diving and tourism. More than half of the media emphasized the negative effects of sharks (attacks on humans) rather than the positive effects of sharks (balancing their ecosystem) and negative effects on sharks (shark finning). It is unknown whether the media is pursuing the right messengers for the stories, such as scientists, politicians, shark attack victims, and tourist agencies or that the messengers may not be communicating effectively the conservation need for sharks. The media has the power to shape the way society views sharks through wording, choice of messenger, and angle. That’s why it’s important for the media to distribute their information fairly as well as for readers and viewers to take responsibility in doing their own research and help emphasize the need for the protection of sharks. .
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Post/Repost by: @tesscorrigan