Pseudoscience in Sponsored Content on TV

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dann
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Pseudoscience in Sponsored Content on TV

Post by dann » Mon 24 May 2021, 12:49

Excellent edition of John Oliver's weekly show Last Week Tonight about "sponsored content":
John Oliver explains why the integrity of local news is so important, how sponsored content could damage that integrity, and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket! (It’s not.)
Sponsored Content: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (On YouTube, May 24, 2021)
What I particularly love about his show is that Last Week Tonight so often goes after pseudoscience and superstition and does so following what you might call 'the practical skeptic's playbook'.
This time they have come up with:
Inspired by the biological technique of magnetogenetics and technology pioneered in Germany 80 years ago, the Venus Veil works confidentially to fix erectile issues and improve vaginal lubrication - all by increasing blood flow!
The Venus Veil - the World's First Sexual Wellness Blanket
and presented it as sponsored content on three different TV stations.

It is easy to dismiss this as something that only happens in the USA, but I have seen very similar presentations of pseudoscientific products as hidden advertising on commercial TV stations in Denmark.

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Re: Pseudoscience in Sponsored Content on TV

Post by Vitnir » Wed 26 May 2021, 10:35

Ja det är bra TV och han förstår den skeptiska vinkeln. Tyvärr orkar jag inte med alla negativa nyheter. Till och med avsnittet om svart hår var deprimerande.
Sponsrat innehåll är överallt i t.ex. podcaster och det skär sig ibland när programledarna talar sig varma för någon suspekt produkt. Men jag är inte beredd att betala för alla podcaster jag lyssnar på. I dagsläget är det bara en jag betalar för men jag överväger att börja med podcasten Sinnessjukt också.
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Re: Pseudoscience in Sponsored Content on TV

Post by Baker52 » Tue 01 Jun 2021, 07:59

Pseudoscience on TV rights and content is already a byword for unrestrained woo, but the TV series takes things to the next level. We use cookies to help provide and enhance our service and tailor content and ads.
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Re: Pseudoscience in Sponsored Content on TV

Post by dann » Tue 12 Oct 2021, 08:52

Interesting YouTube video from physicist Sabine Hossenfelder:
How I learned to love pseudoscience (YouTube, Oct 9, 2021)
(A better title would have been: How I learned to love the progress in science that debunking pseudoscience gives rise to.)

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