The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Why I distrust polls....

.... because they are hijacked by organisations, governments and individuals to get the information that they want. Read this article about the Science Museum's temporary exhibition about climate change and then this blog article about the online poll for the same exhibition.

2 comments:

Elee said...

That's really depressing... all round. :(

Definitely distrust polls. Although there was quite a good example of a poll being hijacked for good not evil a while ago. I can't remember the full story, but it was something like...

The Mirror put a poll on their website asking people to agree or disagree with the statement "I think that Gypsies should be allowed to jump NHS waiting lists". (I think this may have happened because people from travelling communities sometimes need treating more quickly because they move from place to place). Anyway, this got round on twitter (or something), and lots of people went on the site and voted 'Yes'. I think the Mirror then took to poll down!

J said...

Whoa, that is really disturbing, not to mention unethical and probably illegal, given privacy laws. If the Science Museum was a university, the person in charge might have been fired by now.