One of the points that stood out to me was Avi Loeb’s point that if science remains a discussion topic only amongst professors and their students, it will forever remain an elite medium, which is detrimental to the public perception of the field. One quote of his that stood out was “the truth is not dictated by Twitter.” My question is about the timeline of social media. Facebook was founded 17 years ago and Twitter two years after that. Those were traditionally considered the sources of misinformation, but now we have other sources, like TikTok. How has public perception of science changed throughout these developments and where does he expect it to go in the coming years?
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